Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown, Salt Lake City (Self Guided)

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.
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Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown Map

Guide Name: Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown
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: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: tamara
Gallivan Centre

1) Gallivan Centre (must see)

The Gallivan Center is an urban plaza in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. It opened in 1993. Also known as the John W. Gallivan Utah Center, it is named in honor of John W. Gallivan. Located between State and Main and 200 South and Broadway, it serves as Salt Lake City's outdoor living room. It is furnished with an array of unique art projects, an amphitheater/stage, ice rink, large chess board, light wells and an aviary. Crowds gather for weekday lunches and lunchtime concerts. Countless other events fill the Gallivan Center with people. Especially popular are summertime twilight concerts. It was popular gathering place during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Kazuo Matsubayashi's Asteroid Landed Softly Sundial is one of the prominent features of the plaza.
Sight description based on wikipedia
One Utah Center

2) One Utah Center

One Utah Center is one of the highest skyscrapers downtown. It was built by the Boyer Company in 1991 and houses mainly commercial offices. It was designed by architect Niels E. Valentiner in the postmodern style. The facade material is granite, and more than 4,150 tons of steel were used in the building's construction. The skyscraper stands 106.68 m tall and has 24 floors.
Walker Center

3) Walker Center

Walker Center (formerly Walker Bank Building) opened on December 9, 1912 and took a little over a year to build. At the time of its completion, it stood as the tallest building between Chicago and San Francisco (16 stories, 67 m). It was originally constructed as the headquarters for Walker Bank, founded by the Walker brothers: Samuel, Joseph, David, and Matthew. The basement originally contained the vault for the bank, as well as a barbershop, florist, cigar store, and other shops. The main floor contained the bank, and upper floors were used as office space. It was designed by the St. Louis, Missouri-based architecture firm Eames and Young. The Walker Center is topped by a 64-foot weather tower, which gives a weather forecast based on the color of the lights. The weather tower was taken down in the 1980s due to a city ordinance but was replaced in 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia
222 South Main

4) 222 South Main

222 South Main is one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified high-rises in Utah. It is the newest skyscraper in town, finished in 2009. The construction of the building was completed by Hamilton Partners, and it was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. It is a modern building that supports energy conservation and has an automated HVAC system. The facade is constructed from glass and aluminum. The structure stands 22 stories high and houses mainly office space.
Wells Fargo Center

5) Wells Fargo Center

The Wells Fargo Center is a skyscraper that was built in 1998 and is the tallest skyscraper in Utah, standing 24 stories above street level. It reaches 442 feet at its highest point (not including the antenna). The American Stores Tower was originally built as the corporate headquarters for American Stores. Shortly after completion, the company was acquired by Albertsons on August 3, 1998, and the building became known as the Delta Tower shortly thereafter. When Albertsons decided to move operations to the Hardware Building on 400 West near North Temple, the building was purchased by Wells Fargo Bank and renamed the Wells Fargo Center.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Boston and Newhouse Buildings

6) Boston and Newhouse Buildings

The construction of the Boston and Newhouse Buildings was financed by Samuel Newhouse. Construction on the buildings took place between 1907 and 1915. He named one structure the Boston Building because of his extensive business interests in that city, while the Newhouse Building he named after himself. The Boston and Newhouse Buildings were the first “skyscrapers” in Utahand were designed by the famous New York architect Henry Ives Cobb in the beaux-arts architectural style. The buildings serve mainly as commercial office space.
Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse

7) Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse

The Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse (originally known as the United States Post Office and Courthouse) is a courthouse of the United States District Court for the District of Utah, located in Salt Lake City's Exchange Place Historic District. The courthouse is the oldest building among the eight buildings that make up that district. The buildings reflect Utah's growing prosperity at the end of the nineteenth century. Located on Main Street in Salt Lake City's Exchange Place Historic District, the courthouse helped introduce the Classical Revival style to Utah. The building rises five full stories above a basement and has a central two-story penthouse. In 1990 the courthouse was renamed in honor of Frank Edward Moss, a Utah native who served as a United States senator from 1959 to 1977.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Scott M. Matheson Courthouse

8) Scott M. Matheson Courthouse

The recently built Scott M. Matheson Courthouse is located in front of the Salt Lake City and County Building. It has a contrasting glass and steel facade. The building serves as a courthouse and houses the Utah State Law Library. The symmetric two-winged structure has a central circular colonnade, which runs through all six stories.
Salt Lake City and County Building

9) Salt Lake City and County Building (must see)

The Salt Lake City and County Building, usually called the "City-County Building", is the seat of city government. The historic landmark formerly housed offices for the Salt Lake County government as well, hence the name. The building was originally constructed by free masons between 1891 and 1894 to house offices for the city and county of Salt Lake and to replace the Salt Lake City Council Hall and Salt Lake County Courthouse, both erected in the 1860s. During the late 1800s and early 1900s the City and County Building was the symbol of non-Mormon citizens' open defiance of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was designed to rival the Salt Lake Temple as the city's architectural centerpiece. The architectural firm of Monheim, Bird, and Proudfoot designed the Richardsonian Romanesque building. The building's surface is elaborately carved from gray Utah Kyune sandstone.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
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: 3.4 km
Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City

Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Salt Lake City Temple Square Tour

Salt Lake City Temple Square Tour

Salt Lake City is famous for its ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), also known as the Mormon Church. This tour around Temple Square will lead you to the Church's headquarters, the breathtaking Salt Lake City Temple and some beautiful, historic homes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
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
Places of Worship Tour of Salt Lake City

Places of Worship Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is home to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and so has many Mormon religious buildings. However, many other religious denominations are represented in Salt Lake City. Take this tour to visit Salt Lake City's beautiful and varied places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 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: 9.0 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.