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My wife and I are visiting Salt Lake City in the near future and want to see the most interesting historical sites the city has to offer.

Our budget is low, so things that are free/cheap would be best, but if something is particularly interesting, we can pay a hundred or so dollars.

What are the most interesting historical things to visit in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a low budget?

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Welcome to the Travel.SE. I think this question is very broad, but I want to wait a community reaction on this. – VMAtm Sep 7 '11 at 5:25
@Kalamane: Hi, welcome to Travel.SE and to concur with VMatm, could you please try to make the question more specific by telling what sort of sights exactly you're interested in? – Ankur Banerjee Sep 7 '11 at 8:43
Very broad. I could just quote, but perhaps some interests you have - be it musical, outdoorsy, artsy, thrill-seeking - any specific things you are after? – Mark Mayo Sep 7 '11 at 15:23
I've narrowed this down to historical sites. – Kalamane Sep 7 '11 at 22:00
Forget the history!! Get your ass skiiing, man - the greatest snow on Earth, no doubt. You mention not wanting to spend a lot of money - you're in the right place, as the State is family-oriented. Get yourself out hiking ... what about hike up Mt Olympus, it's great! for a starter. SLC and Utah is also the greatest hiking on earth, greatest everything-outdoors on earth! Enjoy!! – Joe Blow Aug 31 '14 at 10:14
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For free, you can't miss Temple Square.

(photo from here)

The grounds themselves are beautiful just to walk around or for a photo-op (including views of the Salt Lake Temple itself as well as reflecting pools and countless gardens) but there are a number of attractions to visit and/or tour, too. Some of the highlights:

Ensign Peak

(view from Ensign Peak, photo from here)

Ensign Peak has a great view and is a short and easy hike just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.

This is the Place park

This is the Place Heritage Park consists of a monument to the Mormon pioneers' arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, as well as a visitor's center/shop and a village of preserved pioneer homes. There is a small admission fee.

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