Take a free guided tour of Temple Square (50 W. North Temple, 800-537-9703, http://www.visittemplesquare.com), which depart frequently from the visitors center. While there, see the art and rooftop garden of the Conference Center, listen to a pin drop at the Tabernacle, look up your genealogy at the Family History Library Building and attend a Sunday morning broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (801-240-4150, http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org; free).
Great Salt Lake is big -- 75 miles long, 28 miles wide -- so start small, at the Great Salt Lake State Marina (801-250-1898, http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/salt-lake; $2 per car), just outside the city off Interstate 80. For a greater escape, drive about 30 miles north to Antelope Island State Park (801-773-2941, http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope- http://island; $9), the largest land mass in the lake. Accessible by causeway from Interstate 15, the isle is home to bison, bighorn sheep and numerous hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails.
To pack in the attractions, a Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass costs $18 and covers 12 venues, such as Clark Planetarium, Olympic Park, etc. Available through the visitors bureau.