Things to do in Salt Lake City

The laid-back capital of Utah has everything you could want. This cultural city is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. It’s an amazing place to visit any time of the year, and Vinnie Van GO has pulled together his top spots for when you do.

Enjoy Salt Lake City!

Salt Lake City Events

Sundance Film Festival

One of the most famous film festivals in the world has taken place in Salt Lake City every late January for more than 30 years. Visit around this time of year and you’ll have the opportunity to not only catch film screenings for the hottest movies of the coming year, but also celebrities and film professionals.

Sandy Balloon Festival

Ever seen a sky full of hot air balloons? In mid-August, the skies over Salt Lake City are full of them. Launching from Storm Mountain Park at sunrise, and glowing all through the night, this festival also offers the opportunity for you to help launch the balloons into the sky.

Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Festival

From May to September every year, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre holds a diverse lineup of performances in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Pack a picnic and a blanket, and sit back and relax to some live music with friends.

Salt Lake City Stadiums

Vivint Smart Home Arena

This indoor arena is home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, and is one of the state’s premier arenas for sporting and entertainment events.

301 South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Salt Lake City Landmarks

Temple Square

One of Utah’s most historic buildings and top tourist attractions, this 10-acre complex has been owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the mid-19th century. Today, the Salt Lake Temple stands tall and is open to visitors.

50 N Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150

Antelope Island State Park

The largest of the 10 islands in the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island is one of the area’s best natural sites. With walking trails and ancient rock formations, this is a must-visit, no matter what season it is.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

This botanical garden, arboretum, and amphitheater complex in the foothills of the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range is open year round to the public. With more than 100 acres of gorgeous landscape, make sure to visit when the sun is shining.

300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Salt Lake City Neighborhoods

For the independent traveler, the Utah Heritage Foundation has put together self-guided tours that are available on their website. For a guided experience, check out the Marmalade Historic District Walking Tour, which takes you on an intimate tour around town.

Salt Lake City Restaurants


This downtown Mediterranean restaurant serves delicious tapas, and has an elegant cocktail bar. At night, Eva becomes one of the hippest spots in the area, so make sure to call ahead!

317 S Main Street
UT 84111

Pho Plus Noodle House

This Vietnamese spot serves up some of the best noodles that Utah has to offer, as well as reliably excellent service.

908 South State Street
Orem, UT 84097

Park Cafe

This local favorite has one of the best breakfasts in town. Before a day of exploring Salt Lake City, fill your belly with a traditional American breakfast.

604 E 1300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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