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Utah State Capitol

Join a tour of the elegant home of Utah’s state government and see its beautifully preserved neoclassical architecture, period decorations and artworks.

The hilltop landmark of the Utah State Capitol is one of Salt Lake City’s finest buildings. Overlooking the city from Capitol Hill, the Utah State Capitol is a magnificent example of neoclassical-revival architecture. Tour the building that has held the chambers and offices of the Utah State Legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor and the attorney general since 1916. Admire the gorgeous furnishings of the public offices and the intriguing artworks displayed throughout the complex.

Begin your visit at the Visitor Center. Pick up brochures from the information desk and go on a self-guided tour of the building including a scavenger hunt for items on the second floor. Alternatively, join a guided tour and experience the Capitol complex with the help of a volunteer docent.

Wander through the grand halls, noticing the beautiful Georgia marble columns and panels. Step into the Rotunda to see artworks painted by locals during the Great Depression. Spot imagery that depicts the story of Utah, including early European settlers meeting Native Americans, railroad and mining industries, the liberty flag and seagulls saving the pioneers’ crops from crickets. Check out four large allegorical bronze statues that represent the motivations of the state government.

Visit the Governor’s Public Office, which contains beautiful timber furniture carved from trees that were uprooted during Salt Lake Valley’s 1999 tornado. See additional magnificent interiors in the House of Representatives Chamber, which is the meeting place for Utah’s 75 representatives. One mural shows the first women to vote in the state in 1870, while another features the Engen brothers creating the much-loved Ecker Hill ski jump. Note the natural light that floods in from numerous skylights and illuminates the building’s magnificent artworks.

The Utah State Capitol is located on Capitol Hill, a short distance north of Salt Lake City’s historic downtown and Temple Square. It is easy to reach by public bus. Park your car on the adjoining streets or at the LDS Conference Center parking lot. Docent-guided tours are free and last about an hour. Join a tour inside the east entrance of the Capitol building.


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Little America Hotel $99
Little America Hotel

Little America Hotel

500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Capitol Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Courthouse Station is only a 4-minute walk and Gallivan Plaza Station is 8 minutes.

    Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square $80
    Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

    Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

    122 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Family History Library, Salt Palace, and City Creek Center. Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square are also within 10 minutes. Temple Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Center Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel RL Salt Lake City $74
      Hotel RL Salt Lake City

      Hotel RL Salt Lake City

      161 W 600 S, Salt Lake City, UT
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Classic Cars International Museum, Salt Palace, and Capitol Theater. City Creek Center and Vivint Smart Home Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Courthouse Station is 9 minutes by foot and 900 South Station is 10 minutes.

        Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown $106
        Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown

        Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown

        230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and Capitol Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Courthouse Station is 8 minutes by foot and 900 South Station is 13 minutes.

          Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway $109
          Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway

          Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway

          55 N 400 West St, Salt Lake City, UT
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vivint Smart Home Arena and The Gateway. Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway Children's Museum are also within 10 minutes. Arena Station and North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown $101
            Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

            Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

            215 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Abravanel Hall and Vivint Smart Home Arena. Salt Palace and Temple Square are also within 10 minutes. Temple Square Station and Arena Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Netflix, 3min to DT, Walkable/bikeable $69
              Netflix, 3min to DT, Walkable/bikeable

              Netflix, 3min to DT, Walkable/bikeable

              Salt Lake City, UT
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Pioneer Memorial Museum, Temple Square, and Conference Center. Salt Palace and City Creek Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). City Center Station is 16 minutes by foot and Temple Square Station is 16 minutes.

                Cozy Guest House ON Historic Capitol Hill
                Cozy Guest House ON Historic Capitol Hill

                Cozy Guest House ON Historic Capitol Hill

                Salt Lake City, UT
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this historic guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Salt Lake City Council Hall, Temple Square, and Conference Center. Salt Palace and City Creek Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). City Center Station is 13 minutes by foot and Temple Square Station is 14 minutes.