48 Hours in Salt Lake City

In Summation

Combining the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the friendliness of a quaint, mountain town, Salt Lake is an ideal location for your next vacation. A beautiful, safe, and vibrant destination, Salt Lake combines unparalleled access to natural recreation, a bustling economy, dynamic nightlife, remarkable history, warm hospitality and Utah's Greatest Snow on Earth.

Day 1 Historic Salt Lake Tour - From Past to Present

This tour is a complete historic look at what makes Salt Lake City so fascinating. You will begin by seeing the historic downtown area, including the world-famous Mormon Temple, Historic Main Street and the new City Creek Center, an award-winning retail experience in the heart of the city.

You've probably spent enough time in downtown you'll want to grab some lunch. Plenty of great lunch spots, from the French-style boulangerie (Eva's Bakery) and Asian comfort (Plum Alley) to brewpub (SquattersRed Rock) and farm-to-table (Copper Onion) are close by, and that's just to name a few.

From there, your journey will continue on to the newly-renovated Utah State Capital, originally completed in 1916. Passing the beautiful historic homes of the "Avenues" and South Temple, this driving tour continues through the University of Utah, the first University built west of the Missouri river, site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Village, and home to Fort Douglas, which was founded by Abraham Lincoln in 1862.

Next stop, This is the Place Heritage Park, the landmark where the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and Brigham Young uttered the now famous words, "This is the place..." The final stop will bring you to Salt Lake City's newest historic wonder, the Salt Lake Public Library.

Evening dinner and drinks out on the town at one of the many Salt Lake restaurants, breweries or bars. For a full list, visit: www.visitsaltlake.com/restaurants/dining/.

Overnight: Salt Lake City

Day 2 Get Enlightened in Salt Lake

Add some educational experiences to your Salt Lake trip with excursions to art galleries, or world-class ballet, opera & symphony performances. See contemporary masterpieces, art galleries or take in some fine art, folk art or historical artifacts at various museums across Salt Lake.

The Leonardo is a Sci+Tech+Art museum that explores today's big ideas, questions, inventions and discoveries. You are more than a reader or watcher or listener. You are a thinker. A creator. You are the greatest mind of your generation. You're a collaborator. www.theleonardo.org

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the state's primary cultural resource for global visual arts, showcases a world-class permanent collection of art objects from the classical to contemporary periods and presents some fifteen rotating exhibitions annually. Highlights include European and American masterworks, art of Utah and the American West, and emerging contemporary art from around the world. umfa.utah.edu/

The Natural History Museum of Utah provides an introduction to the science of Utah's remarkable landscape! Journey to the top of a three-story indoor Canyon. Wander through Utah's dinosaurs and animal life. Interact with earthquakes, erosion, and our Digital Globe to discover how the earth's surface and the Great Salt Lake have changed over time. Enjoy breath-taking views from our observatory deck. Hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it. nhmu.utah.edu

Many of these attractions are conveniently accessible via Salt Lake City's TRAX system and are all included on the Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass, your one stop shop for 13 of Salt Lakes most popular attractions.

In the evening, enjoy Salt Lake's performing arts with a symphony, ballet or opera performance. For a full listing, visit:  www.visitsaltlake.com/things-to-do/arts-culture/performing-arts/