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

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.
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Tour of Salt Lake City's North Downtown Map

Guide Name: Tour of Salt Lake City's North Downtown
Guide Location: USA » Salt Lake City (See other walking tours in Salt Lake City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: tamara
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Union Pacific Depot
  • Gateway District
  • Discovery Gateway
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Abravanel Hall
  • Salt Lake City Art Center
  • Salt Palace
  • Pioneer Memorial Museum
  • State Capitol
  • Council Hall
Union Pacific Depot

1) Union Pacific Depot

The Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot is a spacious building on the western edge of downtown Salt Lake City. Built from 1908 to 1909, it harkens back to a more prosperous era in the history of American railroad travel. The sandstone building was constructed in the French Second Empire style and includes a terazzo floor and stained glass windows. One ceiling mural by San Francisco artist Harry Hopp depicts the driving of the Golden Spike north of Salt Lake City at "Promontory Summit" signifying the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Another mural by San Francisco artist John McQuarrie shows the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers to what is now Salt Lake City. Several side rooms were originally used for separate male and female waiting areas. In January 2006, three floors of the old Union Pacific Depot re-opened as a restaurant and music venue, fittingly called The Depot.
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Gateway District

2) Gateway District (must see)

The Gateway District is a large open-air retail, residential and office complex. The complex is centered around the historic Union Pacific Depot in downtown Salt Lake City. It currently contains more than 105 stores and restaurants. The Gateway began as part of Salt Lake City's urban redevelopment project, and the first phase was completed prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics that were held in Utah. The first phase included 2.1 million sq. ft. of mixed-use development including the Gateway Mall, office complexes, the Northgate Apartments and the renovated depot. Other highlights include the Clark Planetarium, the Megaplex 12 at The Gateway, the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, and the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. Energy Solutions Arena is directly across the street.
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Discovery Gateway

3) Discovery Gateway (must see)

Discovery Gateway, formerly The Children's Museum of Utah (TCMU), is an interactive, hands-on children's museum located in downtown Salt Lake City. The Children's Museum of Utah was founded in 1978 and opened its doors in 1983. The museum started with only eight exhibits. By 1998, TCMU had grown to 140 permanent exhibits and over 15,000 square feet (1,000 m2) of public space.

That year, it had become evident that TCMU had reached the physical limits imposed by its current building, and the decision was made to relocate and expand to better serve the community. In 2002, a bond issue was approved by Salt Lake County voters to fund the relocation of TCMU to a new, larger building in the Gateway District of Salt Lake City. Ground was broken on the new Museum on 22 September 2005. Less than one year later, on 16 September 2006, TCMU opened to the public at its current location and officially became Discovery Gateway.

Everything at Discovery Gateway is designed with kids in mind. The exhibits are all interactive and hands-on. Exhibits on the second floor of the museum include the Garden, where kids can play music together on a giant marimba. Just behind the Garden is Kid's Eye View, a kid-sized town where kids can shop, build structures, or feed the animals on the Utah Family Farm. The third floor of the museum features the Story Factory, where kids can put on a play, draw a comic strip, or make a stop-motion animated film. Also located on the third floor is the Studio, where the worlds of science, invention, and art meet.

Operation hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 7pm; Sunday: 12 – 6 pm.

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Clark Planetarium

4) Clark Planetarium (must see)

The Clark Planetarium is situated within the Gateway District and was opened in April 2003, replacing the historic Hansen Planetarium. This theater is the first "pitless" digital dome planetarium in the USA.The theater seats 205 and features individual interactive seat button controls. Designed around Evans & Sutherland's Digistar 3 planetarium system, six high resolution projectors mounted behind the dome at the cove line work together, each "blending" its edges to form a single seamless video stream over the entire dome. What results is an entirely new way to experience the universe, in 3 dimensions with a resolution far beyond high definition video. In late 2011, the system was updated to a Digistar 4. A specially tuned 13,000 watt sound system with 5.1 surround sound and 21 speakers is installed behind the screen. Clark Planetarium Productions is one of the few informal science education institutions with the resources to create and distribute its own fulldome animation content.

