Does just the term "tourist attraction". cause feelings of anxiety? While there certainly are some attractions that you are better off driving on by, there are plenty of good ones too. Our Salt Lake City 10Best list can help you sort the worthwhile from the worthless, ensuring only good memories are created this trip.

The Living Planet Aquarium


Located in nearby Sandy and one of Utah's most popular attractions, this aquarium reached one million visitors in 2009 since it opened in 2004. Exhibits include 1,250 animals and 267 species that are on display in three main exhibits: Discover...  Read More

Great Salt Lake State Park


The largest lake west of the Mississippi River, the Great Salt Lake annually receives mineral-rich floodwater from surrounding mountains, making it more than five times saltier than ocean water. In fact, only the Dead Sea has a higher salt...  Read More

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


When most people imagine a museum, they envision paintings, sculptures, and possibly dinosaur fossils. However, a museum must not be restricted to dead or man-made objects! If you're planning a museum trip in Salt Lake City, consider visiting...  Read More

Tracy Aviary
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


This fascinating outdoor exhibit is home to hundreds of species of foreign and domestic birds. Entertaining and informative shows are offered during the summer months.

Southwest Salt Lake City


The diverse cultures that have contributed to Salt Lake City's character through the years are honored in this park, which lies along the Jordan River. Visitors will enjoy the quiet atmosphere and the variety of statues, windmills, and gardens...  Read More

Liberty Park
Photo courtesy of Keith Rogers


This 80-acre park provides Salt Lake City's residents and visitors with an enormous amount of green space immediately in the center of the city. Sandwiched between Sugarhouse and Downtown, Liberty Park has a jogging trail and paved sidewalk...  Read More

Antelope Island State Park


Great Salt Lake's largest island owes its name to John C. Fremont, who hunted antelope there in 1845. Several years later, a herd of 17 bison was introduced to the island, and their descendants now number around 600 and share the island with a...  Read More

East Salt Lake City
Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren


Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in the northeastern corner of Salt Lake City, The Hogle Zoo houses a wide variety of animals. More than 900 amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles from across the world are housed on 42 acres. The...  Read More

Lake Bonneville
Bonneville Salt Flats
Photo courtesy of CountyLemonade


The eerie Bonneville Salt Flats, which stretch out for some 30,000 acres, were formed when Lake Bonneville, a freshwater lake that once covered the entire state, evaporated. Like something out of a science fiction thriller, this vast plain is...  Read More



One of Salt Lake City's favorite (and largest) playgrounds, this attractive park has a rather checkered past. Originally, the area was the setting for one of the state's first prisons, an adobe structure in use until 1951. All that currently...  Read More