Salt Lake City Journals

Visiting Salt lake City in Utah

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A May 2011 trip to Salt Lake City by catsholiday

Quote: The first part of our road trip started in Utah. We arrived in Salt Lake City then drove up to visit Antelope Island before moving on to Idaho.

Antelope Island State Park

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Attraction | "Antelope, bison and jack rabbits"

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Antelope island State ParkUtahWHERE IS THIS ISLAND?Antelope Island is in the Great Salt Lake and because of the 11 km causeway from Syracuse on the mainland to the island it is very easily accessible. The Great Salt Lake is as its name says very high in salt content because its only outlet is evaporation. Because of its high salinity few animals can live in the lake apart from the tiny brine shrimp, brine flies and several types of algae. This brine shrimp and brine flies tolerate the salt and feed on the algae which in turn are a highly desirable food to many birds and so the lake shores attract millions of native and migrating birds and this makes it a popular place to bird w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2011

Antelope Island State Park
Great Salt Lake, west of Layton
Salt Lake City, Utah 84075
801 773 2941

Temple Square

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Attraction | "Temple and other buildings"

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CHURCH OFFICE BUILDING:We didn’t really have any interest in seeing in this modern office building but we were advised by our guide at the Conference Center that we could get something to eat at the cafeteria. Actually what we wanted was a coffee but hadn’t realised that this not possible anywhere in temple Square as coffee and tea are considered drugs in the Mormon religion. Anyway we walked all through this huge building down to the cafeteria but it looked really busy so we decided to try elsewhere. It was like any other modern office building but airy, light and once again so clean and shiny.Apparently you get a good view from the 26th floor observation deck but we were hungry and tired and w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2011

Temple Square
50 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 240-4872

Temple Square

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Attraction | "Amazing building"

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THE CONFERENCE CENTER:This enormous rather square building is the newest on the block and as we entered we were offered a guided tour which we accepted. I don’t think you had to be guided but I’m glad we opted for the guide as she was lovely and I found out even more weird and ‘wonderful?’ things about the religion by listening to her. I do know that if you want to visit the roof top garden then you can only go with a guide. I was very disappointed that they were closed on the day we visited because of the heavy rain.This building is HUGE and can seat 21,000 people in the main auditorium and another 850 in a smaller theatre. Besides these two rooms there are a number of conference ro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 19, 2011

Temple Square
50 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 240-4872

Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square

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Attraction | "The Salt Lake Tabernacle"

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THE SALT LAKE TABERNACLE:This is the home of the famous Mormon tabernacle choir and if you are interested in hearing this choir singing them the practice every Thursday evening at 8pm and anyone is welcome to come and listen for as long as they want to and there is no charge at all.This building looks a bit like a shiny slug from the outside with its domed silver roof but it was not designed for its looks but rather for its acoustics. Apparently you can drop a pin at the front of the hall and it can be heard at the back. We were not able to test this as you can’t get right to the front of the hall as it is ribboned off but also we had the joy of sharing our visit to this building wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2011

Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square
50 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
801 240 3221

Temple Square

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Attraction | "The Assembly Hall"

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THE ASSEMBLY HALL:This building is one of the older buildings in the Square and in my view also one of the most attractive in the Square. It looks a bit like a traditional English Church but with 24 extra spires all around the roof line. It also has lovely stained glass windows like a traditional church too. This rather attractive building was constructed between 1877 and 1882 so it was begun before the Temple was finished according to my calculations soothe pioneers didn’t waste any time with their constructions. Although this building was constructed using the same stone as The Temple is looks quite different as this building has stones more roughly carved while the temple has very straight sm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2011

Temple Square
50 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 240-4872

Temple Square

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Attraction | "A Peek inside the Mormon temple"

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A TOURIST ATTRACTION:According to the tourist bumff that is handed out Temple Square is the No 1 tourist attraction in Utah. Some may dispute this as there are some stunning places of natural beauty in Utah such as the Arches National Park but I would agree that in Salt Lake City it is the attraction. It was the reason I wanted to visit Salt Lake City as I had read so much about the history of the Mormons and their unique beliefs that I was intrigued to actually see the place where it all began in earnest.Everything in Temple Square is FREE to enter. Some buildings require that you have a guide while others you can wander around as you like. All around the square you see pairs of usu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2011

Temple Square
50 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 240-4872

Temple Square

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Attraction | "Beautiful Gardens"

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We spent a rather wet day exploring Temple Square when we started our visit to the USA in May this year.The first thing that struck me was not the huge grey stone built temple but rather the beautiful gardens that were all around the Square.The bulbs were all out in the formal beds in the Square but there were parts of the Square that were specifically more garden than paving. The gardens varied from the more formal to the English Cottage style and all around I noticed fabulous hanging baskets and in other parts the plants were more local having plants that coped with the drier climate in Salt Lake City. It is testament to the amazing planting that I noticed all the fabulous pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2011

Temple Square
50 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
(801) 240-4872

SpringHill Suites Salt Lake City Downtown

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Hotel | "A Suite stay in a Salty City"

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LOCATION:We booked this hotel before we left the UK because we knew we would be tired after the journey and wanted to be sure we had somewhere comfortable to stay. In hindsight we should have booked the Marriott downtown which was only a couple of blocks from Temple Square as this was really quite a long walk of a good mile along city streets and as it was pouring with rain we decided we’d take the easy way and took a taxi into the centre. So if you are here to see Temple Square and in reality there is not a lot else then try and get a hotel a little closer if you want to walk. The taxi was not that expensive and came to under $10 each way with a tip.We arrived from the airport in ou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2011

SpringHill Suites Salt Lake City Downtown
625 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
866-539-0036

Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City is the capital city of the state of Utah and has a population of about 186,000. About half the population is now Mormon as opposed to almost 100% in the past. It has become very popular for otdoor winter sports and in 2002 the Winter Olympics were held here.We spent two days in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. I have read a few books recently about the Mormon people and so was quite interested to see the city itself so we decided to start our road trip in Salt Lake City as there were flights to the city. Just in case you were unaware Salt Lake City was founded by Brigham Young way back on July 24th in 1847 with a colony of his followers as they were escaping persecut...Read More