Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area, Salt Lake City

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.
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Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area Map

Guide Name: Tour of Salt Lake City's University Area
Guide Location: USA » Salt Lake City (See other walking tours in Salt Lake City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 km
Author: tamara
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Kingsbury Hall

1) Kingsbury Hall (must see)

Kingsbury Hall is a center for the performing arts located on the University of Utah campus. It was built in 1930 and named after Joseph T. Kingsbury, former president of the University. Many of Utah's performing arts organizations started in Kingsbury Hall, including Ballet West and the Utah Opera. Along with eight other buildings on University Circle, Kingsbury Hall is part of the University of Utah Circle historic district, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
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Utah Museum of Natural History

2) Utah Museum of Natural History (must see)

The Utah Museum of Natural History is located on the campus of the University of Utah. The museum features exhibits of natural history subjects, particularly as they relate to Utah. The mission of the museum is to illuminate the natural world and human's place within it. The museum was established on the University of Utah campus in 1963 by the Utah State Legislature. It opened in 1969 in the former George Thomas Library and has specimens from the Deseret Museum, as well as from the Charles Nettleton Strevell Museum that was located in the old Lafayette School on South Temple Street from 1939 until 1947. The museum's collections emphasize the natural history of Utah and are accessible to researchers from around the world. The majority of the collections are from public lands within the inter-mountain region of the United States.
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Pioneer Memorial Theatre

3) Pioneer Memorial Theatre

The Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) is one of four fully professional theater companies in Utah. The company was formed in 1962 and performances are held at the Pioneer Memorial Theatre on the University of Utah campus. The company creates its own productions on site, including costumes and scenery, while sometimes using actors and directors from out-of-state. Lees Main Stage is a 932-seat proscenium theater. Loge Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the building, is open to the public. Art is selected from local painters, photographers, and sculptors to accompany specific plays.
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Rice–Eccles Stadium

4) Rice–Eccles Stadium

Rice–Eccles Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the University of Utah. It served as the main stadium for the 2002 Winter Olympics; the Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held at the stadium, which was temporarily renamed "Rice–Eccles Olympic Stadium." When Salt Lake City was awarded the 2002 Winter Olympics in 1995, it was obvious that Rice Stadium was not suitable to serve as the main stadium for the games. The concrete, timber and earth-fill facility had been built in 1927 and was showing its age. However, in 1997, Spencer Eccles, a University of Utah alumnus and chairman of Utah's biggest bank, First Security Corporation, announced that the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation would donate $10 million toward the reconstruction of the stadium. In recognition of this gift, the University of Utah won permission from the Eccles family to add George Eccles' name to the stadium alongside that of Robert L. Rice, who had funded the original stadium in 1972.
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Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park

5) Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park (must see)

Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park is a plaza located at the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah. Rice-Eccles Stadium was the site of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The park contains the cauldron that was lit for the duration of the games. Its interior contains a cascading waterfall. The cauldron was moved from the top of the south edge of the stadium to the plaza just south of the stadium. It is still operational and is lit on special occasions, including the opening weekend of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. The cauldron is surrounded by a reflecting pool and cascades. The striking Hoberman Arch was moved from its original location at Olympic Medals Plaza to Olympic Cauldron Park. The arch is lit with various colors at night. The visitor center consists of an art gallery, theater and video viewing area.
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Utah Museum of Fine Arts

6) Utah Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah's primary resource for culture and visual arts. It is located on the University of Utah campus near Rice–Eccles Stadium. Works of art are displayed here on a rotating basis. It is a university and state art museum. Today the Utah Museum of Fine Arts provides the public with opportunities to enjoy art collections from a variety of international artists. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is accredited by The American Association of Museums. It has a cafe and store located inside the building along with more than 20 galleries. The different cultures represented include African, Oceanic and the New World, Asian, European, American, and the Ancient and Classical World. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts offers family, adult and children's programs, along with tours for visitors of all ages.
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Jon M. Huntsman Center

