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How to Spend One Day in Salt Lake City!

Salt Lake City view from Ensign Peak

When I shifted my base to Salt Lake City, I pretty much used to rely on the public transport and it is kind of good as compared to few other places in the USA. There was hardly any necessity of buying a car, so I was not much concerned about buying it soon either. Salt lake City is approximately 45 miles away from where I live. I planned to spend one day in Salt Lake City exploring it in my own way and obviously I want to get comfortable using the public transport here.

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1. Ensign peak

Ensign Peak is located 3 miles away from Salt Lake City downtown and the trail begins at the Ensign Peak Nature Park, off Ensign Vista Drive. There is a legend associated with this peak that Brigham Young and his entourage were the first to discover and hike this place.

I reached Ensign Peak trail head at around 7.30 am. This was my first hike to do solo and I was nervous but excited to complete it too. Praveen was in Los Angeles, CA at the time hence the time was perfect to do things I wanted to. It’s definitely not like he won’t come for a hike but I actually felt it was high time to hike solo too.

Ensign Peak

There were few trails leading to the peak, However I decided to follow the trail well marked and well-travelled path. The first initial 100ft was paved with steps, then it’s hard dirt to walk on. From here the hike was pretty easy and some places were steep too. I took approximately 20 minutes to reach the top. I spent like an hour at the top feeling the breeze and enjoying the full panoramic view of Salt Lake City.

View from Ensign Peak
View from Ensign Peak

I clicked few selfies and few pics. I enjoyed my time absolutely.

On top of Ensign Peak

I hiked back the trail of Ensign peak and I visited the Ensign Peak garden that was in front of the trail head from where we started the hike.

I spent few minutes here as It was clam and peaceful. You can also view the entire downtown of Salt Lake City from here.

  • Hike type: Easy Kid friendly
  • Total time required to hike comfortably: 1 hour
  • Total distance: 1 mile approximately RT
  • Dogs: On leash but I did see few dogs off leash too
  • Kid friendly: yes
  • Best time: Sunset time (Open year round – but it do gets muddy post winter as the snows starts to melt.)
  • Washrooms: Not available
  • Parking: Free Street Parking (Easy to find a spot)

2. Utah State Capitol Building

As I was not getting Uber or Lyft, I decided to walk till Utah State Capitol building. I was the only one to walk that path. It took a little more than half an hour to reach the Utah State Capitol building. I clicked few pics of the garden and went inside for a self guided tour of the building.

Utah State Capitol Building
Utah State Capitol Building in the evening

It was Saturday and it is free to go inside the Utah State Capitol building, if you are interested. I decided to explore the beautiful architecture. I was in awe of the intricate work.

View from State Capitol Building

First Floor: This has many exhibits or artwork to see and also you have the Visitor’s Centre towards east entrance.

Second Floor: Known as the “ROTUNDA”.  This is a vast hallway with amazing paintings and artwork. There are many offices too though it is not opened to the public.

Third floor: This houses the Senate offices. And few other exhibits and artwork.

Fourth floor: There is a gallery that features rotating exhibits relating to Utah’s history and heritage. Paintings on the curved ceiling is more clear from here.

  • Tour Type: Self guided tour , kid friendly
  • Time spent: 2:00 hours
  • Timings: Open until 8.00 pm
  • Washrooms: Available near the visitor centre area
  • Parking: Free parking available.

3.Temple Square

Temple Square is located in Salt Lake City downtown. There is a huge garden in the middle and as it was Summer time, garden was decorated beautifully with different colors of tulips. I started off with the South Visitors’ Center. It has a model of the Salt Lake City Temple and we can view the intricate details of each room in the Temple.

There are sculptures around the garden too. Spent like an hour with clicking pictures and also relaxed a bit as I was walking the whole day.

Each season, Locals visit to see the different decorations in Temple grounds.

Temple square

4. City Creek Mall

City Creek Mall is located close to Temple Square within walking distance. This shopping mall features a glass roof, a creek that runs through the property, a pedestrian sky bridge and more. There are live fishes in the creek and also a water fountain musical show.

Musical Fountain in City Creek Shopping Mall
Glass Roof in City Creek Shopping Mall
  • Parking: Free parking available for first two hours. Later, you will be charged 2$/hour.
  • Available hours: Sunday is closed.

These are the things you can do in one day in Salt Lake City. If you have few more days, you can check my blog spot for other nearby places like Bonneville Salt Flats , Antelope Island, Park City. I will be writing a separate blog post for Antelope Island and Park City. There are few easy hikes nearby if you are interested.

Thank for visiting! If you have any questions / suggestions / feedback, you can comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear back from you.

Have a nice day!




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