Written by catsholiday on 25 May, 2011
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…Read More
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 persecution because of their religious beliefs.Salt Lake City airport is quite small and very quiet so we were quickly out of the airport and heading for the car rental office. Another half hour here and we were on our way with our trusty Tom Tom to guide us we were in the hotel another fifteen minutes later.As we were driving in we were quite surprised at the fact that the city has no high rise buildings to speak of. Most of the city is very low and the streets are the usual wide multi laned jobs but they were pretty quiet. It was most unusual not to be in two or three lanes of packed traffic. I wouldn’t describe the city as attractive as we came in there was the usual light industry and rather unattractive buildings of car sales, machine sales and similar. Around our hotel was the same, the Hilton was nearby and a Starbucks but other than that the buildings could have been for anything at all. This was not the sort of city that you could pop out from the hotel and wander around looking at night life at all.The main area of any interest is the central Temple Square area. This is what most people come to see who are visiting the city. The fact that all the buildings are within three city blocks makes it a very easily accessible on foot for most people. Within this main area you can visit two visitor centres, the Tabernacle, the Salt Lake Temple, The family History Library and the Museum of Church History and Art, the Conference Centre, the Assembly Hall, the Church Administrative Building, the Joseph Smith memorial building, The Bee Hive House and the Lion House both of which were homes of Brigham Young, the founder of the city. There are also parks and a large number of statues and of course the beautiful gardens around the plaza area of the Square.One fantastic thing about visiting any of these places is that they are all free. You can also have a guided tour also free these are optional in some areas but you have to be shown around in both the Bee Hive House and the Conference Centre building if you want to go up to the roof gardens which were unfortunately closed because of the rain on the day we went. Everywhere you go within the Temple Square area you are welcome to take photos and all the local guides are very friendly, so happy and wanting to chat to you, obviously trying to encourage you into their beliefs but they also chat about where they are from and other things too so you can politely avoid being converted.I plan to write in more detail about the places in Temple Square as they are so fascinating so I have only touched on them in this general review of Salt Lake City.Apart from the Mormon places of interest what else is there to do in Salt Lake City? Well it is mainly a winter tourist destination as there are many ski resorts in the Wasatch Mountains surrounding the city. The mountains and the canyon areas in the immediate area are quite beautiful and while we were there they were still snow capped but probably not snowy enough for skiing though. We drove up beside then through the mountains all the way through to Idaho until Montpelier where we stopped for the night.Salt Lake City is indeed built very close to the shores of the Great Salt Lake. This lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi and because it has no outlet its only method of losing water is through evaporation it is very high in salinity so not much lives in the lake apart from tiny brine shrimp. Water flows into the lake from four main rivers which carry about 2.2 million tons of minerals into the lake each year. The lake salinity varies from 4% to 28% depending on the minerals brought in by the rivers; the ocean in comparison is 3% salinity so this is a very salty lake.The lake is a remnant of the once huge Lake Bonneville which covered 20,000 square miles during the Ice age. The Great Salt Lake today covers an area of 1,700 square miles and it is 75 mies long and 28 miles wide. The deepest part of the lake is 33 feet so it isn’t a very deep lake at all but it does vary depending on rainfall and the season.The lake is used as a beach by the local people of the city and there is also a large Island called Antelope Island which is reached by a seven mile long causeway and is a State national park used for camping and recreation by the people of the area too. We did visit this island and I will be writing a separate review about the island at some stage.While in Salt Lake City you can have a drink of the locally brewed ‘Polygamy Porter’ with the tagline ‘Why just have one?’ as a tongue in cheek comment on the now illegal practice of polygamy carried out by the Mormons in past times. This Park City Wasatch Brewery also have a root beer called Brigham’s brew which tasted much the same as other root beer but it is nice to try the local stuff.Within the city there are several nice looking parks but as it was pouring with rain we didn’t feel inclined to explore these much. There are supposed to be a number of shopping centres but as we were walking around they were not immediately obvious but we were not specifically looking for them either. The city was having a major facelift in the centre and as a result several roads were blocked off and parts of the city were also covered in scaffolding and not accessible.Utah was previously a state with very strict liquor laws. They have now eliminated the law that allowed you to only drink in private clubs but you still have to be over 21 and show ID if you look near that age but they are not the only state with this law. This means that you can have a drink in a bar and you can buy liquor from a liquor store provided you are over 21.I am sure there are other places of interest if you are staying in the area but this is not somewhere I would necessarily say you must visit. I was interested to see the city built by these pioneering people in the late 1800s and a couple of days fitted the bill for me. We found the city easy to get around and the people delightfully friendly and wanting to held in any way possible. There are certainly more attractive and more interesting cities in the USA but if you are the area I do think it is worth a visit simply to be mind blown by the Temple these people built with very basic tools in the middle of nowhere at that time. It is also a fascinating experience to learn more about the beliefs of the Mormon followers. Close
Written by theBlacks on 10 Nov, 2003
Everyone knows SLC (as it is called by the locals) is the closest airport to the most national parks, the closest airport to the most ski resorts, and the closest airport to the most superlative natural scenery in the world. And way too many…Read More
Everyone knows SLC (as it is called by the locals) is the closest airport to the most national parks, the closest airport to the most ski resorts, and the closest airport to the most superlative natural scenery in the world. And way too many people don't even see the city in their hurry to recreate. On the map, SLC appears to be just another city between Denver and Las Vegas: however, SLC is on the map for only one reason—history.
