Salt Lake City
- Area Attractions
- Downtown Walking Tour
- Temple Square
- Free Airport to Temple Square Tour
- The Great Salt Lake
- History of Salt Lake City
Surrounded by mountains that rise to more than 10,000 feet (3,500 meters), Salt Lake City reflects a remarkable combination of history, culture and recreation. Settled in 1847 by pioneers seeking an escape from persecution, the city is the worldwide center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. Salt Lake City's Temple Square can be appreciated by all for its beauty and historical significance, as well as for the religious significance it holds for Mormons. Temple Square is home to the historical Salt Lake City Temple and Tabernacle (home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir). Located nearby are the Family History Library, Museum of History and Art and Beehive House. Each is a living symbol of the industriousness and commitment of the original pioneer settlers.
Mountain vistas with snow-capped peaks and seven year-round resorts within an hour's drive from the city's international airport (and four more a little more than an hour's drive) provide non-stop recreation. In the winter, locals and visitors alike flock to the destination resorts to ski and snowboard. Nearby resorts include Alta, Brighton, The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird, and Solitude. A visit to these or any other Utah resort will lead you to discover that the saying is true - Utah really does boast of the Greatest Snow on Earth. In the summer, the same resorts welcome visitors seeking outdoor adventure or pampering. The resorts offer splendid lodging, outdoor dining, fields lush with wild flowers and more hiking and mountain biking than you could possibly cover over just one visit.
The 2002 International Winter Olympic Games were held in the canyons and resorts close to Salt Lake City. The games were proclaimed by many to be among the greatest ever. Ski and snowboard trails, ice-skating venues, a unique Winter Sports Park and even a State Park were all part of the action. Although the Olympics are over, you can still enjoy a run on some of the same trails used in competition by the Olympic athletes! At the Utah Winter Sports Park you can even ride the bobsled and luge track, and imagine yourself as a world-class competitor.
But Salt Lake is about more than snow and winter adventures. You'll find a large and growing lodging base (including several new luxury hotels), endless shopping (you'll love our malls!), wonderful dining, symphony, opera, ballet, museums, professional sports teams and the University of Utah - and Salt Lake is also the gateway to 10 national parks within a day's drive.
Many visitors first come to Salt Lake on business. Salt Lake City has quickly become one of the nation's premier cities for technological development. Salt Lake City's robust central business district includes the Salt Palace Convention Center, Gallivan Plaza, Clark Planetarium and the Romanesque-styled Salt Lake City and County Building.
Getting around town is easy, with the help of a well-run mass-transit system. Buses and the TRAX light-rail system run regularly, to all major destinations within the Salt Lake valley.
Salt Lake combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the friendliness of a small, Western city. Hosting the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 enhanced the community's profile as a world-class travel destination, while showcasing Salt Lake as an unspoiled, family-friendly destination. Whether you visit for a convention, skiing, shopping, sightseeing, or outdoor recreation, you will find that Salt Lake is the right place in any season. Indeed, all the comforts of home await you in Salt Lake City.
Information courtesy of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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