Utah Attractions

As you can see below, there are many Utah attractions.  Some are listed elsewhere on this site.  If you want to learn more about some of those on this page, click on the available links. 


Albion Basin Indian Paintbrush


Albion Basin - Every summer, Albion Basin … at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon … puts on one of the most magical wildflower displays in the western U.S.



Antelope Island State Park is the largest of ten islands in The Great Salt Lake. With tremendous scenic beauty and natural features, it’s the perfect place to experience the vast solitude of The Great Salt Lake. More than 600 American Bison live here year-round. One of the most unique of Utah attractions.



Bald Eagle Day - held every February - gives many children and adults the first - and maybe only - opportunity of their life to see a bald eagle close up in the wild. As many as 350 eagles have been spotted during a single Bald Eagle Day!



The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge affords some of the most remarkable waterfowl watching in the United States! Find solitude among millions of birds on over 41,000 acres of freshwater wetlands.

One of the three largest American white pelican breeding colonies in North America is found nearby on Gunnison Island. More than 50,000 of them!



Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Copper Mine is one of the Utah attractions which has to be seen to be believed. Imagine a gigantic hole. On top of a mountain. 2 ½ miles wide and ¾ of a mile deep. Actually visible from outer space. Less than an hour from Salt Lake.


The Bonneville Salt Flats are exactly what the name says. Salt flats blanketing an area of 159 square miles (412 km). Located west of the Great Salt Lake, the salt buildup is as much as six feet (1.8 m) deep.

Even as a kid growing up in Canada, I read about the world land speed records being set on the Flats. Another one of the truly unique Utah attractions.

The Book Cliffs stretch for almost 200 miles from eastern Utah into western Colorado. These isolated cliffs are uniquely beautiful. And a world-renowned hunting destination and outdoor recreation area.

The Cabela’s outdoor store located in Lehi is a 150,000 square foot destination in itself. Cabela’s stores are as much tourist attraction as retail store.

They bring the great outdoors inside. Museum-quality taxidermy displays. Aquariums. Indoor mountains. A gun library. And lots of stuff to spend money on.


The Cathedral of the Madeleine is a Roman Catholic Church in Salt Lake City. Completed in 1909, it is the cathedral of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Predominately a Neo-Romanesque design on the exterior, it’s one of the most fascinating Utah attractions.

Because it contrasts so dramatically with the LDS architecture so predominate throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The two front towers rise up 220 feet.


The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry 30 miles (48.2 km) south of Price, is one of the best dinosaur fossil beds in the world. Since the University of Utah began excavation here in 1929, more than 12,000 individual bones and several dinosaur eggs have been unearthed.




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center is the latest addition to Temple Square. Actually, it’s across the street. The largest religious auditorium in the U.S. seating more than 21,000.

It fills to overflowing twice a year for the semi-annual LDS General Conference. The immense roof has been attractively landscaped as it sits just below Capitol Hill.


The Clarke Planetarium, located in the Gateway Mall, is a local favorite. It provides a multi-faceted look at astronomy. Multi-vision. Laser shows. A museum. A library. A great place to visit for families whether you’re big on astronomy or not.

The Festival of Trees in Salt Lake City is attended by more than 90,000 people each year. For 40 years, it has heralded the start of the Holiday Season in Utah. And is one of the largest indoor displays of decorated Christmas trees in the world.

Gardner Village is a quaint shopping mall made up of 22 small shops in West Jordan, a suburb of Salt lake City. The shops ooze with character. And housed in historic buildings that have been moved to the location.


Gateway Mall is Salt Lake City's sparkling downtown showpiece. It’s an open-air contemporary shopping mall. It delivers first-class shopping, dining and entertainment. More than 130 stores and restaurants. And one of those Utah attractions offering something for all ages.

The Golden Spike National Historic Site is located at Promontory Summit north of the Great Salt Lake. It commemorates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Four symbolic spikes – two of them gold – joined the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads.


Ghost Towns In Utah are one of the unique Utah attractions. Why include them here? Because they're an integral part of the state’s history. And no matter where you go in the state, you’re likely to come across a “ghost town”.



The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere. The fourth-largest terminal lake in the world. The 37th largest lake on the planet. Because there’s no outlet other than evaporation, it is far saltier than seawater.

Depending on the year, it can be anywhere from two to eight times more salty than seawater. You can easily float in the lake due to its high salinity.



The Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Cache County was bought by the state of Utah in 1945. It’s an important elk research center with more than 700 elk being fed in the winter. Take a winter joyride on a sleigh right into the middle of the herd. It’s quite an experience being almost within reach of a six-point bull elk!

The Heber Valley Railroad dates back to 1899 when trains served the first settlers in the valley. The line was originally used to haul supplies and livestock until the 1970's. It has since been run by the state of Utah as a year-round tourist attraction.