The history is simple: a dry, salty waste ignored by natives, explorers, and settlers alike until the largest religious migration in recent history built a city to their God. There is no SLC without the Mormons--never was, and never could have been. Those who so cavalierly overlook or ignore (or even degrade) the religion, miss the whole city. And truth to tell, most tourists miss it, perhaps because it is perched so squarely in the middle of everything desirable. Every other block sports a monument to one idea--that people can rise above anything they ever thought possible before. The floral gardens and city parks are a bold contradiction of the weather and soil. Nothing should grow in that arid, alkaline clay, but the cherries are superior to Maryland, and the apples are superior to Washington. The city rests beside a huge lake, but no one lives near it. Property values on the lake are zero. Only tourists go there, and they leave quickly.
The Mormon Temple is so solidly built that it alone of all current buildings in the USA is likely to be there when some archaeologist begins digging into the history of the American Empire in 4004 AD. Furthermore, it is the key building of the Neo-Gothic style of architecture, and is considered to be the finest work of architectural art in this nation. But it was designed by its builders only to honor God. The rest is gravy. Locals do not appreciate it. Visitors do not understand it.
The city was the first of any in the USA to give women the right to vote. It was the first to create broad streets, landscape them, and keep them utterly clean--which now draws so many compliments, but which was merely religion applied to cities. Wander through the pioneer museums and you waste your time. The visitor sees "old stuff," devoid of context, and realizes he’d rather be skiing. The Mormon sees legacy—suffering—conquest against all odds, and feels a certain vindication. Neither sees history. History is better seen in the homes, churches, and especially the cemeteries—whose lawns stay green in the driest summer. Salt Lake is far too large to walk, yet cannot be seen clearly in any other way. Walk the residential streets and talk to the old folks. The people often smile.
Walking SLC is living in history—a well-manicured, well-mannered, peaceful, unassuming, sprawling, small, homey place where one can sense something deeper, something elusive yet beautiful, where one can stand with a foot in the 1800s and another in the 2100s. Nestled in the mountains, the city stretches for the heavens. When a long-absent native son returns, he sees that which never was, and that which cannot be, but which, fortunately, is.
