Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City (Self Guided)

Salt Lake City has a rich and storied history, which is reflected in its cultural institutions and landmarks. The city attracts many tourists with its historic buildings, modern art and architecture. The following tour will guide you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.
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Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City
Guide Location: USA » Salt Lake City (See other walking tours in Salt Lake City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: tamara
Public Library

1) Public Library (must see)

The Salt Lake City Public Library system's main branch building is an architecturally unique structure. The main library is a 240,000 square foot, five-story tall, wedge-shaped building. The library has a collection of over 500,000 books, as well as subscriptions to over 60 newspapers and magazines and 163 internet-capable computers. One of its features is the five-story curved glass wall. The whole library depends on natural lighting and the five-story glass wall allows a great deal of light in the building. Outside the library is Library Square, which is paved with limestone from Israel. A rooftop garden, planted with trees, grasses, flowering bulbs and various perennial plants, completes the structure. The library won Library Journal's '2006 Library of the Year' award.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Southam Gallery

2) Southam Gallery

Linda S. Southam founded her self-named gallery in 1982, offering the public quality artwork and high quality service. The friendly staff at the gallery will gladly help answer any of your questions. The majority of the art on display was created by Utah artists.
Capitol Theatre

3) Capitol Theatre (must see)

Capitol Theatre hosts the Utah Opera Company, Ballet West, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, as well as major touring companies on occasion. The theater building was constructed in 1913 and was originally designed to show silent movies and musical reviews. Today it features a variety of stage productions, remaining busy year-round.
Utah Artist Hands

4) Utah Artist Hands

In 2002, Utah Artist Hands opened its door to all art lovers. This famous gallery in the heart of Salt Lake City sells oil paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, glass, fiber arts and jewelry. The founder and owner of the gallery is Pamela O'Mara, who set out to provide Utah artists a way to share their work and stories.
Salt Lake City Art Center

5) Salt Lake City Art Center

Salt Lake City Art Center was founded by activist and visionary Alta Rawlins Jensen in the early 1930s during the Great Depression. The center moved to its present location in 1979. Focusing on sculpture, architecture and Abstract Expressionism, the center offers contemporary exhibitions, educational programs and activities for people of all ages. The center also organizes ceramic and photography classes, giving students the opportunity to work with local artists.
Abravanel Hall

6) Abravanel Hall (must see)

Abravanel Hall is a concert hall that is home to the Utah Symphony and Opera and is part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. The hall is an architectural landmark in the city and is adjacent to Temple Square and the Salt Palace on South Temple Street. Abravanel Hall first opened in September 1979 and was originally known as Symphony Hall. It was renamed in May 1993 for Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony. The hall is actually a concrete building within a brick building and was designed by Dr. Cyril M. Harris to provide an environment of acoustic excellence. The hall is rectangular in shape, similar to some of the world's finest symphony halls, such as Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Symphony Hall in Boston.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Family History Library

7) Family History Library (must see)

The Family History Library is a genealogical research facility provided and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The origins of the Family History Library can be traced to the founding of the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1894. The first library was located in the office of the Church Historian at 58 East South Temple. The library was located in the Church Office Building when it opened in 1971 but moved to its current location at 35 North West Temple Street in 1985. Its main purpose is to fulfill one of the LDS Church's fundamental tenets: that deceased family members, especially ancestors, can be baptized by proxy into the LDS church, as well as receive other saving ordinances. These ordinances are performed in temples. It is the largest genealogical library in the world and is open to the general public at no charge.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Williams Fine Art

8) Williams Fine Art

After a long period of working for his family's engineering business, Clayton R. Williams decided in 1986 to sell the business and to work full-time as a painter. He soon received many awards for his work at art shows and auctions. In 1988 he opened his own gallery, Williams Fine Art, where he sells the work of Utah's finest artists. The gallery also provides appraisal services.
Phillips Gallery

9) Phillips Gallery

Phillips Gallery is the oldest commercial gallery on the west side of Salt Lake City. It presents pieces from well-known local and regional artists, including oil paintings, sculptures, photography and ceramics. The subject matter varies from traditional to contemporary. The gallery also offers a variety of services such as framing, restoration, installation, crating and space planning. The gallery's primary goal is to make the local community more aware of the visual arts.

Walking Tours in Salt Lake City, Utah

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salt Lake City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City

Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City

In addition to Salt Lake City's historic and cultural landmarks, there are many attractions that will entertain and delight your children. Visit the city's museums, theaters and parks, and enjoy some family fun time. Take this tour to visit the best kid-friendly attractions in Salt Lake City!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a fun, vibrant nightlife. Visit one of the many popular clubs or bars in Salt Lake City famous for quality music, cold beer and a friendly atmosphere. Take this tour to enjoy a memorable night on the town!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has played a strong role in the history of Salt Lake City. The city is the headquarters of the church, and many prominent buildings and landmarks relate directly to the church. Take this tour to visit some of Salt Lake City's interesting historic sites.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Tour of Salt Lake City's North Downtown

Tour of Salt Lake City's North Downtown

Salt Lake City has a rich religious and cultural heritage. Most of the city's top attractions are centrally located downtown. Take this tour to enjoy the most interesting landmarks found in Salt Lake City's North Downtown area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area

Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area

The neighborhood home to the University of Utah, located just east of downtown, has a mixture of old and new homes and apartments. Many cultural institutions offer activities for people all ages. The area is fun to visit for its diverse architecture, historic buildings and natural beauty. Take this tour to see the best of Salt Lake's University Area.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 km
Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Salt Lake City has a bounty of artistic and cultural landmarks and the city continues to add more every year. This tour will help you enjoy the modern architectural sights in downtown Salt Lake City, including some of the city's first skyscrapers.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Salt Lake City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Salt Lake City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Salt Lake City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.