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Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • While visiting SLC, we decided to tour the state capitol and we were glad that we did. Our tour guide was Kathryn (if I remember correctly) and she was a font of information. We were able to visit the...  read more »
  • I visited the Utah State Capital for the first time in 1973 and posed with the lions that guard the entrance to the building. I recently returned just to pose with the NE lions! What a step back in ti...  read more »
  • Stunning building recently remodeled. Impressive granite. Did a self tour and the brief movie on the lower level. Lots of walking. Beautifully maintained. 
  • 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.
  • I visited the State Capitol building on a field trip in elementary school, but the only thing I remembered was the marble pillars. It was time to make another visit. We had planned to take a tour which they offer every hour, but when we got there we found out they don't offer tours on Saturdays. That was disappointing, but we were able to walk around and see some neat things. I liked some of the booths they had about Utah and Utah history on the main floor. They have a big 3-D sculpture map thing of Utah which shows cities and terrain differences like the mountains. There is a lot of open space in this building. It is beautiful. It was built in 1916 actually, 100 years ago. There are 4 floors that anyone can walk around. There are beautiful staircases and elevators as well. A statue of my second cousin twice removed, Philo T. Farnsworth, was on the 4th floor. He invented the television! That was really cool to see. The ceiling of the dome had spectacular paintings of Utah history on it. This place is a definite must-see if you are visiting Utah/Salt Lake City.
  • Beautiful architecture, beautiful grounds. Great place for a gathering. Cool to see the history. Absolutely gorgeous. Period.
  • I highly recommend the tour in which you can see inside of many rooms such as the foundation columns, governor's office, etc. Very friendly and accommodating tour guide Sheryl. Gorgeous building decoration with top quality marble and other materials.
  • Not what I expected from a State Capital! Very well worth the time to drive up here and to take the self guided tour. Plenty of history is explained, the beautiful architecture and the view of the valley below is amazing! When I was there, they were doing some restoration, but kept it minimal so that you could still see the artwork and the plaques. Very open and sunny. Plenty of parking and very easy in and out of the building itself.
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