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Crossroads of the West

Surrounded by spectacular mountains, gorgeous canyons and incredible scenic views – not to mention proximity to the “The Greatest Snow on Earth” TM - Salt Lake City is mecca for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, residents can easily visit ski resorts in the winter and enjoy hiking, rafting and cycling in the summer.

Outside the city limits, adventure beckons, but inside, adventures of a different sort await. Celebrity chefs, world class performing arts and an array of museums - hallmarks of a city twice the size of Salt Lake City, coexist with stately Victorian mansions, historic districts and cozy neighborhoods. Farm to table restaurants and dynamic nightclubs round out a city that juxtaposes West Coast laid back attitude with East Coast style.

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Salt Lake City Skyline. (Photo by Douglas Pulsipher)

History

Salt Lake City was founded by Mormon pioneers hoping to practice their religion in peace. Within days of settling the Salt Lake Valley, they began tilling the soil and drawing up plans for a city, the centerpiece of which was to be the Salt Lake Temple. Converts to the church swelled the population but it was the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point that put Salt Lake City on the map. Irish Catholics, Chinese railroad workers and Gold Rush 49er’s decided to call Salt Lake City home, changing it from a Mormon enclave to the diverse and exciting city it is today.

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The international symbol of the Mormon Church, the spires of the Salt Lake Temple rise amid downtown high-rises and super malls.

Getting Around

Salt Lake City is laid out on a grid system, the center of which is Temple Square. The streets are named for their directional distance from the Salt Lake Temple. Street numbers increase by 100 for every block, so one block south of the Temple would be 100 South, and 2 blocks east of the Temple would be 200 East. There is ample public transportation available, via bus, light rail (TRAX), high speed rail (FrontRunner) and Bike Share.

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Salt Lake City’s sophisticated light rail system, TRAX, is a convenient way to explore all Salt Lake City has to offer.

Areas of Interest and Things to Do

When it comes to things to do in Salt Lake City, the possibilities are endless. Explore the city’s unique history with a stop at Temple Square or trace your genealogical roots at the Family History Library, take in a show, browse a museum; whatever your interests, Salt Lake City delivers.

Attractions- Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Family History Center, Hogle Zoo, Clark Planetarium, Cathedral of the Madeleine, The Place Heritage Park

Museums – Natural History Museum of Utah, Pioneer Memorial Museum, The Leonardo Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Discovery Gateway

Performing Arts – Ballet West, Utah Symphony and Opera, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Capitol Theatre, Off Broadway Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Salt Lake

Sports – Utah Jazz, Real Salt Lake Soccer, Utah Grizzlies, Salt Lake Bees

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This Allosaurus and 29 other dinosaur skeletons are on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah’s architecturally stunning building, located in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range.

Outdoor Adventures

Towering sandstone monoliths, red rock spires, deep canyons and sheer cliffs are only a few hours’ drive from Salt Lake City. With 5 national and 21 state parks you can hike, camp, backpack and bike to your heart’s content.

National Parks - Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Zion

State Parks – Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley, Kodachrome Basin

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Utah’s many state and national parks offer opportunities to hike, backpack and climb surrounded by stunning natural beauty. (Photo by Eric Schramm)

The Greatest Snow on Earth

From December to March more than 500 inches of dry, powdery snow a year falls on the Wasatch Mountain Range, and Salt Lake City is only minutes away. From the challenging slopes at Snowbird to the family friendly vibe at Solitude, Utah’s ski resorts cater to a wide range of ages and ability levels. Don’t ski or snowboard? No problem. Salt Lake City’s Olympic legacy includes world class ice skating facilities, and cross country ski courses.  

Resorts - Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude                                                
Facilities – Olympic Park, Utah Olympic Oval, Soldier Hallow

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Locals know that the Alta Ski area, located on top of Little Cottonwood Canyon offers ski enthusiasts deep powder, challenging runs and beautiful panoramic views. (Photo by Richard Cheski)

Shopping / Dining / Night Life

Stodgy and conservative Salt Lake City is not. Its ethnically diverse neighborhoods are brimming with farm to table restaurants, cozy boutiques, and lively nightclubs.
Start the day with shopping at City Creek Center, or get your hipster glasses on and browse the boutiques in the 9th and 9th area. Afterwards, enjoy the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Finish the night off with a hand crafted beer at Red Rock Brewing Company or a sophisticated cocktail at Kristauf’s Martini Bar. Yes, you can get a drink in Utah.   

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Salt Lake City’s nightlife features dynamic clubs, handcrafted beer and cocktails and a vibrant music scene. (Photo by Eric Schramm)

Economic Development

Tourism and conventions makes up a substantial portion of the Salt Lake City economy. It is also home to a number of local, state and federal government agencies. Not surprisingly the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a significant employer but many financial institutions such as Discover Card have a presence there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The World Trade Center at City Creek is a symbol of Salt Lake City’s growing international presence and business friendly community.

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