Salt Lake City from the Ensign Peak Trail
Salt Lake City is best known as the worldwide headquarters of the Mormon Church, which makes it's home at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. The city was founded by the Mormons in 1847. Temple Square is the center of activity in Salt Lake City, with a population of 180,000 but with a metro area population of over 1 million. With a lot of parkland, beautiful views and hiking in the area, Salt Lake City is a great place for dogs to visit with you.
There are many dog-friendly hotels in Salt Lake City and the area. The airport hotels in Salt Lake are also only minutes from downtown. The Hilton City Center and at the Hilton Salt Lake City Airport are both dog-friendly. The Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel is also pet-friendly and offers a package for visiting dogs. The La Quinta Hotels at the airport and in West Valley are also pet-friendly. An especially dog-friendly hotel downtown is the Monaco Salt Lake City. This Kimpton Hotel, a chain known for amenities for visiting pets, offers a leash, bed and dinnerware (bowls) to use while you stay as well as gourmet treats . Pet sitting and walking services are also available at the Monaco. There are also many other pet-friendly hotels in Salt Lake from all of the major hotel chains. If you need more space such as a one or two bedroom suite and your own kitchen you can consider one of many pet-friendly extended stay hotels in town. Some of these include Residence Inns, Extended Stay America and the Homestead Salt Lake.
If you are camping in an RV or motorhome in Salt Lake, then the Salt Lake City KOA is located just west of downtown. This is one of the closest campgrounds to a major city that you will find anywhere. The Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington about 17 miles north of town has an attached campground and both the campground and the amusement park allow leashed dogs. If you are tent camping and are looking for a nice park to camp at, the you can consider the Wasatch-Cache National Forest which offers many trails for leashed dogs and a number of campgrounds and the Sunset Campground at 6,400 feet in the forest is a particularly nice campground.
There are a number of dog-friendly attractions in Salt Lake City. If you are okay with a short hilly climb to a great view of the city, consider taking the Ensign Peak Trail which starts at Ensign Vista Drive. The trail is 1/2 mile and offers great views of both the city and the Great Salt Lake. You can glance inside the KUTV2 studio from the sidewalk also in downtown. Dogs are not allowed in the Temple Square, but you can take the carriage tours that start outside the Temple gates. These guided tours will give you a great scenic tour and a lot of historical information about the city. The Lagoon Amusement Park, located 17 miles north of town, allows well-behaved, leashed dogs in the amusement park. There is an attached campground if you would like to stay there. This is the Place State Park is the spot where the first Mormons settled in Salt Lake and a mostly outdoor living history museum shows what that first settlement looked like. A short drive from town is Golden Spike National Historical Site where the transcontinental railroad was completed.
If you are looking for dog-friendly shopping in Salt Lake, the Gateway Shopping District is a good choice. This is an open air mall with over 105 stores and restaurants. Another open air shopping center to take your dog to is the City Creek Center near downtown. There are some dog-friendly restaurants in Salt Lake but there are not as many dog-friendly restaurants here as in many other cities. The Log Haven Restaurant at 6451 E Mill Creek Canyon Rd is one restaurant that allows dogs on their patio and even has a "Dog Days of Summer" special canine event in the summer. There are a number of dog-friendly parks in town. Liberty Park at 589 East 1300 South is the most popular with walking paths and a children's amusement park inside it. There are a number of off-leash dog parks in Salt Lake City.