Take a tour of the Capitol!
The Capitol Docent team gives tours every hour on the hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. While touring the historic chambers of Utah’s three branches of government, you’ll learn facts as well as important history of the Capitol building and the State of Utah. Come see why this magnificent building is one of the top tourist destinations in Salt Lake City! Click here to schedule a tour today if your party is more than ten, or drop in when you’re free for a guided tour or self-guided tour.
*Capitol building hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.*
Have a picnic on the Capitol Grounds!
The architect of the building, Richard Kletting, always envisioned the Capitol grounds to be a public park, where people would gather to socialize and play. So bring your kids, friends, and even your dogs! Our trails are also perfect for furry friends – just be sure to use the doggie bags that line the trails to clean up after them!
**Don’t miss the cherry blossoms in Springtime. Lining the walkways around the Capitol are 433 Yoshino Cherry trees, given from Japan as a symbol of friendship after WWII. See them bloom in all their splendor in late March or early April!
Walk through Memory Grove Park
8.7 acres of beautifully landscaped nature lie just down the staircase on East Capitol Boulevard. Visitors will find trails, a river, picnic tables, and monuments–the perfect place to take a Frisbee or a good book! If you’re feeling the itch to hike, jog, or bike, City Creek Canyon road heads straight into the mountains to the northeast.
Take a Trip to Council Hall
Council Hall, located directly across the street from the Capitol South steps, served as the Salt Lake City Hall and meeting space for the Utah Territorial Government from 1866-1894. It was originally located in downtown Salt Lake City, and was moved–brick by brick–to Capitol Hill in 1960.
The building now houses the Utah Office of Tourism, the Utah Film Commission, and the Zions Natural History Association Gift Shop. Visit anytime Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (open ’til 6 p.m. after Memorial Day!) or weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for Utah travel information, brochures, and books or to pick up a Utah-themed gift.
The Council Hall’s gift shop has all things Utah-themed, including lots of honey products!
Learn about Utah’s pioneers!
Did you know that the Pioneer Memorial Museum has the world’s largest collection of artifacts on one subject? It’s located just across the westernmost street lining the Capitol building (Columbus Street) and admission is free of charge. Come check out artifacts as wide-ranging as Victorian hair art and a coach from Yellowstone Park, all while learning about Utah’s fascinating early history. Click here for hours and more information.
Utah Governor’s Mansion: https://www.utah.gov/governor/mansion/
Temple Square: http://www.templesquare.com/
Cathedral of the Madeleine: http://utcotm.org/
City and County Building. Schedule tour here: http://www.utahheritagefoundation.com/tours-and-events/guided-tours
Visit Salt Lake gift shop at the Salt Palace Convention Center: http://www.saltlakesouvenirandgift.com/