Places to Visit in Salt Lake City
There's a lot going on downtown...
Fare Free Zone or Walkable
Places to visit within walking distance, or accessible through free public transportation:
- Temple Square - Downtown Salt Lake City is centered around the historic LDS Salt Lake Temple and the grounds surrounding it. Open to visitors 9AM - 9PM. Admission is free. 5 blocks north of conference venue.
- The Leonardo - Salt Lake's museum devoted to the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci featuring exhibits on science, technology, engineering, and learning. Open 10AM - 5PM Sat - Wed, 10AM - 10PM Thur and Fri. General admission is $9.95; see venue site for other rates. 2-3 blocks from conference venue.
- City Creek Center - Downtown Salt Lake City's newest center for shopping and dining. 5 blocks north of conference venue.
- The Gateway - Dining, shopping and attractions. 6-7 blocks from conference venue.
- Clarke Planetarium - Located in the Gateway Center. Features star shows, public science and astronomy exhibits, an IMAX theater, and a gift shop full of geeky gifts.
- Area 51 - Dance and social club. 4 - 5 blocks from conference venue.
- The Depot (music venue)
- Energy Solutions Arena.
- Abravanel (Symphony) Hall.
Outside of the Fare Free Zone
These are attractions in or close to downtown Salt Lake City. They are accessible through public transportation for a fee:
- Red Butte Garden - Open 9AM - 9PM. Admission is $10. 4.5 miles from conference venue.
- Hogle Zoo - Open 9AM - 5PM. Admission is $14.95. 4.5 miles from conference venue.
- Living Planet Aquarium - One of Salt Lake's newer attractions featuring over 2400 animals and 450+ species on exhibit. Admission 17.95, open daily from 10AM - 6PM. 17 miles from conference venue.
- This Is The Place Heritage Park - Salt Lake City has a rich pioneer heritage and this park features restored pioneer-era buildings, exhibits of crafts, tools, animal husbandry, and lots of other interesting historical artifacts. Open Mon - Sun, 9AM - 5PM. Admission is $11 Mon - Sat and $5 on Sunday. 4.5 miles from conference venue.
- Tracy Aviary - Great place to take the kids. Open 9AM-5PM every day. Admission is $7.00 for adults, with child and senior discounts available. Located 1.9 miles (just a few minutes by bus) from the conference venue.
- Connect Pass -- The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass is your golden ticket to good times in Salt Lake. By bundling some of the city's best attractions, this all-in-one pass is a great deal on a fun-filled itinerary for you and your family.
Less than one hour from downtown
There's an unbelievable amount of attractions accessible within a 50 mile, or one-hour radius of downtown Salt Lake City.
- Park City - 30 miles (36 minutes) from conference venue. Park City is modernly famous for 2002 Olympic ski events, but long before that has become one of Utah's most entertaining towns, with many restaurants, bars, and attractions.
- Snowbird Resort - 25 miles (36 minutes) from conference venue.
- Thanksgiving Point - 25 miles (26 minutes) from conference venue.
- Bingham Copper Mine Visitors Center (currently closed due to a massive landslide in the pit in 2013, but we hope it might be open by June.)The largest open-face mine in North America.
- Sundance Resort - 50 (54 minutes) miles from conference venue.
- Lagoon Amusement Park - 18 miles (23 minutes) from conference venue.
- Hill Aerospace Museum - 32 miles (33 minutes) from conference venue.
- Great Salt Lake - 18 miles (18 minutes) from conference venue
- Miller Motorsports Park - 32 miles from conference venue.
- Timpanogos Cave Natural Monument - 34 miles (36 minutes) from conference venue
- The Alpine Loop Scenic Biway.
- Hiking near Salt Lake City.
Less than two hours from downtown
- Golden Spike National Historic Site - Where railroads from the east and west met in 1869. 87 miles (1.5 hours) from conference venue.
- Bonneville Salt Flats - 111 miles (1.5 hours) from venue.
- Wendover, NV - 122 miles (1.75 hours) from venue.
Under five hours from downtown
- visitsaltlake.com -- Curated list of State / National parks and other places to visit
- Utah has five National parks:
- Dinosaur National Monument - 191 miles (3.25 hours) from conference venue.
- Utah State Parks
- Goblin Valley State Park - 222 miles (4 hours) from conference venue. Unusual rock formations and shooting location for films such as Galaxy Quest.
- Dead Horse Point State Park - 247 miles (4 hours) from conference venue.
- Snow Canyon State Park - 310 miles (4.5 hours) from conference venue. Beautiful rock landscapes, subterranean caves, and challenging hikes.
- Frontier Homestead State Park Museum - 249 miles (3.5 hours) from conference venue.
- Kodachrome Basin State Park - 285 miles (4.5 hours) from conference venue. Picturesque geologic landscapes featuring a full spectrum of colors.
- Fremont Indian State Park and Museum - 180 miles (2.5 hours) from conference venue.
- Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum - 172 miles (3 hours) from conference venue. Comprehensive museum about dinosaur and other ancient life found in and around eastern Utah.
- Anasazi State Park Museum - 249 miles (4 hours) from conference venue. Learn about the Anasazi people that lived in Utah almost 1,000 years ago, how they lived, where they lived, etc. Includes preserved and recreated dwellings.
- Trip Planner
- Las Vegas is 420 miles (6 hours) from conference venue heading south on I15.
Last modified: 28/05/15 00:52 by James E Keenan (kid51)