Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountain Range and the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City offers various recreational activities, outdoor enthusiast destinations, shopping, entertainment, and food. Although Salt Lake City is small compared to other American cities (population just over 180,000), people come from all over the country and the world to experience all that the popular city has to offer. Although there are many things to do and see throughout your visit, here is a list of 10 things that are popular and available to you:
Temple Square is center to the Mormon religion, but it is much more than a religious attraction. Found within the three-block plaza are 20 attractions full of history, architecture, and dining. For example, visitors love to see the Salt Lake Temple, a beautiful structure that was constructed over forty years and includes beautiful landscape and detail. The Tabernacle is home to the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the world's largest organ of 11,623 pipes. Additionally, the Family History Library allows visitors access to the world's largest collection of genealogical records and resources where hours can be spent researching family history and ancestry.
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Whether or not you are interested in books, the SLC Public Library may be worth your time. Located downtown, the library holds over 500,000 books and lots of places for reading. The library offers stunning architecture, friendly staff, on-site dining, and a Library Square full of shops, cafes, and gardens. Visit the library's website for more information.
Salt Lake is home to many landscapes, scenery, parks, and wildlife for all outdoor enthusiasts. The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi, and many visitors enjoy the boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities it provides. Ensign Peak offers a breathtaking view of the city and surrounding area. One more example is the Big Cottonwood Canyon which has two popular ski resorts, trails for hiking and biking, and rock climbing.
Liberty Park is the oldest park in Salt Lake, and it contains 80 acres of greenery, a large pond, athletic courts and fields, and 1.5 miles of trails. Additionally, