Salt Lake City – Land of the Mormons

/Salt Lake City – Land of the Mormons

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah. It is a populous and an attractive city. It was Brigham Young who founded Salt Lake City in 1847. The land here was irrigated by the Mormon followers. The city occupies an area of 285.9 sq. km and is elevated to a height of 4,327 feet above sea level. Salt Lake City has a strategic location with the Salt Lake Valley, Great Salt Lake and Wasatch and Oquirrh steep mountain ranges surrounding it. The Twin Peaks area in the southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah in the Wasatch Ranges which have all Salt Lake City attractions.

Salt Lake City is home to several movie theaters. The city is gripped by local music. You will see the Olympic flame at Rice-Eccles Stadium, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002. Salt Lake City has a number of world-class ski and summer resorts which are tourist attractions for sporting activities.

Salt Lake City Attractions

Temple Square Church Attractions

In the center of Salt Lake City, Utah is located the Temple Square. It occupies an area of 10 acres. Within the square complex, you will see the Salt Lake Temple. It is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a sacred place, so there are no public tours. This church is the centerpiece of the Temple Square. It has several mountain peaks close by. You will find the City Creek here. A golden Angel Moroni is placed on the capstone of the temple. At the center tower, you will see on each side a depiction of the All-Seeing Eye of God.

The tourist sees within the Temple Square, Salt Lake Assembly Hall. There is a seagull monument. There is a bronze seagull on the monument and by popular belief it is called the Miracle of the Gulls. You will find two visitors centers. A number of tourist visit the Temple Square tourist attraction. The gardens there hold concerts and other events. During Christmas Temple Square is decorated and the lights on trees and shrubs twinkle like the stars at night. Truly Salt Lake City is full of tourist attractions.

Liberty Park

This is an urban park in Salt City Lake. Liberty Park is the oldest and a popular park. People come here to be within nature and to relax their weary minds. The clean mountain air refreshes them. You will find people bicycling, jogging, playing volleyball and other sports.

Hogle Zoo

Hogle Zoo is the state’s largest zoo. It is at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. It houses animals from different ecosystems. You will see animals like Palla’s cat, snow leopards, mur tigers, harbor seals, sea lions and grizzly bears. These animals are from Asian Highlands and Rocky Shores. The Utah’s Hogle Zoo occupies an area of 42 acres and is a tourist attraction place.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

This is a botanical garden and arboretum in the foothills of the Wasatch Range. It is open to the people year-round and is operated by the University of Utah. It holds a number of events. It has an amphitheater with an outdoor seating capacity of 3,000. It holds concerts screens family night shows etc. The tourist at the Red Butte Garden has a huge lawn, food vendors and merchandise areas. Come here with family and friends to enjoy live music, performances and movies. The Red Butte Creek runs within the northern part of the park. The park blooms with an array of colored flowers, looking pretty and eye-catching. There is a lagoon at the garden. It has a collection of alpine plants, tropical plants, exotic plants, greenhouses and shade houses. Everything about this place attracts tourist.

Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol is situated on a hill. It overlooks downtown Salt Lake City. It occupies an area of over 40 acres. The building has well laid out flowering gardens, lawn shrubs and trees. From the south, you can see cherry trees. The front gives a magnificent view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains.

The gardens around welcome and attract visitors. On the west grounds is a Vietnam Memorial and to the east a monument stands honoring the Mormon Battalion. The building architecture is elegant, and it is made of granite. Utah copper covers the dome of the State Capitol building and visitors will also see 52 Corinthian columns. You will notice beehive, throughout the building as it is Utah’s state symbol. Inside, in the center is a 165 foot tall beautifully painted rotunda with clouds and seagulls.

There are hourly tours from 9am to 4 pm.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

This museum is on the University of Utah campus. It has an extensive display of art works depicting different cultures around the world and also visual arts. It has 20 galleries. The Museum of Fine Arts conducts tours for visitors which are very informative. You will see some eye-catching American Western Photographs at this museum. It is an attraction for the artist in you.

