Salt Lake City, Utah, is known for a number of noteworthy, historical and destination acknowledgments. The Winter Olympics made Salt Lake City a prime travel destination in 2002 , and led the area to revitalize in preparation for that international event. With its gorgeous setting between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is a prime destination for travelers interested in outdoor sports of skiing, hiking, biking and climbing.
The capital and largest city of Utah is located in the north-central part of the state near the Great Salt Lake.
Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and many major tourist attractions focus on their history. Brigham Young and his followers settled here in 1847, establishing it as the center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The prominence of the gigantic Temple (built 1853–93) on Temple Square at the city's heart, reflects the Mormon nature of Salt Lake City. Nearby, are the Mormon Tabernacle (opened 1867) and Conference Center (opened 2000).
The Grand America Hotel has views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, the Salt Lake Valley and the Great Salt Lake. Some other choices include: The Inn at Temple Square; and, the Marriott Salt Lake City - Downtown, is a sixteen-story hotel connected to the Crossroads Shopping Mall (opposite Salt Palace and close to the Mormon Temple). The Little America Hotel is an elegant European-style Downtown hotel.
Accommodating restaurants with fine selections are there for the choosing. A few options from the array include: the Rusted Sun Pizzeria, and the Bambara are known as an excellent choices.
The Lugano Restaurant has been distinguished as a top notch choice in Salt Lake City, and Spencer's Restaurant serves American and steakhouse selections.
Salt Lake has an inviting mixture of unique stores and shopping malls. The Historic Trolley Square has 80 unique shops and restaurants in charming trolley-car barns, and is a National Historic Site.
Additional excellent options abound including: Nordstrom - Fashion Place, South Towne Center - Utah’s largest shopping destination, and Crossroads Plaza (across from Historic temple Square).
Temple Square, dominated by a magnificent six-spired temple, the square is the symbolic heart of the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints.
“This is the Place State Park“, is a living historic village that recreates daily the pioneer life between 1847 and 1869. Featured are adobe houses, shops, schools and churches from that time period. The Pioneer Memorial Museum contains memorabilia from the age of the American pioneers.
Written by: Karen J. Lee