Discover Things to Do in Salt Lake City

Curiosity is the only compass you need

In a city known for its hometown hospitality, visitors can have it both ways and enjoy popular attractions in addition to mingling with locals at more low-key establishments. No matter your interests, you can enjoy a wide variety of things to do in Salt Lake City in the area surrounding our downtown hotel.

From sightseeing to shopping to skiing, there’s truly something for everyone in this capital city. Breathtaking architecture can be enjoyed right in Temple Square, and over 100 shops and restaurants are located at the City Creek Center. Popular annual events are hosted in Salt Lake City throughout the year, including the renowned Sundance Film Festival. Meanwhile, the Wasatch Mountain landscape offers numerous ski slopes, golf courses, and water sports opportunities.

Our friendly staff is happy to provide their recommendations for the top places to see and things to do when you stay with us at Hotel RL. Read on to learn even more about some of our picks for the best Salt Lake City attractions.

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Squatter's 147 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84010 801-363-2739 0.59

Squatters is Salt Lake's premier brewpub. The cuisine is of the pub comfort-food variety, the beer is brewed on-site, and both are award-winning. There are enough International Beer Festival medals here to circle Salt Lake City.

The Copper Onion 111 E Broadway # 170, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-355-3282 0.85

To say this place came out of the gate strong would be an understatement. It was voted "Best New Restaurant 2010" and finished second in 2011 as "Best Downtown Restaurant." Despite its youth, the Copper Onion has become a favorite of Salt Lake locals and out-of-towners alike.

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The Bayou 645 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-961-8400 0.45

With over 300 beers available, this place calls itself "Beervana." Pair this with the Cajun grub and live bands on weekends, and the Bayou is one of Salt Lake's epic nightlife haunts. Did we mention they have deep-fried Twinkies?

Temple Square 50 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 801-240-4872 1.16

Temple Square is one of Utah's number one tourist attractions and the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Salt Lake Bees Baseball 77 West 1300 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 801-350-6900 1.14

Head out for a night of baseball, Cracker Jacks and breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains at Spring Mobile Ballpark, one of the most modern parks in the minor leagues. What a way to spend a gorgeous spring or summer evening in SLC!

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City Creek Center 50 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84144 801-521-2012 1.01

The retractable roof on this outdoor plaza keeps you cool and shaded in the summer and toasty in the winter. The stores keep you looking fabulous all year round. Featured shops include Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Macy's, Nordstrom and 80 other popular shopping destinations.

Gateway District 64 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 8901-456-0095 1.24

Downtown Salt Lake's premier shopping spot, the Gateway is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment destination offering over 115 shops and restaurants as well as family-friendly activity venues like Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway. And the people watching is complimentary.

Trolley Square 600 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 801-521-9877 1.17

A converted trolley car-barn and transportation complex, Trolley Square offers visitors a glimpse into Salt Lake's history as an Old West outpost and a truly unique shopping experience.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon Hikes Big Cottonwood Canyon Road Salt Lake City,UT 84121 801-356-9077 25.06

Big Cottonwood Canyon is a quick 25 minutes away from Salt Lake International Airport (22 miles), and is home to two world-class ski resorts (Solitude & Brighton), legendary rock climbing routes, epic backcountry skiing access, hiking and mountain biking trails, and picnic areas straight out of an outdoor magazine. So come take a drive through this ancient canyon created by both glacier and stream erosion. Pack a picnic and maybe your hiking boots to stretch your legs.

Wasatch Mountains Wasatch Range 83.97

he Wasatch Mountain Range runs from north to south from Logan, past Ogden and Salt Lake City to Provo. Along its length are thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, pretty rivers and great scenic drives. Twelve ski resorts operate in the Wasatch and are consistently blanketed with piles of dry powder.

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Alpine Loop Alpine Loop Provo, UT 84606 801-851-2100 47.04
Clark Planetarium 110 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-456-7827 1.12

And if the kids ever do get tired of Discovery Gateway, take them right next door to Clark Planetarium, where they can explore the wonders of space and science through a state-of-the art 3D IMAX and Hansen Dome Theatre, as well as space and science exhibits that will make their hair stand on end. And it's not just for kids, the movie theater and exhibits are just as enthralling for adults.

The Gallivan Center 239 S Main St Salt Lake City, UT, 84111 801-535-6110 0.77

Looking for local activities? Check out the Gallivan Center for Ice Skating, free downtown concerts and more!

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Fort Douglas Military Museum 32 Potter St, Fort Douglas, UT 84113 801-581-1251 3.55

Situated on the Wasatch Bench adjacent to the University of Utah and overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, the Fort Douglas Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Utah's military history.

Natural History Museum 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 801-581-6927 4.22

The Natural History Museum of Utah is a museum located at the Rio Tinto Center on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Downtown Salt Lake Farmers Market Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-333-1104 0.18

Taka a taste of Utah home with you. The Market-with more than 250 vendors-features a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared foods and beverages, and crafts from local artisans. It is open Saturday mornings (June 9 to October 27) from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and Tuesday evenings (August 7 to October 23) from 4:00 P.M. until Dusk in Historic Pioneer Park in Downtown Salt Lake City.

