Blocks of rooms at special rates ($115/night) have been set aside at the Sheraton Salt Lake City for conference attendees.
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
150 West 500 South. Salt Lake City, UT 84101
GBAC is happy to provide a wide variety of tours for 2018: five guided tours, three self-guided tours, and access to a mobile app (via Preservation Utah) that will link you into many more self-guided options. All of the tours were chosen for their accessibility to the conference venue and the ability to use public transportation.

As many of you know, Salt Lake City suffers from adverse air quality, especially this time of the year. We strongly encourage you to walk, ride share, or use public transportation throughout the conference. GBAC has partnered with UTA to offer a transit pass at a very reduced fare: For $15 you can have full access to local buses, Trax light rail, Streetcar light rail, and Frontrunner commuter rail for the duration of the conference (Nov 7-10). If you are coming in from out of town or planning on attending the Ogden Union Station tour (standard roundtrip fare from SLC to Ogden is regularly $13.40) we strongly recommend purchasing a transit pass.


  • November 8th @ 7:30pm – Downtown Pub Tour ($20 w/pint glass, $10 without)
  • November 10th @ 2pm – Downtown Pub Tour ($20 w/pint glass, $10 without)
  • November 10th @ 2pm (tentative) – Architectural History of Temple Square FREE
  • November 10th @ 3:30pm – Ogden Station & Historic 25th Street (board Frontrunner at 2pm) tour is $5
  • November 10th @ 3:30pm – Fort Douglas FREE


  • Downtown walking tour of National Historic Trails (provided by NPS)
  • Pioneer History walking tour (provided by Visit Salt Lake)
  • Historic Downtown Salt Lake City (provided by Preservation Utah)
  • Utah Heritage Walks (mobile app provided by Preservation Utah)

Historic Pub Crawl with Preservation Utah – $20 w/pint glass, $10 without
The mining and railroad boom brought immigrants to Utah from around the world. With them they brought their well-established drinking habits. Rather than lose money to outsiders by importing beer, the first “buy local” movement was initiated by men with a knack for brewing beer. On this tour Preservation Utah tells the history of beer in Utah and takes you into three of Utah’s most well-known watering holes, with a Pub Crawl pint glass included with your registration! This tour is limited to those 21 years of age and older with valid ID. Food and beverage is not included. Food or beverage purchase not required to participate in tour.

Architectural History of Temple Square – FREE
Temple Square is the most visited site in the state of Utah. Its popularity can be attributed to its central geographic location in the capital city, to the national popularity of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and to the general interest in the historic tabernacle and Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–the Mormons. Though it now enjoys a position of notoriety, it was never really the intent or hope of the early Mormon settlers that it would become a state, national, or even internationally known site. Temple Square began with a simple declaration by Brigham Young that it was the future site for the Salt Lake Temple. It then gradually evolved into the present sanctuary that houses within its protective walls three significant pioneer buildings, two visitor centers, and historic monuments–all within a beautifully manicured garden setting.

Ogden Union Station & Historic 25th Street – $5/person
Come and explore the Ogden Union Station on a guided tour of all three museums plus an inside look at a US Postal Service Car and US Military Hospital Car. We will meet at the Frontrunner station in downtown Salt Lake City for a 2pm departure to Ogden, arriving in time to begin our tour at 3:30pm. After touring Union Station we’ll head over to Historic 25th Street for a guided tour of Ogden’s Downtown Historic District. Taking Frontrunner is not required to participate in the tour. Tour participants are responsible for their fare on Frontrunner.

Downtown Walking Tour of Three National Historic Trails – Self Guided
Did you know three National Historic Trails pass through downtown Salt Lake City? Follow the mobile app to explore the California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails. Salt Lake City, a pioneer way-station as well as a destination, is rich in the combined history of the Mormon-Pioneer, Pony Express, and California national historic trails. This itinerary starts at This Is The Place Heritage Park for an overview of the three trails at one tour stop. From there, this itinerary becomes a walking tour downtown. Preview the tour here:

Pioneer History Walking Tour – Self Guided
Highlights of this tour include the Visitor Information Center, Deuel Pioneer Log Cabin, Museum of Church History & Art, Tabernacle, Assembly Hall, Salt Lake Temple, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Historical Markers, Council Hall, White Memorial Chapel, Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument/Brigham Young Grave site, Eagle Gate Monument, Beehive House, Lion House, and Brigham Young Monument. Preview the tour here:

Tracks to Trax: Connecting Communities – Self Guided
This is a downloadable, audio/mps3 tour of the historic warehouse and Gateway District of Salt Lake City. From 1880 to 1920 Salt Lake City’s population exploded from 21,000 to 120,000, much of which can be attributed to the railroad, but it changed the character of the west side from a residential neighborhood to a distinctive warehouse district. Diverse ethnic communities that formed beginning with the coming of the railroad began to break up after World War II. And though economic booms of the late twentieth century and changes in transportation planning have altered the landscape, the history and architecture of the neighborhood is still prominent. Take the tour and discover the Gateway District’s history for yourself. Access the tour here:

Utah Heritage Walks – Self Guided
Have a tour guide in the palm of your hand! Utah HeritageWalks is your one-stop-shop for free tours of architecture, history and heritage in the State of Utah. These tours provide all the knowledge and information of a guided tour with the flexibility of moving at your own pace. Explore our great state with Utah HeritageWalks. Available tours include: Maywood Hills: The Designs of Cliff May in Olympus Cove, Modernism at the University of Utah – Campus Core, Modernisim at the University of Utah – Medical and Athletic Campuses, History Highlights of Murray’s Center District, Historic Signs of Sugar House, McPolin Farm Walking Tour, Centerville’s Original Town Site, Marmalade Neighborhood (East Marmalade Tour, West Marmalade Tour, Quince Street Tour), Let There Be Light: Mid-century Modern Churches, Salt Lake Modern’s Tour of St. Mary’s, Salt Lake Modern’s Tour of Northcrest, Salt Lake Modern’s Tour of Olympus Cove, and the Depot District.
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