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10 Tips for Salt Lake City Sightseeing Without Breaking the Bank

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Are you planning a trip to Salt Lake City soon and you plan to do some Salt Lake City sightseeing? Or maybe you live in Salt Lake City and want to do some Salt Lake City sightseeing to get more familiar with your own city? In either case, Salt Lake City sightseeing is overall less expensive than many cities. There are lots of free things to do in Salt Lake City, however, you do have to pay for some things and let’s face it most of us don’t have endless funds to spend on Salt Lake City sightseeing. So how do you have a fun experience while Salt Lake City sightseeing without breaking the bank?

Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy Salt Lake City without spending a fortune:

  1. Plan your Salt Lake City sightseeing trip ahead. What exactly do you want to see? Where do you want to go? Will you have a car or will you depend on walking, public transit or taxis and other bus services?
  2. While some of the museums and other activities in Salt Lake City do have admission fees usually ranging from $7-$15 per person, there are a lot of free things to do in Salt Lake City including temple square, the Family History Library and others.  Set a budget and plan to visit at least 1-2 things that are free in addition to anything that has a paid admission fee.
  3. Consider purchasing tickets for a Salt Lake City sightseeing tour such as our hop on hop off sightseeing tour. While yes it may seem like you are spending a lot of money up front, a sightseeing tour can save you a lot of money overall. First, you won’t pay for gas. Second, you will have a professional guide who can help you familiarize yourself with the city and who can point out places to visit that you may not have thought of. Third, many sightseeing sites including those that have free admission have paid parking. Depending on where you go, if you drive your own car you may end up paying more for parking than if you had paid for a sightseeing tour.
  4. If you are traveling as a group of 4 or more people, consider finding another group or two of people to join with for your sightseeing activities.  Many sightseeing tour companies including us will give discounts if there is a group of 10 people or more. Contact us if this applies to you.
  5. Consider how much time you are going to spend on Salt Lake City sightseeing.  If you are going to be in the city for more than one day, you can usually save money by purchasing a tour for 2 days or even 3 days. Many museums and other sites also offer discounts when purchasing a multi-day pass.
  6. Bring your own food and drinks with you. You can often find a local grocery store where you can pick up snacks and drinks for a lot less than paying to go out to eat while you are sightseeing.
  7. Visit the Salt Lake City Visit Salt Lake tourism office and ask for their advice. They are staffed by locals and those who have lived in Salt Lake City for years and they have lots of free information and advice.
  8. Do your research on Salt Lake City sightseeing online before you come and figure out if there are any promotions and deals available.  Often you can get deals if it is your birthday, or on certain holidays and at certain times of year.
  9. Ask your concierge or hotel front desk personnel for advice. Usually they have some great ideas.
  10. Most museums and parks have certain days per year, when you can get in for free. Research this and find out when you can go for free and if possible, do this. For example here is a list of free admission days at the Natural History Museum of Utah for 2017 and 2018.