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Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

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Utah State Capitol is one of the state's major landmarks, noted for its design that melds Neoclassical Revival and Corinthian style architecture. This combination of styles earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by architect Richard K.A. Kletting and built between 1912 and 1916, the building overlooks Salt Lake City's downtown as the centerpiece of a complex of government structures. The building offers free guided tours of some of its common areas, including the imposing central rotunda, which features paintings of scenes from the state's early history. Outside the grand building you can explore a picturesque park that contains several memorials and a reflecting pond. Put Utah State Capitol into our Salt Lake City travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Salt Lake City.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Even though it is not our state capitol we enjoyed our stop very much. We took lots of pictures of the art and architecture. Views from the steps are beautiful. Some people on our tour bus were not th...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    What a great tour! Not very often can you get something for free that is worth anything, but this tour was definitely worth your time. Meet at the Visitor's Desk and you can either go it yourself or w...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Located on a hill that requires a good climb (but the area is cozy and interesting), this building dating back to the 1910s is a copy of the Washington. The Interior is very interesting and educational. Note: absolutely no control, this is troubling. You can even get into the Governor's office!
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  • July 10, 2017
    My best advice: do not miss this one. It'd well worth a day trip, too. One of the best State Capitals in the US. Beautiful, historical building, extremely well maintained, fantastic set of information. Would take a good half day even to have a quick look at everything. Outside: awesome view of the city and surrounding mountains. It's park is meticulously maintained.
  • July 4, 2017
    The Capitol building in Salt Lake is situated amongst some of the greenest grass I've ever seen! The building is impressive to look at, but even more so the views you get from being up on the hill looking back over the city is stunning. Seeing the snow-capped mountain to one side even on the hottest days is quite something. Well worth the walk up to the area even if you don't have a tour.
  • June 26, 2017
    Amazing .. every inches of this place built by an expert architect its a can't missed to visit place. All the granite used are from same resource, homogen soft grey color with its very nice grain. 4 sculptures on 1st floor expressed social duties on behalf of people. Congress meeting halls in good maintenance. Outdoor patio, lawn everything well maintained, it's very nice place to take photos.
  • June 27, 2017
    Awesome experience, take a tour or sit in on a session! Inspires me to be more proactive in my local community and it's politics. Beautiful building. Easy to hop on a bus and get a ride up there for FREE. Can't beat that with a stick.
  • June 11, 2017
    Simply beautiful. I've been to several capitol buildings across America and this is by far my favorite. Beautiful landscaping and in a scenic location. If you're in Salt Lake City, I would definitely stop by for a quick visit. You won't regret it!

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