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Gracie's 326 South West Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 801-819-7565 0.46

Located just two blocks from the hotel, this gastropub has something for everyone. Whether you want to catch a game on TV, enjoy a great meal, listen to a little local live music or take in the city views from one of two patios, Gracie's is the perfect place to stir your evening to life.

The Depot The Gateway, 400 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 456-2800 1.34

The DEPOT is Salt Lake City's most unique live music venue. The Depot is conveniently located on Salt Lake City's TRAX light rail system.

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Brewvies Cinema Pub 677 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-355-5500 0.19

The genius of this place is in its simplicity - a bar that shows movies - from Hollywood hits to 70's Kung Fu classics. If movies aren't your thing, just order up a drink and shoot a little pool. Best of all, it's right in our backyard. We can literally see the marquee from here.

Capitol Theatre 50 West 200 South Salt Lake City, UT 800-259-5840 0.74

The Capitol Theatre is one of Salt Lake County’s most beloved buildings. A landmark in downtown Salt Lake since 1913, a newspaper reporter at the time described the building as “rich and restful, without vulgar or gaudy display.” Vaudevillians, silent movies, and “talkies,” were the mainstay in the theatre for years. Renovated and reopened in 1978 the Capitol Theatre is known today for its elegant turn of the century architecture and serves as the home for Ballet West, Utah Opera, Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America -Utah. The Capitol hosts a wide variety of events each season. Recent events include auditions for Fox Television’s So You Think You Can Dance; singer Sinead O’Conner and Jim Brickman; comedian Carlos Mencia; and the annual KUER Public Radio Silent Film night. Large scale productions at the Capitol include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 385-468-1010 0.61

The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is a three-venue arts complex in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah that is home to various performing arts organizations, such as Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

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The Great Salt Lake Great Salt Lake, Utah 888-777-9771 39.28

Easily the most asked-about tourist destination in Utah, the lake is a remnant of prehistoric Lake Bonneville. What remains today is a landlocked lake whose waters are five times saltier than the ocean. It is the largest lake between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean and it is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. The lake's surrounding islands provide outstanding scenery and an abundance of recreational activities. Whether you're a bird lover, avid sailor or just enjoy life on the water, the Great Salt Lake is a fun day trip for individual travelers or the entire family.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 801-585-0556 4.33

Tucked into the foothills of the Salt Lake Valley just 12 minutes from downtown Salt Lake, Red Butte is Utah's only Arboretum. Browse 11 uniquely themed botanical gardens, a specialty gift shop, and an Orangerie (heated) Garden. There are outdoor concerts in the summer and classes for adults and kids offered year round. A great spot for a picnic lunch.

Park City Park City, UT 0

At 3,330 acres, Park City is one of the world's top-rated ski and snowboarding adventure destinations. Take your pick from 13 well-groomed signature runs with captivating views of the Wasatch Mountains. Park City also features some of the best terrain parks in the West, from freerider rails and fun boxes to a lighted jib park and the Eagle Superpipe, one of the centerpiece runs of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Nearby Gorgoza Park also offers ice-skating, tubing and snowmobiling.

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Brigham Young University Provo, UT 84602 (801) 422-4636 43.72

Brigham Young University is a private research university located in Provo, Utah, United States. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Battalion Monument Utah State Capitol 350 State St Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-538-3000 2.01

On the grounds of the Capitol Building is this large memorial situated in a beautiful setting. This monument was built in honor of the Mormon soldiers who were recruited during the Mexican-American War.

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum 300 North Main St Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1699 801-532-6479 1.81

This museum is home to many pioneer artifacts. Most notably, it holds the original painting of the driving of the Golden Spike, which marked the completion of the intercontinental railroad in 1869.

LDS Hospital 8th Ave & C Street Salt Lake City, UT 84143 801-408-1100 2.45

Located on 8th Avenue between C and D Streets, this large medical center was operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The hospital was an early center for heart surgery and treatment.

Devereaux House 340 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (801) 539-3130 1.39

Devereaux House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It was the scene of a meeting between Brigham Young and Governor Alfred Cumming to resolve the Utah War. It was also noted as the first mansion built in Salt Lake Valley.

This is the Place Heritage Park 2601 Sunnyside Ave S Salt Lake City, UT 84108 801-582-1847 4.31

This is the Place Heritage Park is part of the the "Mormon Trail," and is home to the famous This is the Place Monument.

Temple Square 50 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 801-240-4872 1.38

Temple Square is one of Utah's number one tourist attractions and the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ensign Peak Ensign Peak, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 3.41

This trail is important in Mormon history as Brigham Young and his leaders climbed this summit when they arrived in Salt Lake City and decided to stay.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 50 E N Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 801-240-1000 1.55

Visit the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where you can look out over the Salt Lake Valley from the 26th-floor observation decks of the 28-story Church Office Building.

Pioneer Park 350 S. 300 W. Salt Lake City, UT 0.91

Pioneer Park marks the site of the first pioneer campsite in Salt Lake City, and the site of the first pioneer fort. It's also a great place to bring your pets as it has off-leash areas.

Welfare Square LDS Welfare Square 751 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801-531-1000 1.07

Take a tour of this fascinating establishment. Created in 1938, Welfare Square is a complex in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), to provide material assistance to poor and otherwise needy individuals and families.

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