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Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

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. Plan trip to Salt Lake City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour...from the basement to the governor's office it was an exceptional. ..the guide encouraged our questions, was forthright friendly and a informative...the building...  more »
  • We have been to quite a lot of state capitals but this one was very grand. Also, the view from the grounds was fantastic so it’s a good photo opportunity spot.  more »
  • Went there in the evening, and the building looks stunning. Well kept, the small park behind it is very nice. It was easy for us to find a parking spot nearby which is always a plus.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Salt Lake City offers an array of diverse accommodations, from big downtown hotels to rustic bed and breakfasts. Vacation homes and condos in residential areas are ideal if you’re planning a longer stay, providing conveniences such as kitchens and laundry facilities. Those most interested in the area’s natural delights can book a lodge or cabin in the city outskirts, bordering the nearby wilderness. Campsites and RV parks are a budget-friendly option for nature lovers.
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