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How to Spend 3 Days in Salt Lake City

How to Spend 3 Days in Salt Lake City

With three days in Salt Lake City, there’s plenty of time to see all the main attractions in and around the city, from the historic sights and museums to Olympic venues, ski resorts, and the Great Salt Lake. Here are some suggestions for how to make the most out of three days in Salt Lake City.  

Day 1: Salt Lake City Sightseeing

Get a quick introduction to the history of Salt Lake City with a tour of Temple Square, the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (formerly known as the Mormon Church). Explore the gardens, religious buildings, and visitor centers on your own, or opt for a guided tour. You can also enjoy a free organ recital in the Tabernacle (performances occur every day of the week); if you’re visiting on a Sunday, make sure to catch a live performance of the Tabernacle Choir. Afterward, stroll over to the Lion House Pantry, in the former home of Brigham Young, and enjoy some traditional ‘Mormon comfort food.’ 

In the afternoon, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city to see other notable attractions, like the Utah State Capitol, Red Butte Garden, and This is the Place Heritage Park. In the evening, return to the downtown area for dinner or a brewery tour.

Day 2: Natural History and Art

Spend your second day exploring Salt Lake’s vast selection of arts and cultural museums. If you want to learn more about Mormon history, check out the Church History Museum near Temple Square. The museum is dedicated to the Mormon pioneers' trek to Utah and contains artifacts related to church history as well as a collection of art by Mormon artists.  

Alternatively, head to the Natural History Museum of Utah to see life-size dinosaur displays and explore a fascinating archaeological collection, or spend some time admiring the huge collection of American Indian art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. If you’re visiting with children, spend the day at the Leonardo (a museum dedicated to creativity and innovation), Discovery Gateway, Clark Planetarium, or Utah’s Hogle Zoo for some family-friendly fun. You can also opt to spend the afternoon visiting Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.  

Day 3: The Wasatch Mountains and Park City

On your final day, head up into the Wasatch Mountains and see why Salt Lake City is one of the country’s top outdoor recreation destinations. Depending on the season, you can ski, snowshoe, hike, mountain bike, or just enjoy the views of the Wasatch Range. For some of the best vistas, take a scenic ride on the Snowbird Aerial Tram to the top of Hidden Peak. 

Next, visit Park City, a former ghost town turned resort town that is home to the annual Sundance Film Festival. You can also take a tour of nearby Utah Olympic Park to see many of the venue’s used in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Visitors can stand on top of the world’s largest ski jump and even book a bobsled ride. Browse the high-end galleries and boutiques on Park City’s Main Street, and enjoy dinner in one of the town’s famed restaurants. 

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Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour

Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing in Salt Lake City with ease on this 4-hour coach tour. You’ll see some of Utah's top urban attractions like the Mormon Trail, Temple Square, Old Deseret Village, the State Capitol Building, Fort Douglas and sites from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Plus, purchase lunch at the Lion House, the former home of pioneer Brigham Young, and take in a live recital at the renowned Mormon Tabernacle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
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Sale Lake City Haunted Old Town Tour

Sale Lake City Haunted Old Town Tour

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Discover the darker side of Salt Lake City on a 1.5-hour tour that explores the mysteries, hauntings, and other paranormal activity in Utah’s capital city. Hear some of the city’s most terrifying legends and visit the oldest buildings in Salt Lake where ghosts sightings are frequent. Attempt your own paranormal investigation by trying out ghost hunting equipment on this tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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Trolley Adventure: A Show-Tour of Salt Lake City

Trolley Adventure: A Show-Tour of Salt Lake City

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Explore Salt Lake City on this 1.5-hour trolley tour. Traveling on a replica streetcar, you'll see the city's historical districts and make several photo stops at landmarks and attractions. The uniformed trolley conductor acts as your guide. Select a morning or afternoon tour when booking.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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Salt Lake City Bike and Brew Tour

Salt Lake City Bike and Brew Tour

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This Salt Lake City bike tour combines sightseeing and sampling microbreweries for a tasty adventure on two wheels. Visit downtown area attractions and enjoy samples at three to five microbreweries with the option to purchase additional food and drinks, if you wish. Your tour includes a bike, a helmet, bottled water, and beer tastings. Since this is a small-group tour, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, too.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Price varies by group size