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Utah State Capitol

Things to Do on Capitol Hill

  1. 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.*

         2.  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.

         3.  Take a picnic on 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!

           4. Walk through Memory Grove Park

8.7 acres of beautifully landscaped nature lie just down the staircase on East Capitol Boulevard. You’ll find trails, a river, picnic tables, and monuments! The perfect place to take a frisbee or a good book 🙂 

  1.   Take a Trip to Council Hall.

The Salt Lake City Council Hall, located directly across the street from the Capitol front doors, served as the City Hall from 1866-1894. During most of those year, it was also used as a meeting space for the Utah Territorial Legislature. Now it houses the Utah Office of Tourism and the Utah Film Commission. Visit anytime Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for an adorable gift shop which includes pamphlets and books on things to do in Utah, maps, books, and coupons for local museums and restaurants!

The Council Hall’s gift shop has all things Utah-themed, including lots of honey products!

Bonus Destinations

Utah Governor’s Mansion:

Temple Square:

Cathedral of the Madeleine:

City and County Building. Schedule tour here:

Visit Salt Lake gift shop:


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