7) Jon M. Huntsman Center

Jon M. Huntsman Center is a 15,000-seat, multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Utah. The arena opened in 1969 and is named after chemicals entrepreneur and philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman, father of Utah's former governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. From its opening until the completion of the Delta Center (now known as the Energy Solutions Arena) in 1991, it was Salt Lake City's premier sports and entertainment venue. Architecturally, it is known for its steel cloud, which hangs from the arena's silver dome interior. The steel cloud holds the arena's center court scoreboard, sound and lighting systems. The arena hosted the 1979 Final Four, featuring the first round of the rivalry between all-time greats Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Magic's Michigan State team defeated Bird's then-unbeaten Indiana State in the final, which remains the most-watched college basketball game in history.
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Fort Douglas

8) Fort Douglas (must see)

Camp Douglas was established in October 1862 as a small military garrison about three miles east of Salt Lake City for the purpose of protecting the overland mail route and telegraph lines along the Central Overland Route. In 1878, the post was renamed Fort Douglas. The fort was officially closed in 1991 and most of the buildings turned over to the University of Utah. A small section of the original fort is used by the Army Reserve and includes the Fort Douglas Military Museum. The Military Museum at Fort Douglas is housed in a building named after General Kauffman, who founded the museum and built it into one of the United States' premier military museums, featuring exhibits from all branches of the Armed Services. A cemetery was established in 1862 about a mile south of the original parade grounds. Later, the cemetery was expanded to accommodate a larger number of burials, not only from Fort Douglas but also from Fort Cameron, following its closure.
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Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

9) Red Butte Garden and Arboretum (must see)

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum is a botanical garden and arboretum operated by the University of Utah, located in the foothills of the Wasatch Range in Salt Lake City. It is open year-round to the public. Red Butte Garden contains 18 acres of botanical gardens and several miles of hiking trails through native vegetation. The garden began in 1930, when Dr. Walter P. Cottam, co-founder of The Nature Conservancy and chairman of the Botany Department at the University of Utah, began using campus land for plant research. In 1961, the Utah legislature designated the University's campus landscape as the State Arboretum. In 1983, the University dedicated 100 acres at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon for a regional botanical garden. Red Butte Garden hosts a series of popular summer music concerts, as well as floral, sculpture, and other art exhibits. The garden also offers many nature-related classes and events.
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This Is the Place Heritage Park

10) This Is the Place Heritage Park (must see)

This Is the Place Heritage Park is located on the east side of Salt Lake City at the foot of the Wasatch Range and near the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Here on July 24, 1847, Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley that would soon become the Mormon pioneers' new home. In 1917 B. H. Roberts and a Boy Scout troop built a wooden marker identifying the spot where Brigham Young's party first entered the valley. In 1921 this was replaced by a white stone obelisk that still stands east of the 1917 monument. Development of the monument began in 1937 when sculptor Mahonri M. Young, a grandson of Brigham Young, was commissioned by the State of Utah to design and create a new, larger monument. In 1957, a group of private citizens bought much of the land now contained in the park and donated it to the State of Utah to preserve it from commercial development.
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Hogle Zoo

11) Hogle Zoo (must see)

Utah's Hogle Zoo is the state's largest zoo, housing animals from diverse ecosystems. It is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The zoo was founded by the Hogle family. Its original location was in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park. Before moving, the zoo had the first and only Asian elephant born in Utah. Sadly, he died at eleven months old. Current exhibits include deer, monkeys, three elephants and a variety of North American birds and mammals. It officially became Hogle Zoo when it opened at the Emigration Canyon site on August 1, 1931, on a piece of land donated by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hogle. It is now owned by Salt Lake City and is supported through tax dollars and private donations raised by The Utah Zoological Association.
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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.
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
Shopping Tour of Salt Lake City

Shopping Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has something to please every shopper. Here you can purchase antiques, wine, jewelry, art and much more! Take this tour to visit the best shops in Salt Lake City, and find yourself a fabulous souvenir.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 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
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
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
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