Salt Lake City Area Attractions
Salt Lake's cultural amenities rival cities twice its size. From the city's earliest days, a high priority has been placed on the arts. The nation's first State Arts Council was organized in Utah in 1899. Once established, theaters were built as quickly as churches. Today, Salt Lake is home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and boasts its own symphony, ballet, theater, opera, and modern dance companies. Monthly gallery strolls are conducted to showcase the city's many art galleries, including Artspace and the Leftbank, areas which have become Salt Lake's own "SoHo."
Salt Lake has hundreds of restaurants and brewpubs as well as dance clubs and private bars. Several downtown parks and plazas house free concerts and community festivals in summer months and ice-skating rinks during the winter. Salt Lake is home to the NBA's Utah Jazz, 1997 and 1998 Western Conference Champions. Salt Lake is also home to Major League Soccer, professional baseball, hockey, and AFL football teams.
Temple Square, the symbolic heart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is Salt Lake's biggest tourist attraction. Free concerts of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and beautifully landscaped grounds make this 10-acre block an impressive site. Other city-based attractions include the largest genealogical library in the world, Clark Planetarium, restored pioneer homes, Hogle Zoo, galleries, and the Utah State Capitol building.
Salt Lake is also a western oasis for shoppers who crave selection, quality and unusual shopping experiences. Two major indoor shopping malls sit in the heart of the city. For visitors who want something special, Salt Lake offers Trolley Square, a block of enclosed trolley barns dating back to the 19th century filled with exclusive boutiques. Gardner Historic Village offers dozens of shops in buildings that date back to pioneer times clustered around Archibald's Mill, once owned by a famous Mormon Polygamist.
Salt Lake City is home to the University of Utah, with its accompanying Health Sciences Center, Research Park, Red Butte Arboretum, and art and natural history museums. Westminster College is another fine educational institution located on the east side of the city.
The seven canyons that flow into the city center provided water to Mormon pioneers who settled here in 1846. Today, the canyons provide a convenient release for Salt Lake's modern citizens. In the spring, the canyons are filled with wild flowers and impromptu waterfalls. During summer months, hiking, fishing, biking, rock climbing, boating, and picnicking are just minutes from the heart of downtown. A blaze of gold, red and orange erupts on canyon walls in the fall. In the winter, locals and visitors flock to seven ski resorts less than an hour away to experience some of Utah's white gold. Daily sunshine, low humidity and refreshing mountain breezes combine to offer a comfortable climate year round.
The city is also the gateway to ten national parks, including Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, and Zion; seven national monuments, and nine national forests, all within a day's drive. America's dead sea, the Great Salt Lake offers sailing and nightly dinner cruises, while Wendover, Nevada, and the halls of gambling are only 90 minutes away.
For more information about area attractions, contact the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. Information courtesy the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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