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Salt Lake City

An iconic choir and legendary lake greet visitors

From the top of 5,417-foot-tall Ensign Peak northwest of town, hikers get a panoramic view of Salt Lake City. In the distance, massive snow-capped mountains dominate the horizon. The gleaming white buildings of the city fill the valley below. The hills and open spaces beyond town offer exciting landscapes for outdoor recreation, while the metropolitan area is home to arts and entertainment opportunities, creating an oasis in the western wilderness.

Lake of Wonders

Salt Lake City’s namesake, the Great Salt Lake, is a fascinating habitat to explore. Quite different from regular lakes, this endless desert sea is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere. The marshlands and islands in and around the water provide refuge for wildlife, and several sanctuaries and preserves protect the surrounding terrain, offering quiet places to explore the flora and fauna. Bison and antelope can be observed in the grasslands of Antelope Island State Park (a peninsula on the lake’s south shore), which is also a hub for outdoor recreation. Here, you discover just how boyant you are in in the salt-rich waters, take a sunset cruise or explore the landscape on horseback.


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From manicured parks and gardens to expansive wild spaces, visitors find a lot to explore in the great outdoors in and around the city. Liberty Park and the 100-acre Red Butte Garden and Arboretum are popular spots for those who like their wilderness tamed, while the more adventurous head out to the mountains. The Big Cottonwood Canyon area is a favorite, with picture-perfect views of rugged peaks, towering pines, and pristine lakes.

Spectacular Temple

Known as the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City attracts many visitors to sites associated with the church. However, one does not need to be a member to appreciate the architecture of the historic Salt Lake Temple (constructed in the 1890s) or the exquisite music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Known for its impressive collection of genealogical records, the Family History Library is a top attraction for those wishing to learn about their ancestors. With these sites and more, Temple Square draws more visitors than anyplace else in Utah.


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From its past to its present, the history of Salt Lake City can be explored at several locations across town. The imposing Utah State Capital is a must-see. Visitors will marvel at the art, architecture, and history found here. To learn about the region’s natural geology, head to the Natural History Museum of Utah. You will be impressed by the interesting design of the building’s exterior as well as the extraordinary exhibits found inside. Finally, sports fans will want to explore the sites and museums related to the city’s role in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

After a busy day exploring all that this city offers, take advantage of Salt Lake City’s epic food scene. From quirky food trucks to gourmet restaurants with top chefs, you can eat your way through the city and never run out of interesting options. Don’t forget to grab a drink while in town, as coffee shops and brewpubs offer up local concoctions, as well.

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