The steam engine and ten railroad cars have been filmed in 31 motion pictures over the past 20 years. They’ve also been featured in TV episodes of "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land."

The Hill Aerospace Museum is the place to go if you love to look at planes. It’s full of planes. One of the best collections in the west. One of the Utah attractions that is an easy place to spend several hours losing yourself in the history of the U.S. Air Force. Standing beside some of these planes close up makes me question the sanity of the men who flew them.



Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City has been a family favorite of ours for years. A wonderful place to spend an afternoon almost year-round. Home to hundreds of animals. Many of them rare and endangered. Also dozens that are native to Utah. In the last few years, many of the facilities have been impressively upgraded.

Lagoon is one of the premier amusement parks in the West. Utah’s signature amusement park. With more than 40 rides. One of those places where families can spend a whole day or several days.

The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy features:

  • Sharks
  • Rays
  • Seahorses
  • Jellyfish
  • Octopus
  • Eels
  • Starfish
  • Amphibians
  • Trout
  • and other freshwater species

It includes a freshwater stream. A touch pool. A shark pool. A coral community. And a replicated sunken ship.

Nine Mile Canyon in central Utah is an outdoor art gallery. It holds quite possibly the largest concentration of Native American rock art in the world.

Raging Waters in Salt Lake City is a favorite place for many of the valley’s youth. When the summer temperatures reach the 90’s and even triple digits. It’s a 17-acre waterpark with water slides and a half-million gallon wave pool.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum covers more than 100 acres near the University of Utah. The largest botanical and ecological center in the Intermountain West. Acres of botanical gardens and several miles of hiking trails through native vegetation.



The Salt Lake City Public Library was named 2006 Library of the Year by Library Journal. More than 3 million visitors annually. The stunning structure has been recognized for excellence in architecture, interior and urban design.


The San Rafael Swell is one of the natural treasures of Utah. Located east of Castle Dale – 114 miles (184 km) southeast of Salt Lake City. It’s one of the last “undiscovered” places in Utah. Only one paved road leads through it – Interstate 70. The scenery is jaw-dropping.




The Slickrock Trail is the trail that made Moab the hotbed of the mountain biking world. It may well be the most popular mountain bike trail in the world. With over 100,000 visitors each year.



Temple Square is the most visited of Utah attractions. More than five million people visit each year. But there’s much more to see than that. A lot of things to do and see off “the beaten path” as they say.



Thanksgiving Point is a relatively recent addition to a list of northern Utah attractions. A one-of-a-kind gem. Acres of beautiful gardens. The world’s largest dinosaur museum. A golf course. An emporium. Year-round special and seasonal events.

This Is The Place Heritage Park celebrates the spot where the Mormon Pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley. It ended the 1,300-mile Mormon trail. Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon just across the street from Hogle Zoo.

Tracy Aviary is located on eight acres of land in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City banker Russell Lord Tracy donated his private bird collection to Salt Lake City and its children. Open to the public since 1938, Tracy Aviary maintains a collection of approximately 400 birds representing about 135 species. Many of these birds are considered rare or endangered.

Trolley Square has always been one of my favorite places to hang out. And it’s now undergoing a massive facelift. Once the home of Salt Lake City’s streetcar fleet, its unique atmosphere has been retained as it houses specialty stores and restaurants to serve a wide variety of tastes.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah's primary link to global visual arts. It serves a dual role as both a university and state art museum. It collects and exhibits an expansive collection of original art objects.

The Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah is a marvelous yet terribly overcrowded facility. More than a million artifacts from throughout Utah fill every nook and cranny of the aging building. Good news though. On Tuesday, July 29, the Museum broke ground to begin construction on the new Utah Museum of Natural History at the Rio Tinto Center.

Utah arches are so numerous and famous we even have a national park - Arches National Park - with over 2,000 of them. And Utah arches have six of the top 10 spots in a listing of the biggest arches in the world!

The Utah Olympic Oval, with an incredible ten Olympic records and eight world records, stood uncontested as the "Fastest Ice on Earth" following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It was built to host speed skating competitions during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. And continues to host World Cup competitions each year. A community showpiece.





Utah Olympic Park is just four miles from Park City . It contains The Alf Engen Ski Museum celebrating the glorious history of winter sports in the Intermountain West. It sits side-by-side with The George Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. And, of course, the facilities themselves. World-class ski jumping, bobsled, skeleton and luge competitions are held every winter. These events are all exciting Utah attractions in and of themselves.


Appreciate history and great architecture? Tour the recently renovated Utah State Capitol Building. Just up the hill from downtown Salt Lake City. It literally overlooks the city.

For almost a century, the Utah State Capitol has been the home of all three branches of state government and numerous state agencies. And one of the most visible Utah attractions.

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