Written by petterbroklin on 13 Nov, 2008
SALT LAKE city is the capital of UTAH. It is largest city in Utah State. There are so many Rocky Mountains located so its climate also a rocky mountains. It’s a most visited place in winter and summer. If you love skiing then visited in…Read More
SALT LAKE city is the capital of UTAH. It is largest city in Utah State. There are so many Rocky Mountains located so its climate also a rocky mountains. It’s a most visited place in winter and summer. If you love skiing then visited in winter and if you want some other things to do like surfing, water activities then visited in summer, In both of seasons you can watch there more crowd and rush everywhere like hotels, banks of lake, things to do spots and more places. But its cool and beautiful place for spending holidays. Its also valley is so adventure and so extraordinary. Hiking lover visited that place in every season. If you visited his top mountains then you can watch his beautiful views. It’s a thing to do city, I think. Salt lake city is well known as centre of church of Jesus of latter day saints. Mostly of the people of this city are member this organizations. If you visited then you feel so peace in your mind. I know god make everything’s and if you come there home then you feel so peace like that place. There are 190,000 people located in this city. There so many ski resorts and hotels situated. I love his hotels and resorts because they mostly cheap hotels discount hotels and cheap resorts are located at great and peaceful area also front of lake water. Windows view in the morning so sensational, Last year in January I went there and enjoyed much more with fishing, skiing, and cheapest hotels indoor and outdoor activities. In every year I visited number of city then first of all I reserved our hotels at best location with help of some travel sites. All reserved hotels are so cheap and give much more offer if I reserved his hotels rooms. If you visited and take his services then you faith my word. Three times I went there. All time I get more new experiences. No hotels rooms available in Christmas time or New Year time so I went there in January. Whatever I enjoyed so much time there. This city is famous for his snowfalls, lights, and his dreaded lake effects. Heavy snowfalls cover the mountains every years, many visitor come there for watching fluffy snowfalls and its time for skiing. On the other hand, summer most activities, for instance camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, fishing; boating, etc are also popular activities, as the mountains around Salt Lake City provide outdoor occasions of all kinds. Still I want to watch the snow falls so I went there in winter. Last two times I was visited in summer. But I think winter season is so poor for travel because in this season temperature (-4 to 10 degree C).But I understand this winter season so I can’t visited in January but this trip was not bad for my friend and me, I enjoyed much more at there. When temperature went to 10 degree then I went to for activities near the area. I enjoyed snowfalls watching. It’s so sensational time in my life. Everywhere snow cover every thing, many people and visitor enjoyed with skiing. In our whole trip some time we enjoyed in hotels rooms with adventure of climate, when temperature goes to ok then going for activities. However, we are going to number of time to watch some great famous place and restaurant for ate some great and delicious meals. The Pie Pizzeria, Bambara, Blue Plate Diner, Market Street Grill are so delicious meal produced to visitors. I liked these places. But my best time is ice fishing at Salt Lake City. Number of people digs the snow over the lake and drop the fishing rode in to whole and waiting for some time and you get fish if you are lucky. I was there for check my luck. My friend and me was digging snow and drop our rode. Waiting there some hours but nothing fish I caught. But enjoyed with some little wine with talk there. About 3 hours my friend rode and my rode fish pulling our rode and then we understand fish caught on our rode, remove it and drop in fishing cart. At late 3 o clock I went to our hotels because in every climate always change. Enjoyed the fish dish in dinner with wine. Whole trip gave to us a great enjoyment, I enjoyed there ice fishing, hiking, watching some great places, some great restaurant meal and so on. I get some other experience as compare to other times. Close
Written by samepenny on 22 Oct, 2007
One of my strongest opinions is about the need for public art in cities. Salt Lake City has a vast selection of works of art on sidewalks, sides of buildings and in the lobby areas of buildings open to the public during business hours.…Read More
One of my strongest opinions is about the need for public art in cities. Salt Lake City has a vast selection of works of art on sidewalks, sides of buildings and in the lobby areas of buildings open to the public during business hours. There are also the massive and very important areas such as Temple Square which hosts millions of visitors a year and it has monuments and statues for all visitors to see and enjoy.I visited Salt Lake City in June, one of the hottest Junes on record. I had to walk from my hotel to my meetings and found the public art a refreshing way to cover the long blocks in the bright sunlight. Bravo Salt Lake City for doing such a fine job with public art and art for the public.Fair warning: in summer in Salt Lake City is very easy to get overheated and dried out. Be careful as you go, use a lot of sunscreen, wear a hat, use an umbrella and rest often.One of the best locations to view public art for free is in the lobby of the Wells Fargo Bank Building at 299 South Main St. The art is dedicated to Olympic competitions as well as having a Wells Fargo Stage Coach on display. Other areas for strong public art is Temple Square which has beautiful buildings which glow in the sunlight and it has very interesting and moving statues. My long time favorite (I'm a frequent visitor to Salt Lake City) is the Monument to the Pioneers in Temple Square which is generally known as the Handcart Monument as it is in memory and in honor of those pioneers who walked to Salt Lake City from across North America while pulling and pushing crudely built handcarts with all their food and possessions on them. It always brings me to tears and my grandparents were western pioneers.There is much to do and see in Salt Lake City that doesn't cost money. Take advantage of this and enjoy your visit. Close
Written by AnaMH on 19 Nov, 2000
The homes of Mormon Church president Brigham Young are the Beehive House and the Lion House (67 E south Temple). The two houses are next door to each other and housed the very large Young family. There are tours available for both houses. It was…Read More
The homes of Mormon Church president Brigham Young are the Beehive House and the Lion House (67 E south Temple). The two houses are next door to each other and housed the very large Young family. There are tours available for both houses. It was a very pleasant tour. The Lion House offers lunch and dinner but I have made it for either.
