Known as the Crossroads of the West in the mid-1800s, Salt Lake City is a capitol city and university town, a religious mecca and a diverse melting pot, and a place where the mountains meet metropolitan. On this tour, you'll get an introduction to all of this history, culture, and life. You'll visit magnificent architecture and learn fascinating stories about people who made Utah into a highly sought after place to live and work.
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Your Salt Lake City hotel
I'll pick you up for your tour at your Salt Lake City hotel or meet you at a convenient location in town.
First, we'll visit the place it all began at This Is the Place Monument and the Pioneer Center at This Is the Place Heritage Park to learn about the different groups of people who had a part in Utah’s exploration and settlement.
We'll next drive into downtown past several significant places including Fort Douglas, Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah where the opening and closing ceremonies were held for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Liberty Park, Trolley Square, Salt Lake Masonic Temple, Thomas Kearns' Mansion (Governor's Mansion), First Presbyterian Church, Cathedral of the Madeleine, and through the Avenues.
We'll take a short paved trail up to Vista Mound just below Ensign Peak for grand views of the whole valley.
Next, we'll visit the iconic neoclassical Utah State Capitol Building. We'll go inside the building to see the magnificent rotunda and learn more of Utah's history and culture. You'll peek into the legislative chambers (if open) and learn why Utah is nicknamed the Beehive State.
Our last main destination is the heart of Salt Lake City at Historic Temple Square of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We should arrive in time for you to join a tour of the historic buildings with representatives of the Church (outside guides are not permitted to lead tours on Temple Square) to go inside the Assembly Hall, Tabernacle, and learn about the glorious Salt Lake Temple. We will also walk by or drive by other significant and historic buildings that make up the Church's headquarters campus including the Lion and Beehive Houses, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Conference Center, Family History Library, and others. Please note that although I'm not allowed to lead tours on Temple Square, I'm very happy and capable to answer your questions about the buildings and Church before and after we've been on the square.
After Temple Square, we'll meander back to your hotel passing other significant and beautiful places in the city including the Salt Palace Convention Center and Abravanel Hall, Vivant Smart Home Arena, Union Pacific Depot, Rio Grande Depot, Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City and Country Building, and the Salt Lake City Public Library.
I'll return you to your Salt Lake City hotel or other nearby destination of your choosing.
Your Salt Lake City hotel
hotel pick-up and drop-off in Salt Lake City
transportation and fuel (during the tour)
admissions (if necessary)
additional personal expenses
For larger groups, an additional fee will be charged to rent a vehicle large enough for the group unless the group provides the vehicle. I'm happy to be a step-on guide for larger groups.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as we will be getting out and walking at several points along the tour.
I will have complimentary bottled water and snacks in the car.
Please note that times are estimates. Depending on availability and other factors, times and even access to locations on the itinerary are subject to change.
Also, I can tailor this tour to your requests including specific interests (art, architecture, religious heritage, military history, sports, etc.), mobility issues, etc. Please contact me to customize this tour for you.
This depends on the weather and time of year. If you're traveling in Utah in the summer, you'll want to be prepared for hot temperatures for when outside including at This Is the Place Monument, on Temple Square, and when we hike up to the overlook on Ensign Peak. For winter, you'll want layers that you can remove when inside. I try to send a message a few days before the tour to let you know the expected forecast.
For shoes, where something comfortable to walk in.
The tour will continue as planned. Bringing an umbrella and rain jacket or coat will help keep you dry. Of course, per your request, we can also leave outdoor activities to a minimum during the tour.
Yes. I've taken guests of all capabilities to many of these sites. Most are equipped with accessible ramps and other features. I take the tour at your pace, so if a member of your group is slower than average or has health complications that impede their movement such as heart disease or severe asthma, we will take breaks or can even limit the amount of time we walk. We can adjust the tour to your needs and capabilities. Please note that there is room in my vehicle for walkers and other walking aids, we would need to rent a larger vehicle if other movement aids are necessary. Also, at Temple Square, we should be able to borrow a manual wheelchair for guests who struggle with walking or standing for prolonged periods of time.
If you or any member of your party has mobility issues or health concerns that may affect the tour, please inform me at the time of or prior to booking.
Temple Square is private property of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They do not permit outside tour guides to lead groups or provide information such as a private tour while on the premises. They provide complimentary tours to guests from around the world in several languages through full-time sister missionaries who have been trained to give the tours. They are very open to any questions you have. If you have additional questions after their tour, feel free to ask me. After we leave the property, I can provide additional insight or information they may leave out due to time constraints or topic of the question.
Yes, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No, I will not try to convert you. I am happy to answer any questions you have about the Church, its history, beliefs, etc. No, I don't shy away from controversial questions related to the Church. Feel free to ask anything.