Popular Landmarks & Attractions in Salt Lake City, Utah

By: Hannah Shipley
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Utah State Capitol

The Utah State Capitol is the main building of the Utah State Capitol Complex overlooking downtown Salt Lake City. The building was constructed between 1912 and 1916, and was designed in the Neoclassical revival style. It boasts a three-story-tall rotunda and atrium, and four floors of paintings and sculptures of Utah's history, including statues of the first governor, Brigham Young, and Utah native and television developer, Philo T. Farnsworth.

Utah State Capitol Rotunda

The rotunda is located in the center of the building, directly under the dome. It houses a mural painted by artist William Slater, which features seagulls flying throughout the clouds. Eight scenes of Utah's history are also displayed in the dome. To the east and the west of the rotunda are the light-filled atriums, which are decorated with multiple skylights.

Salt Lake Temple

The Salt Lake Temple is the largest -- and most well-known -- temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The temple is located in Temple Square, a 10-acre complex in the heart of the city. It took 40 years to complete, and is only accessible to members of the church.

Temple Square Assembly Hall

The Assembly Hall of the 10-acre Temple Square was built in 1879, in the Gothic Victorian style. It was the second permanent structure built on Temple Square, and is home to the famous Seagull Monument directly in front of the hall. Presently, the hall is home to free concerts and works as overflow seating for LDS conferences.

Salt Lake City and County Building

The Salt Lake City and County Building is located in Salt Lake's famous Washington Square and has been in use since the late 1800s. Constructed in the Richardson Romanesque style -- after the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson -- the building has been the site of almost every local government decision during the last century. The City and County building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and has become a popular tourist attraction, showcasing its unique architectural features during free tours offered by the Utah Heritage Foundation.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is made up of 360 volunteers. Men and women, who are members of and in good standing with the LDS Church, volunteer to be a part of the world-famous group. The choir was founded in August 1847, and since July 15, 1929, has performed a weekly radio broadcast called Music and the Spoken Word, one of the longest-running continuous radio network broadcasts in the world.

Utah Arts Festival

The award-winning Utah Arts Festival is one of the largest outdoor events in Utah. The four-day festival includes visual, interactive and performing art exhibits, a summer solstice show, a 5K run and plenty of fun activities for the kids.

Gateway Shopping Center

The Gateway Shopping Center is Salt Lake City's only open-air destination for a one-stop-shop experience. The center, which was constructed around the fully, restored 1908 Union Pacific Depot, offers more than 130 venues for world-class dining, shopping and entertainment. It features French Renaissance architecture, original artwork, and the popular Olympic Snowflake Fountain.

Olympic Legacy Fountain

The Olympic Legacy Fountain is located under the clock tower of the Gateway Shopping Center. It's a fun place where kids and adults like to cool off during the hot summer months.

Hoberman Arch

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Hoberman Arch was located in Olympic Medals Plaza in the center of downtown Salt Lake. It was designed by Chuck Hoberman as a curtain for the Olympic Medal Plaza's stage. The arch has since been moved to the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park, where it sits partially- open and is lit with various colored lights at night for visitors to enjoy.

Olympic Cauldron

The Olympic Cauldron is also located in the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park, where it's frequented by locals and visitors alike. The steel-and-glass structure was designed to look like an icicle, so the fire burning inside it is able to be seen through the glass on the outside. Water trickles down the glass sides of the cauldron to give the effect of melting ice. From the ground up, the cauldron stands 72 feet tall and is made up of 738 pieces of glass.

Trax Light Rail

The Trax Light Rail is a three-line light rail system in Salt Lake Valley. It serves the city as well as several of its suburbs throughout Salt Lake County. Two additional extensions to Draper and the Salt Lake City International Airport are expected to be completed in 2014. The first rail was completed in 1999, and has seen a steady incline of users over the past 12 years. In fact, the UTA estimates that an average of 58,000 users will be regularly riding the rail by the end of 2011.

Maurice Abravanel Hall

Abravanel Hall is home to the Utah Symphony, and is also a part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. The hall, which opened in September 1979, was originally known as Symphony Hall until the name was changed in 1993 to honor Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony.

Calvin Ramtpon Salt Palace, Convention Center

Calvin Ramtpon Salt Palace is named after two previous Salt Palaces; former arenas that were entertainment venues with the original dating back to the late 19th century. Today's structure is a convention center that boasts 515,000 -square -feet of exhibit space and 164,000 -square -feet of meeting space. The Salt Palace was home to the Olympic Media Center during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Calvin Rampton Salt Palace, Architecture

The North Foyer of the Salt Palace is a great example of the Salt Palace's exquisite architecture. The trusses that support the roof were created by famous roller-coaster designer, Kent Seko.

Cathedral of the Madeleine

Completed in 1909, the Cathedral of the Madeleine was erected with a Romanesque exterior and a Gothic interior. The Roman Catholic Church is the only cathedral in the U.S. under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene and currently serves as the mother church of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden is a botanical garden and arboretum that features 11 themed gardens and nearly four miles of hiking trials. Open year -round, the peaceful property includes a children's garden with three oversized sculptural lizards, a vine maze, a medicinal garden and a fragrance garden, just to name a few. Along with the beautiful landscape, the gardens also offer educational and entertaining events such as summer camps, garden-related workshops, stage performances and more.

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