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Salt Lake City: Haunted Walking Tour

1. Salt Lake City: Haunted Walking Tour

Did you know the Judge Building was bombed in 1985? Or that a cult leader caused one of Utah’s most disturbing murder-suicides at the site of the Holiday Inn? There are dark and sinister tales in every corner of Salt Lake City, and the spirits are anxious to tell them. Join your US Ghost Adventures guide for an evening of true crime and campfire ghost stories beginning at Gallivan Plaza. From there, you’ll visit six historic, haunted spots, unlocking a new creepy tale at each one. Uncover the history of infamous forger Mark Hofmann; steer clear of the angry ghost of Judge Ritter at the Federal Courthouse; and bask in the chilling energy of the Capitol Theater, where a fire claimed a teen boy’s life. You’ll end your tour on Whiskey Street, where you’re free to grab a drink after the tour. You may even spot the mischievous ghost girl who runs along the bar shelves, knocking over bottles. Are you brave enough to step into the shadows of Salt Lake City? You may never sleep with the lights off again.

Salt Lake City: Great Salt Lake Antelope Island Guided Tour

2. Salt Lake City: Great Salt Lake Antelope Island Guided Tour

Join us for a day of adventure, education, and exploration of the unique and timeless landscape of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island State Park. Experience spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake, step back in time with a visit to the historic Fielding Garr Ranch, enjoy viewing opportunities of free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorns, and millions of birds who congregate along the shores of the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is an essential part of the ecological life of the Western United States and has a key role in the Utah economy. This critical resource is endangered with the changing climate and years of drought that has beleaguered this part of the country. On this tour, you’ll see firsthand how Mother Nature is coping with its changing surroundings. With an experienced guide to help bring the story of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island to life, you’ll have plenty of time to experience the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, as you hike and explore this unique and timeless landscape. Each season of the year offers a different experience. More importantly you will learn more about the issues and struggles that are affecting the lake and the work that is being done to conserve this priceless resource. When you purchase this tour, $5 per person will be donated by Southwest Adventure Tours to the preservation of the Great Salt Lake. Join us for this 5 ½ hour Great Salt Lake Tour. Your Adventure Awaits.

Salt Lake City: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Bus

3. Salt Lake City: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Salt Lake City's oldest and most popular guided tour for over 35 years, fully-narrated by a local expert. Sights include: Temple Square: Utah’s most visited attraction -       Mormon Tabernacle: built in 1867, home of the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and one of the largest pipe organs in the world, 11,632 pipes! -       Salt Lake Temple: the most iconic building in Utah -       Family History Library: largest genealogy library in the world -       Conference Center: largest theater-style auditorium ever built -       Historic Hotel Utah: a century-old luxury hotel that hosted U.S. presidents Capitol Hill: unique history, regal architecture and breathtaking scenery -       Capitol: voted second most beautiful in America -       Scenic overlook: spectacular views of Rocky Mountains -       Council Hall: City Hall of the Old West -       Mormon Battalion Monument: first and only religious unit in the U.S. military This is the Place Pioneer Heritage Park: -       Mormon Pioneer Trail: 70,000 pioneers walked 1,300 miles -       This is the Place monument: Mormon pioneer and explorers of the American West -       Scenic overlook: mountain views, overlook of the entire valley and Great Salt Lake -       Pony Express Monument: awe-inspiring statues and relay station with a beautiful mountain backdrop Brigham Young Estate: -       Beehive House: stately home of Brigham Young, known as the “American Moses” -       Lion House: a polygamous mansion for 20 wives and 50 children in the Old West Other Attractions: -       Historic Union Pacific Depot: one of the finest train stations in the Old West -       Gateway Center & Olympic Legacy Plaza: “The Gateway to the City” -       Pioneer Square and historic Rio Grande train station -       Fort Douglas: Civil War-era fort built to keep an eye on the Mormons -       Olympic Village and Stadium: relive the most successful Winter Olympics ever -       University of Utah: Founded 1850, the oldest state university west of Missouri River -       Historic Brigham Street Mansions District: millionaires row from 100 years ago -       Governor’s Mansion, and others of the wealthy mining magnates -       Cathedral of the Madeleine: Roman Catholic headquarters in Utah -       First Presbyterian Church: exquisite red sandstone and stained glass windows -       Masonic Temple: Egyptian Revival architecture and mysterious sphinx statues -       Library Square: designed by a world-famous architect in a stunning modern style -       City Hall: striking architecture and the symbol of non-Mormon citizens’ open defiance of the Mormon Church

