Top ChoiceMuseum in Salt Lake City

Natural History Museum of Utah

Rio Tinto Center's stunning architecture forms a multistory indoor 'canyon' that showcases exhibits to great effect. Walk up through the layers as you explore both indigenous peoples' cultures and natural...

Top ChoicePark in Salt Lake Region

Antelope Island State Park

White-sand beaches, birds and buffalo are what attract people to the pretty, 15-mile-long Antelope Island State Park. That’s right, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake is home to a 600-strong herd of...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Salt Lake City

Museum of Ancient Life

A family-friendly museum at Thanksgiving Point that houses one of the world's largest displays of mounted dinosaurs. The exhibits, many of which are hands-on, are arranged chronologically and teach about fossils...

Amusement Park in Salt Lake City

Thanksgiving Point

Fifty-five acres of gardens, a petting farm, golf course, giant movie theater, dining and shopping: what doesn’t the Thanksgiving Point infotainment complex have? The on-site Museum of Ancient Life is the...

Library in Salt Lake City

Family History Library

Thousands of people come to Salt Lake City every year to research their family history here, the largest genealogical resource on earth. Because the LDS believes you must pray on your ancestors' behalf to help...

Plaza in Salt Lake City

Temple Square

The city's most famous sight occupies a 10-acre block surrounded by 15ft-high walls. LDS docents give free, 30-minute tours continually, leaving from the visitor center at the entrance on North Temple St....

Public Art in Brigham City

Spiral Jetty

Created by Robert Smithson in 1970, this beyond-cool art installation is a 1500ft coil of rock and earth spinning out into the water. It's a little hard to find; get directions from Box Elder County Tourism or...

Museum in Salt Lake City

Clark Planetarium

You'll be seeing stars at Clark Planetarium, home to the latest and greatest 3-D sky shows. There are free science exhibits and an IMAX theater, too. The planetarium is on the edge of the Gateway, a combination...

Gardens in Salt Lake City

Red Butte Garden

Both landscaped and natural gardens cover a lovely 100 acres, with access to 5 miles of trails in the Wasatch foothills. Check online to see who's playing at the popular, outdoor summer concert series also held...

Farm in Salt Lake City

Wheeler Historic Farm

Kids can help farmhands milk cows and there are also tractor-drawn wagon rides into the wooded back acres at this historic 1898 farm. Tours of the farm house, which contains many artifacts, are by reservation only.

Wildlife Reserve in Brigham City

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

This bird refuge engulfs almost 80,000 acres of marshland on the northeastern shores of the Great Salt Lake. The best time for bird-watchers is during fall (September to November) and spring (April to May)...

Historic Site in Salt Lake City

This is the Place Heritage Park

Dedicated to the 1847 arrival of the Mormons, this heritage park covers 450 acres. The centerpiece is a living-history village where, June through August, costumed docents depict mid-19th-century life. Admission...

Religious Site in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake Temple

Lording over Temple Sq is the impressive 210ft-tall Salt Lake Temple. Atop the tallest spire stands a statue of the angel Moroni, who appeared to LDS founder Joseph Smith. Rumor has it that when the place was...

Historic Building in Salt Lake City

Utah State Capitol

The grand, 1916 State Capitol is set among 500 cherry trees on a hill north of Temple Sq. Inside, colorful Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals of pioneers, trappers and missionaries adorn part of the...

Museum in Salt Lake City

Pioneer Memorial Museum

You'll find relics from the early days at Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) museums throughout Utah, but the Pioneer Memorial Museum is by far the biggest. The vast, four-story treasure trove is like Utah's attic,...

Nature Center in Salt Lake City

Butterfly Biosphere

A 10,000 sq ft glasshouse is the steamy home to dozens of tropical plant species and more than 1000 butterflies, including the iridescent blue morpho and the orange-and-black halloween butterfly. Interactive...

Park in Salt Lake City

Olympic Cauldron Park

The University of Utah, or 'U of U,' was the site of the Olympic Village in 2002. This small, on-site park has giant panels detailing the games and also contains the 72ft glass torch. A 10-minute, dramatic but...

Library in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Main Library

You can do more than read a book at this library. Meander past dramatic glass-walled architecture, stroll through the roof garden or stop by the ground-floor shops (covering gardening to comic-book publishing)....

Christian Site in Salt Lake City

Tabernacle

The domed, 1867 auditorium – with a massive 11,000-pipe organ – has incredible acoustics. A pin dropped in the front can be heard in the back, almost 200ft away. Free daily organ recitals are held at noon Monday...