Salt Lake City Public Library

Salt Lake City’s Library is wonderfully designed by Moshe Safdie an internationally acclaimed architect. When you go around the library you notice it’s not only about books, but it also reflects Salt Lake City’s aspirations and imaginations. It is a six-storied building with a walkable wall that meets the public plaza. Here, you will find shops at ground level. On the level above it are reading galleries. As you look out of the buildings southern facade your eyes meet the outstanding mountain views. Do visit the roof-top garden as it gives you 360 degrees view of the Salt Lake City. It has natural lighting systems, and there is quietness around with people reading or working at computers in silence.

Sugar House Park

Sugar House Park is an attraction in the neighborhood of Salt Lake City. This park occupies a central position of 110 acres in the Sugar House area. At this park, you can enjoy watching concerts, firework shows and in winter it turns into a popular sledding location for the tourists. Sugar House Park is a jeweled crown in the Salt Lake Valley. You will feast your eyes with its rolling green space attractions that bewitch you.

Sugar House Park has two entrances of 2100 south at 1400 east and 1500 east for vehicular traffic. The surroundings of the park are enhanced by a pond in its western part. Enjoy a walk on the 16-foot wide walker’s lane or run, bicycle and get trained for cross-country skiing. The children at the park are happy to find two areas set apart only for them at Sugar House Park. The park also houses volleyball courts, a sleigh-riding hill and an amphitheater. In summer, the park is open from 7am to 10pm, and in winter from 7am to 9 pm.

Ensign Peak

Ensign Park is in downtown Salt Lake City. It is a hill peak and is about one mile away north, behind the Utah state Capitol. This peak is a great attraction for easy trail hikers. The hike is enjoyable, and the views from Ensign Peak are simply awesome. You can view the sunny sunset from the back side of the peak. You are thrilled to view the beautiful Salt Lake Valley below and find it heavenly with the cool breeze and city lights twinkling giving it a touch of a fairyland below. Visit Ensign Peak in Fall, Spring and Summer.

Salt Lake City thrills you with its winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. There are eight ski resorts within 80 km of the city. Summer brings in different activities along with it like rock climbing, mountain biking, camping and hiking. The tourists can head for fishing and bathing to the rivers in the Wasatch Mountains. Every moment of tourists to Salt Lake City, Utah is full of attractions and enjoyment.

The Utah Transit Authority operates all public transport in the city like light rail, commuter rail and the bus system which reaches almost everywhere within Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City offers its tourists a wide range of accommodation. There are mountain resorts, and nature lovers can pitch a tent on the camp grounds.

In Salt Lake City, you have a choice of restaurants right for the best dinner restaurants to Health Food, budget cuisines, Vegan restaurants, Mexican type food restaurants and many more. Feast your taste buds as you like.

Shopping in Utah is fun. Go around and buy something that really catches your eyes. Stroll down the Salt Lake City’s quaint little shopping villages, malls, specialty shops, antique collection shops and a lot of others too. Choose Utah art articles, chocolates, trendy Jewelry, watches, gemstones, goodies and put them in your gift basket. Salt Lake City has always attracted the tourists for shopping. If you wish to, then just go and visit Salt Lakes’ shopping and dining destination – City Creek Center. Enjoy in its 12 food courts and shop to your heart’s content at its 100 plus stores all just located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah. Discover Salt Lake City attractions step by step as your vacation unwinds.

Salt Lake City has the Salt Lake International Airport. There are domestic as well as international non-stop flights to certain places across the world. The tourists have the choice of Greyhound Lines bus service and National Passenger Rail System from many cities within USA. You can also avail of Taxi cab services. Salt Lake City has a dry-summer continental climate. The winters are cold and snowy. Leave no stone unturned while in the enchanting Salt Lake City.

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