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Sight Seeing In Dog Friendly Salt Lake City

A couple years ago we passed through Utah, intending to explore Salt Lake City with the dogs. Unfortunately, a heat wave arrived just before we did, and the temperatures in the valley climbed to almost 100 degrees. That’s just too hot … for the dogs and us! So, we high-tailed it up the mountain to dog friendly Park City, where we spent six lovely days at Jordanelle State Park and found plenty to keep Ty and Buster busy.

This time around the weather in Salt Lake couldn’t have been nicer, and delving into the pet friendly options did not disappoint. There are a bunch of pet friendly hotels in Salt Lake City to choose from, or you can do what we did … check into the RV Park that’s within walking distance of downtown. This was the perfect jumping off point to stroll the streets, peruse the parks, and tackle the trails that Salt Lake City has to offer.

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Temple Square

One of Utah’s most popular tourist destinations, Temple Square, is in the heart of downtown. The grounds and gardens around the temple are lovely – it’s a ideal place to plant yourself on a bench and enjoy the peacefulness that’s been cultivated in the center of this bustling city.

Ty and Buster at Temple Square - Salt Lake City, UT

A Plethora of Parks

From Temple Square, head off in any direction and you’re bound to find a park. Salt Lake has to be one of the greenest city we’ve ever been to! Pioneer Park is a few blocks to the southwest and features the Saturday farmer’s market. A tree-lined promenade is the highlight of Liberty Park. And Brigham Young Historic Park commemorates a leader in The Church of Latter Day Saints and a pioneer in the settlement of the Western United States.

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Utah State Capitol Building

The Capitol building was constructed between 1912 and 1916 with local granite and is crowned by a dome covered in Utah copper. Even if architecture isn’t your thing, this is a pretty spectacular building. And it’s hilltop location delivers a great view of the city.

Utah Sate Capitol Building - Salt Lake City, UT

City Creek Canyon and Memory Grove

Cross the street to the east of the capitol and you’ll be looking down into City Creek Canyon, which was my favorite place in the city. Look for the path that drops down the steep canyon wall to the park below. Here you’ll find several memorials to Utah’s veterans, a replica of the Liberty Bell, hiking trails through the botanical garden, and, at the back of the park, an off leash trail along the creek where your pooch can have a romp.

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 The Gateway

When it’s time for a little retail therapy, head over to The Gateway, an outdoor shopping center with over 100 retailers and restaurants. There’s sure to be something for everyone! Some of the shops welcome the dog on leash inside – just be sure to ask first.

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Day Trip to Park City

Of course, no trip to Salt Lake would be complete without taking the 30 minute jaunt up to Park City. Even though we’d been there before, this cool little ski town is always entertaining and we wouldn’t miss a chance to visit.

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And, of course, getting your photo with Franz the Bear is an absolute must!

Ty and Franz - Salt Lake City, Utah

We found both Salt Lake City and Park City very pet friendly and think they’d make an excellent choice for your next pet friendly fun-cation!

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  • Thanks for letting us know, Laurie. That’s really a shame, and I’m so sorry to hear it. When the entire state of California just passed a law allowing restaurants to decide if they want to welcome pets on patios, it’s sad to see Park City going the other way.

  • Laurie McCoy says:

    There is a new city ordinance in Park City that does not allow dogs in restaurant patios or on their decks. We ate yesterday at the Bistro, where they allowed our Matilda to be leashed to the deck railing, but she had to sit below us on the sidewalk. They were very friendly and the meal was delicious, but we were disappointed in this new ordinance in Park City.

  • That’s the great thing about being able to take the dogs with us, Pamela! We see so much more than we would if we didn’t have them along because we have to get out for walks and we use that time to explore! Thank goodness for the dogs, or I’d only have seen a fraction of the things I have as we travel!

  • Yep, it’s a gorgeous place, Carrie! When you guys get your RV, you’ll have to put it on your “must see” list! ;-)

  • Carrie Noar says:

    I loved Salt Lake City both times I saw it, but I never got to see it with the dogs. I wish I could now! I was there for BlogPaws and a good Facebook friend who lives there came and gave me the grand tour before I had to get on the plane to go home. I could have enjoyed it for a long time!

  • I loved the setting of Salt Lake City surrounded by mountains. But I didn’t do nearly the amount of walking around it you did. I definitely should have had Honey with me.

  • Mary Hone says:

    So I have lived in Utah most of my life and never been to a few places you mentioned. LOL I love Park City too, great dog friendly town with a fun dog park. Snow up there now though. You guys came through at a great time.

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