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Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

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Government Building
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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  • I drive by the Capital Building every day. The cherry trees are beautiful in the spring. I was inside recently during the Legislative session. I love the big murals inside the dome. I believe they als...  more »
  • We visited here and did the free tour - a great way to learn all about Utah. The fact you get to go into every room was amazing. An easy walk from Temple Square it is a great day 1 activity in SLC to ...  more »
  • As in many major cities of the United States, Salt Lake City also has a beautiful State Capitol. Free admission and really worth watching - from the Hill you can win very well an overview of the city and the surrounding area.
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  • The building and grounds are quite beautiful. You can meander around wherever you want and take a peek. They have self-guided tour pamphlets and historical info. Other than that, there's not much to do. My wife and I got bored and started people watching. Lots of people come here to take wedding and engagement pictures, which is quite entertaining.
  • If you plan to go here, make sure you schedule a guided tour to get the most of your experience. By far, this is one of the nicest state capitals in the United States and I highly recommend you to visit here and learn a little bit about American history. They have a gold room, made with real gold and a table that's 100 years old and chairs from the queen of England. They have this beautiful room for the supreme court of justices that is used only once a year. The building is made from marble, and the designed is mirrored which is really unusual. My favorite wad learning about the man who invented television, Philio Farnsworth. He invented over 300 patents, and barely got any credit got any of them. His father died when he was 12 and he worked everyday for his family in the plow. He used his days thinking and creating equations in his head. He regretted making television, because his kids watched it and everything in TV was crap until he saw a man walk on the moon.
  • Salt Lake City is the home to many wonderful people, places, and things. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Salt lake there is plenty to do and see for the outdoor enthusiast. Or stay close to the inner city and enjoy all the history to modern day technology it has to offer. One of the easiest cities to travel around and find your destination because the layout is on a grid system. A great place to start discovering Salt Lake City is at the state capital. It has many historical exhibits to see along with its own museum next door. All free to see and enjoy with the family.
  • Greatest state Capitol there is. Lovely architecture and they give tours. Most everybody is friendly and willing to help out if you get lost. Go take a tour, you will not regret it.
  • I've lived near the capital Building for years. I've always loved seeing it in the skyline near my home. Take advantage of the summer movie screenings on the lawn. My husband and I went for the first time this summer and had a blast. There were several screens set up and a few food trucks, although I noticed some people brought their own food. There's nothing better than a movie under the stars and pizza! Last week my mother came to visit and we went on a self guided stroll.This building is absolutely gorgeous inside and as magnanimous as the exterior.It is recommended that visitors enter through the east entrance where you will immediately see the visitors desk. There are guided tours on the hour which I will take advantage of next time. Downstairs you'll find small encased exhibits and painted portraits of all the governors. On the main floor you get the best view of the murals on the ceiling and find a towering statue of Brigham Young. Don't forget to take a peek at the $65,000 living room located on the southwest area of the same floor.