The Clark Planetarium features 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of free exhibits including the newly installed "Science on a Sphere," a computer animation globe by NOAA. Also unique is "Newton’s Daydream," the most ambitious audio-kinetic sculpture ever created by artist George Rhoads. Other popular exhibits include a Foucault pendulum, Earth Globe, Meteorites, Telescope displays, and updating video from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA TV. The Clark Planetarium is also one of the few institutions to have an authentic moon rock sample on permanent loan from NASA. This rock was obtained from the Apollo 15 mission and is displayed in a special exhibit showing the Apollo moon landings.

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Abravanel Hall

5) 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.
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Salt Lake City Art Center

6) 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.
Salt Palace

7) Salt Palace

The Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, more commonly known as the Salt Palace, is a convention center named after Utah's 11th Governor, Calvin L. Rampton. The historic Salt Palace was built in 1899 under the direction of architect Richard Kletting with funding from John Franklin Heath. The original Salt Palace contained a dance hall, theater, and racing track. It was destroyed by fire on August 29, 1910, and was replaced by Majestic Hall. The new Salt Palace was an indoor arena built on land that was once the "Little Tokyo" area of the city. A convention center of the same name stands on the site today. The Salt Palace served as the Olympic Media Center during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Salt Palace Convention Center is an architectural wonder. The trusses that support the roof were designed by one of the world's foremost roller-coaster designers, Kent Seko.
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Pioneer Memorial Museum

8) Pioneer Memorial Museum (must see)

The Pioneer Memorial Museum collects and displays artifacts from the period when settlers first arrived in Salt Lake Valley. Here you will find the belongings of people who migrated 2,000 miles west across the plains from Illinois to seek religious freedom.
State Capitol

9) State Capitol (must see)

The Utah State Capitol is the house of government for the U.S. state of Utah. The Neoclassical revival, Corinthian style building was designed by architect Richard K. A. Kletting, and built between 1912 and 1916. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Beginning in 2004 the capitol experienced a major restoration and renovation project. The project added two new buildings to the capitol complex, while restoring many of the capitol's public spaces to their original appearance. One of the largest projects during the renovation was the addition of a base isolation system which will allow the building to survive as much as a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. After completion of the renovations, the building was rededicated and resumed normal operation in January 2008.

By 1909 no capitol had yet been constructed and Governor William Spry sent a proposal to the state legislature asking for the construction of a capitol. In 1910 the state constitution was amended to allow bonding for the capitol building,The Olmsted Brothers of Massachusetts were chosen to provide the landscaping design and site plan. In December 1911 a three-person committee was organized to consider other locations for a capitol building. It was decided to construct on the original 20 acres known as Capitol Hill.

The capitol's architect was inspired by Classical architecture. The building is 404 feet feet long, 240 feet wide, and the dome is 250 feet. The exterior is constructed of Utah granite. The building's interior has four floors plus a former basement level containing base isolators meant to make the building more resistant to earthquakes. The capitol is decorated with many paintings and sculptures of Utah's history and heritage.

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Council Hall

10) Council Hall (must see)

The Salt Lake City Council Hall is currently home to offices of the Utah Office of Tourism and The Utah Film Commission and is located on Capitol Hill. The building is historically important as the Old Salt Lake City Hall or just Old City Hall from 1866 to 1894. Council Hall was originally Salt Lake City Hall, built to replace an older, smaller city hall completed just six years earlier. This small city hall was almost immediately inadequate for the growing city, so planning work on a new City Hall began by 1863.

Ground for the new hall was broken on February 8, 1864 under the direction of the prolific Salt Lake City architect William H. Folsom. Sandstone for the structure was delivered from Red Butte Canyon on Utah's first chartered railroad. In January 1866, City Hall was dedicated by George Q. Cannon, a prominent LDS leader.

Six rooms on the first floor housed the mayor's office and other city departments. From 1866 till 1894, the City Hall was the seat of Salt Lake City Government and meeting place for the Utah Territorial legislature. The Rose Room on the second floor served both as a general courtroom and the legislative floor. After 1894 the city used the Hall as police headquarters until 1915.

To make way for a federal office building downtown, the old City Hall was relocated to Capitol Hill in 1961. Restoration was done under the direction of architect Edward O. Anderson, and was mostly finished by 1962. The building was renamed "Council Hall."

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Walking Tours in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

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Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

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Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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