Utah is famous for many things, but its Mormons and mountains are probably the most well-known of all. And though those aren't the only things Salt Lake City has to offer, they do play a big role in the area's culture.
Whether you're Mormon or not, it would be blasphemous to visit Salt Lake City without taking a trip to Temple Square, the very center of the Latter-day Saints religion. Here you can take a free, missionary-led tour of the grounds and listen to a rehearsal or concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. During the summer, you'll see hundreds of thousands of flowers a' bloom – and, during the holidays, as many decorative lights twinkling. While there, take a trip to the Family History Library to research your own genealogy. But just don't expect to see the insides of the Temple itself; this is a privilege reserved for only the most pious of Mormons.
If your visit falls during winter, head up into the canyons to ski at Alta or Snowbird, two of Utah's most famous and classic resorts. If you're looking for a more laid-back atmosphere, and enjoy a little hiking to reach secret stashes, Alta is your place. But if you want a fast-paced, big mountain-style resort with a top-to-bottom tram, head to Snowbird.
During the summer, both resorts open their slopes to hikers and bikers. Give yourself a break from the valley heat and enjoy some fresh, high-elevation Wasatch air while you look at wildflowers or rock climb on the limestone of Albion Basin.
Of course, the city and its surroundings have many other offerings. Stop by the museums to learn about the area's history and geology. Or consider a Utah Jazz game to catch some NBA action. Whatever the season of your trip, you'll find that Salt Lake City has a generous and diverse set of attractions.