Eagle Gate, once served to mark the entrance to Brigham Young’s estate, had to be relocated to make for better traffic roads and flow.
The Brigham Young Monument is just east of Temple Square. This large statue was erected in 1897.
Written by bananasaregreen on 07 Jul, 2006
Trax is the commuter rail system in Salt Lake City. It begins at the Commuter Hub downtown and has numerous stops including the EnergySolutions Arena, Temple Square, and downtown main street. The line runs throughout Salt Lake all the way down to Sandy. There…Read More
Trax is the commuter rail system in Salt Lake City. It begins at the Commuter Hub downtown and has numerous stops including the EnergySolutions Arena, Temple Square, and downtown main street. The line runs throughout Salt Lake all the way down to Sandy. There is also a branch up to the University of Utah. It was a very fun and easy way to get around Salt Lake! They even have a free fare zone in which all riding is free. The trains are clean, and heated/air conditioned and run every 15 minutes. They recently introduced the tap on tap off system in which credit or debit cards can be tapped on the electronic ticketing system and it automatically calculates the correct fare to charge. Tickets are on the honor system but they have random checks for them. Some tickets bought for Trax will also work on the bus system and vice versa. Check their website for schedules and route maps.
Written by traveldiva2005 on 25 Aug, 2005
For some, a trip to Salt Lake City is a religious pilgrimage to visit the Mormon temples. It is a beautiful experience for anyone, whether you are LDS or not. Christmas is an especially eventful time to see the entire area decorated with…Read More
For some, a trip to Salt Lake City is a religious pilgrimage to visit the Mormon temples. It is a beautiful experience for anyone, whether you are LDS or not. Christmas is an especially eventful time to see the entire area decorated with Christmas lights. Since 2002, tourists can also visit the historic Olympic arenas and torch. It is an experience like no other.
If you are the adventurous type, get out your skis. Utah has the "greatest snow on Earth." Ski resorts such as Brighton, Alta, or Snowbird will cater to your every need. You will not be disappointed!
Written by mmhicks on 27 Nov, 2001
While in Salt Lake City, plan to spend a couple of hours at Trolley Square. The converted Trolley warehouse and repair depot is now a collection of unique local artisan shops and restaurants.
Designers and artists display their goods in shops inside the…Read More
While in Salt Lake City, plan to spend a couple of hours at Trolley Square. The converted Trolley warehouse and repair depot is now a collection of unique local artisan shops and restaurants.
Designers and artists display their goods in shops inside the large shopping areas. Glassware, ceramics, and sculptures from the local artists make great souvenirs.
Plan to go around lunch time and sample some of the dining opportunities, including small cafes and a Brazilian style rotisserie buffet.
Trolley Square has ample free parking very close to the shops.
Written by Chuckk on 01 Sep, 2001
Leaving Salt Lake City toward Nevada is a long and tedious drive. The lake seems to run forever over the desert colored hills and flat lands. You can drive at 85 mph, since the speed limit is 75 mph. Along the lake which is solid…Read More
Leaving Salt Lake City toward Nevada is a long and tedious drive. The lake seems to run forever over the desert colored hills and flat lands. You can drive at 85 mph, since the speed limit is 75 mph. Along the lake which is solid white salt, you see names and initals of those who have stopped to leave their mark with rocks & stones near the dirt path along highway 80. Pictures attached were taken by Allyson, my daughter, while I was speeding at 85 mph. Next stop...Bonneville Flats. Close
The Great Salt lake is 20 minutes west of SLC and a great place to visit. We got to see a sunset over the lake, and I must say it was gorgeous. The sky was lit with so many colors in so many shades. The…Read More
The Great Salt lake is 20 minutes west of SLC and a great place to visit. We got to see a sunset over the lake, and I must say it was gorgeous. The sky was lit with so many colors in so many shades. The lake is huge! It is 92 miles long and 48 miles wide. It is a bird watcher’s paradise since so many birds are found in the area. It is a stoping point for many species on their annual migratory routes between Canada and South America. They come to feed off the algae and microscopic brine shrimp, which are about the only things that can leave in the lake. We entered the area via Great Lakes State Park at the Saltair Beach area. We lounged, picnicked and watched the seagulls play until sunset. There is a marina, which has public restrooms. Close