Salt Lake City: Great Salt Lake Wildlife & Sunset Experience

4. Salt Lake City: Great Salt Lake Wildlife & Sunset Experience

Meet your guide and climb aboard a van in the city center. Begin your journey and get ready to experience Utah's vast deserts, serene beauty, and epic landscapes, just a few miles away from downtown Salt Lake City. Arrive in Antelope Island, a scenic location teeming with wildlife. Look out for the wild herd of around 600 American bison roaming the island. Seize the. chance to spot coyotes, bobcats, antelopes, porcupines, big-horn sheep, mule deer, and if the season is right, up to 200,000 migratory birds. After wildlife spotting, enjoy a short hike to Buffalo Point on the island to watch the sunset and admire breathtaking views of nature. Finally, climb back aboard the van and take in the landscape through its large windows as you ride back to the city.

Salt Lake City: Guided City Tour and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

5. Salt Lake City: Guided City Tour and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Salt Lake City's oldest and most popular guided tour for over 35 years, fully-narrated by a local expert. Sights include: Temple Square: Utah’s most visited attraction -       Mormon Tabernacle: built in 1867, home of the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and one of the largest pipe organs in the world, 11,632 pipes! -       Salt Lake Temple: the most iconic building in Utah -       Family History Library: largest genealogy library in the world -       Conference Center: largest theater-style auditorium ever built -       Historic Hotel Utah: a century-old luxury hotel that hosted U.S. presidents Capitol Hill: unique history, regal architecture and breathtaking scenery -       Capitol: voted second most beautiful in America -       Scenic overlook: spectacular views of Rocky Mountains -       Council Hall: City Hall of the Old West -       Mormon Battalion Monument: first and only religious unit in the U.S. military This is the Place Pioneer Heritage Park: -       Mormon Pioneer Trail: 70,000 pioneers walked 1,300 miles -       This is the Place monument: Mormon pioneer and explorers of the American West -       Scenic overlook: mountain views, overlook of the entire valley and Great Salt Lake -       Pony Express Monument: awe-inspiring statues and relay station with a beautiful mountain backdrop Brigham Young Estate: -       Beehive House: stately home of Brigham Young, known as the “American Moses” -       Lion House: a polygamous mansion for 20 wives and 50 children in the Old West Other Attractions: -       Historic Union Pacific Depot: one of the finest train stations in the Old West -       Gateway Center & Olympic Legacy Plaza: “The Gateway to the City” -       Pioneer Square and historic Rio Grande train station -       Fort Douglas: Civil War-era fort built to keep an eye on the Mormons -       Olympic Village and Stadium: relive the most successful Winter Olympics ever -       University of Utah: Founded 1850, the oldest state university west of Missouri River -       Historic Brigham Street Mansions District: millionaires row from 100 years ago -       Governor’s Mansion, and others of the wealthy mining magnates -       Cathedral of the Madeleine: Roman Catholic headquarters in Utah -       First Presbyterian Church: exquisite red sandstone and stained glass windows -       Masonic Temple: Egyptian Revival architecture and mysterious sphinx statues -       Library Square: designed by a world-famous architect in a stunning modern style -       City Hall: striking architecture and the symbol of non-Mormon citizens’ open defiance of the Mormon Church

Petrified Forest National Park Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Petrified Forest National Park Self-Guided Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 28+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Petrified in 2-3 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins at the Painted Desert Visitor Center by the park’s north entrance. From there, you'll head to Toponi Point, offering a panoramic view of the Painted Desert's multicolored badlands. Next is the Painted Desert Inn, a National Historic Landmark. Learn about its storied past, from a 1920s tourist destination to a park museum. Its unique Pueblo Revival style architecture, charming murals, and captivating vistas make it a must-visit. After that, you'll drive to the Puerco Pueblo, the site of a 100-room pueblo inhabited over 600 years ago. Here, you can also see a solar calendar—a rock slab with petroglyphs that mark the summer solstice. Then, visit Newspaper Rock, home to over 650 petroglyphs left by Puebloan people centuries ago. Ponder the stories these symbols might tell, providing glimpses into the life and culture of ancient inhabitants. Continuing on, you'll encounter the Tepees, fascinating formations notable for their layers of vibrant rock. Then, venture on to the Blue Mesa, a place where blue-hued badlands and petrified wood coexist, presenting a visually striking contrast. Learn about the late Triassic environment that created these wonders over 200 million years ago. After that, explore the Jasper Forest and Crystal Forest, breathtaking trails that provide up-close looks at petrified wood strewn across the landscape. Finally, you’ll reach Rainbow Forest Museum by the southern entrance of Petrified Forest National Park. The tour concludes here.

