There are many historic places to see in Salt Lake City, and these are some of them –

  • Visitor Information Center- 90 S. West Temple and also at the Airport too.
  • Temple Square – 50 W. North Temple in the City Center. Here you will find the massive Salt Lake Temple with its six spires on top; the dome top Tabernacle home to the famous Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir; Assembly Hall; Statue of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
  • Museum of Church History and Art – 45 N. West Temple. Showcasing the history of the Mormon church and artworks from 1847 to the present day.
  • Joseph Smith Memorial Building – cnr South Temple and Main Street – where you can see films of early Mormon history and also a Family Search to trace family histories. There are also restaurants including www.cialisgeneriquefr24.com the Roof Garden with views over Temple Square and the spires. They look good in the daytime, and even better at night.
  • The Lion House – 63 E. South Temple – a home built by Brigham Young dating back to 1855, where the Pantry Restaurant is now located.
  • The Beehive House – 67 E. South Temple. This is where Brigham Young lived with his wives, and it is open to the public to see through and learn about his life and times.
  • Social Hall Heritage Museum – 39 S. State Street. In the museum you can see part of the original building and theater that was once here
  • Capital Theatre – 50 West 200 South – was built in 1912 and now used by Ballet West, the Utah Opera Company , Children’s Dance Theatre and other performances during the year. See capitaltheatresaltlakecity.com
  • Abravanel Hall – 123 W. South Temple is where the Utah Symphony Orchestra performs.
  • Salt Palace Convention Center – West Temple. See www.saltpalace.com to see what is showing in this huge convention center space.
  • Clark Planetarium – Wet Seal, 110 S 400 West – has cosmic light shows and also an IMAX Theater.
  • Natural History Museum of Utah – 301 Wakara Way (See nhmu.utah.org – where you can get to see and understand more about weather, life, people, the earth, past and present worlds.
  • Hogle Zoo – See hoglezoo.org 2600 East Sunnyside Avenue – 42 acres of grounds with over 800 animals to see. Next door at 2601 is Heritage Park – where Brigham Young first declared that “This is the place” in 1847. A statue marks the spot and occasion.
  • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum – 300 Wakara Way at the University of Utah. Here you will find the Botanical Garden in the 100 acres of grounds, including an open air stage where many performances take place during the year. See redbuttegarden.org
  • The Leonardo – see theleonardo.org 209 East 500 South is named in honor of Leonardo di Vinci and has interactive activities built around arts, science and technology.
  • Cathedral of the Madeleine – the Catholic Cathedral established in 1909 is located at 331 East South Temple.
  • Bonneville Salt Flats – are 122 miles west towards Reno in Nevada on H’wy 80 near the small town of Wendover. This is where they set world speed records, and to see when and what’s on visit saltflats.com
  • Hill Aerospace Museum – 36 miles north of Salt Lake City at 7961 Wardleigh Rd (Exit 338 off Interstate 15. (See hill.af.mil/librry/museum Tel: 801 777 6818. Here you can see over 90 aircraft and lots of US Air Force memorabilia, photos and other material.

Salt Lake City is almost cradled between the high Wasatch Range of mountains on one side and the Great Salt Lake on the other, which means that it is very close to the snow and ski resorts in the Mountains and at the same time close to the lake which has other attractions –

  • Great Salt Lake – is a land locked lake around 75 miles long and 35 miles wide – its size varying according to the amount of water it receives from the 3 rivers that feed into it and evaporation levels. The lake has a high level of salt, and on the north east end solar evaporation ponds are used to mine the salt for sale. While there are nine islands in the Lake, the most popular one is Antelope Island – 41 miles north of Salt Lake City (Exit 332 off Interstate 15) is also a Park area for hiking, biking, horseback riding, sailing, kayaking, bird watching and camping. The island, which is 15 miles long and 5 miles wide has free roaming Bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and many bird species that come to the island and nearby wetland areas. The Fielding Garr ranch established in 1848 is also here too. To go horse riding and book Tel: 888 878 8002. The best beach for sunbathing and swimming is Bridget Bay Beach which has Oolitic sand on the beach. With so much salt in the water, it makes it easy to float in the water, which feels quite different to normal river or ocean swimming too.
  • Lagoon Amusement Park and Pioneer Village – 375 N. Lagoon Drive, Farmington (about 17 miles from Salt Lake City). Tel: (801) 451 8000. This is a big water park with lots of rides and water slides. There is also a Pioneer Village here too – with 42 restored village houses and shops.
  • Bear Lake – is about 122 miles north of Salt Lake City straddling both sides of the border between Utah and Idaho. The big fresh water turquoise colored lake is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide with a depth of 208 feet. It is a great place for fishing, jet skis, sailing and other water sports in the summer, but sometimes freezes over in the winter. Beaver ski lodge is just 15 minutes or so from the lakeside and snowmobiles and in summer ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) can take you exploring. There are great places to stay around the lake and nearby is Minnetonka Cave to explore too.

Ski Resorts –
There are four main groups of ski resorts and slopes all close to Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains –

  • Little Cottonwood – Alta and Snowbird
  • Big Cottonwood – Brighton and Solitude
  • Park City (3500 acres and 8 mountains peaks) – The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley (4 summits) and Gorgoza
  • Snowbasin – Powder Mountain, Snowbasin (where the 2002 Winter Olympics downhill and Super G were run)
  • AND others include Sundance and Beaver Mountain.

All of these ski fields and resorts are relatively close to Salt Lake City, and Farmington in Davis County, and it is easy to book ski packages with both accommodation and skiing included, and there are also lodges and Mountain Resorts to stay in too.

In the summer time, the snow skiing may not be there, but remnants of snow will still be seen, and of course this makes the mountains great for biking and treks as well as rock climbing and bouldering. There are a number of locations where you can do that.

Happy Travelling!
Geoff Stuart

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