Utah State Capital: SALT LAKE CITY
Founded by Mormon settlers led by Brigham Young in 1847, Salt Lake City was originally called “City of the Great Salt Lake,” after the nearby Great Salt Lake. The word “Great” was officially dropped from the city’s name in 1868. The city’s eponymous lake, meanwhile, was named by explorer John C. Fremont—the same explorer who named Carson River, after which Nevada’s capital is named.
Utah State Capitol: We took a fun walk around the State capital and found it was really a neat place. The grounds are well kept, people are having fun, and it’s a beautiful place. Much as the US Capitol building dominates the D.C. Sight lines, the Utah State Capitol bldg sits atop State Street and offers an amazing view of the sprawling SLC region from the hill. The building was open and the inside is just as amazing – recommend walking up to it to get in some steps/burn some calories you that can add on later during your visit to SLC! A tour with a very knowledgeable guide who explained the history and shows you the old supreme court, the House of Representative and the Senate etc. is well worth it. Also, the foundations are interesting as it has been built to survive a fairly substantial earthquake. Recommended.
Natural History Museum of Utah: This is a world class museum to learn about the geology and life history of Utah, as well as special exhibits. You can also see the continuing, extensive research going on there. Views from areas such as the cafe are also outstanding. One of the best dinosaur museum; very detailed exhibition. The Viking exhibit at the museum is very interesting, amazed at what they used for tools and the jewelry!
Big Cottonwood Canyon: Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. Less than 30 minutes from downtown SLC, the drive up the canyon makes for a nice escape to nature. The drive itself is beautiful, with amazing rock formations the first few miles, followed by wildflowers, waterfalls, and green meadows. There are many places along the way to pull over for better views and to get some great photos. There are some amazing hiking trails and some nice spots to simply sit, relax, and take in nature. The drive takes you to Solitude Resort, then to Brighton Resort, about two miles further up the road, where the canyon ends. During the summer, I highly recommend taking the drive-up Guardsman’s Pass, which is an incredibly scenic drive that takes you up to the backside of Jupiter Bowl at Park City, then down into the Deer Valley Resort area. At the top of the pass, there’s a small dirt parking lot, where you can park and spend some time taking in the amazing views. If you want to stand at the top of Jupiter Bowl and look back over Park City, there is a small dirt road that curves up the hill across the street. It’s about a 1/4-mile uphill walk, but it’s relatively easy and you’ll be rewarded with some terrific views.
If you’re short on time, the drive up and back through Big Cottonwood Canyon will take less than two hours round trip from downtown SLC, assuming no stops along the way. If you have several hours, it’s well worth making the Guardsman’s Pass drive, then exploring Deer Valley and Park City before returning to SLC via I-80.
The Tabernacle: it was explained that this organ contained several thousand flutes! it is majestic and sounds great. it is in a building structure that was built by bridge engineer that impressively built the building in such a manner that allowed anyone on the podium to lecture without the assistance of a microphone. you can hear a pin drop. If you can catch the choir practice sessions at the tabernacle, you love it. Or even the organist recitals are so very nice. Most downtown hotels offer a shuttle there. Originally built in 1867, it had over 700 pipes and was powered by hand-pump bellows. Later it was converted to water power, and now it’s powered with electricity.
Salt Lake Acting Company: Salt Lake Acting Company is an amazing place! Great, 1st class, entertainment is what you get there. Never do I walk away feeling like I shouldn’t have gone. Once you see one of their shows you will be an instant fan. The theater is small, making the production that much more intimate and special. The actors were top notch – even with an audience of kids! This is a highly recommended Acting Company if you’re in the mood for theater in SLC.
Wheeler Historic Farm: this unique, historic and beautiful gem in the middle of the fast-growing Salt Lake Valley. It is a great place for families, dogs and I believe there is a farmer’s market there now too. Amazing to find such a rural throwback to the pioneer days, with many farm animals, in the middle of this metropolis. Lots of buildings, trucks, tractors, farm equipment, ponds, trees, etc. On Sunday, they have the Farmers Market where you can buy local produce and other things like breads, tamales, and other variations of goods. It’s a great place to spend some time with family or friends.
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