Salt Lake City: Trolley Show-Tour

7. Salt Lake City: Trolley Show-Tour

This is no ordinary trolley tour! Ride aboard a colorful, air-conditioned trolley streetcar with professional actors in historic costumes for a sightseeing "show-tour" unlike anything you've ever seen before. Experience the history of Salt Lake City on this 90-minute guided tour that cruises through historic districts of town. You'll be immersed in a sightseeing adventure as your guides entertain you with stories, skits, songs and comedy. Multiple photo stops allow you to step off the trolley and even pose with the conductor.

Salt Lake City: History & Culture Guided Walking Day Tour

8. Salt Lake City: History & Culture Guided Walking Day Tour

Experience the unique and culturally diverse downtown of Salt Lake City, UT. From the “Mormon” Pioneers who settled the area to the influence of modern culture, the arts, 2002 Olympics, and the influx of people from all over the world, Salt Lake City has many sights and stories to experience firsthand. Join us for a 2.5-3-hour walking tour of the downtown area. As you walk the 3-mile loop through the downtown area you will hear the stories about the founders of this city and those whose influence are continuing to shape this metropolitan area today. Along with the unique stories you will experience the diverse and unique architecture found throughout the downtown area. This all combines to create the unique vibe that exists in Salt Lake City. Join us today. Your Adventure Awaits!

Salt Lake City: Great Salt Lake Guided Tour

9. Salt Lake City: Great Salt Lake Guided Tour

Discover the saltiest lake in the western hemisphere, America’s Dead Sea. Float like a cork, so salty that you simply cannot sink! Learn the science behind the lake that is up to ten times as salty as the ocean. Sights include: Migratory Birds Wetlands Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve: several million migratory birds of over 250 species visit Great Salt Lake each year Wildlife: antelope roam the open plains Historic beach resort Saltair: hear tales of an historic beach resort built by the Mormon Church to be a family-friendly attraction amidst the rowdy pleasure resorts of the early 1900’s; once known as the “Coney Island of the West,” now in it’s third iteration Great Salt Lake Park Utah State Marina: home of the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club, “the world’s saltiest sailors!” Visitor Center: science and history exhibits, gift shop Silver Sands Beach: walk the shores of soft, pearl-like sand, photo opportunities abound Observation Deck: scenic overlook of the Great Salt Lake, its islands, and the surrounding Rocky Mountains make for spectacular photos Catch a live sea monkey! The only creature that can survive in this lake, once sold to children through comic books

Salt Lake City: Guided City Tour by Car

10. Salt Lake City: Guided City Tour by Car

Want to experience Salt Lake City but don’t have a lot of time? This is a great tour to see some of what is waiting for you in Salt Lake City! Learn about the history of the valley, the unique and eclectic people that call this area home and experience the architecture and outdoor space found in Utah’s Capital City. From is storied history of the Mormon Pioneers to a mining boomtown with its red light districts, Salt Lake City has always had a multi-cultural and storied history that will come alive during this 3 hour excursion. Join us. Your Adventure Awaits! Meet your driver at your hotel in Salt Lake City and get ready for an exciting day traveling around this capitol city. From its historic temples, to the Union Pacific Depot and Trolley Square, our knowledgeable guides will show you around on this amazing tour.

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4.7
(17 reviews)

Ashley was a great tour guide, I learned so much and got to see much of what the island has to offer! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting the great salt lake/antelope island for the first time.

It's great for eSIM-enabled cell phones. I had no problems unlocking it. I had a normal SIM card in my German cell phone and have now also activated the eSIM for vacation in America. Works great. Thanks

Mark was an amazing guide, extremely knowledgeable, clearly loves nature and very fun - the perfect combination for a guide!

Awesome guided tour. Thanks to Ashley - it was great! I highly recommend both the guided tour and our guid.

Never travelling from Europe to NYC again without a eSIM. So easy, sooo simple.