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The University Guest House is part of the Foothill Cultural District of Salt Lake City. Some of Salt Lake's biggest attractions are within walking distance of the Guest House or, at most, a short bus ride away. Enjoy a walk through extensive gardens, visit prestigious museums or the Hogle Zoo. Click here for a virtual tour.

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Fort Douglas Military Museum

  • 32 Potter Street, Salt Lake City
  • Museums
  • 801-581-1710
Map The Fort Douglas Military Museum is within walking distance to the University Guest House (.03miles). The museum, originally a 19th century barracks, includes various exhibits on the history of Utah and adjacent western states. The museum also includes an outdoor Cannon and Military Vehicle Park.

Natural History Museum of Utah

  • 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
  • Museums
  • 801-581-6927
Map Experience Utah’s natural history from the ground up. The new Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center is a treasure trove of fascinating artifacts, jaw-dropping dinosaurs, amazing science, and stories of living history. You’ll marvel at this architectural wonder where science is alive, accessible, entertaining and simply awe-inspiring.

Red Butte Garden

  • 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
  • Parks and Scenic Areas
  • 801-581-4747
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This year-round garden is well known for its gorgeous formal displays and its Children's Garden. The views of the valley from these paths and terraces is amazing and there are trails enough to keep you hiking for hours.

This Is The Place Heritage Park

  • 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City
  • Monuments and Notable Buildings
  • 801-582-1847
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The This is the Place Monument, standing at the western end of the 1300 miles of the Mormon Trail, is the capstone of the park, but there's more here than monuments. Interpretors re-enact Utah pioneer history and you can learn both 19th century crafts and dances while you explore.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

  • 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City
  • Art Galleries and Museums
  • 801-581-7332
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Both ancient artworks created by ancient peoples and the most contemporary of contemporary works are displayed in this massive and well-renown museum. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts spans millenia.

Utah's Hogle Zoo

  • 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City
  • Zoos
  • 801-582-1631
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Nearly a thousand animals from every part of the world are within Hogle Zoo - and the Zoo is always expanding. Elephant Encounter and the Asian Highlands are just some of the new highlights of the park.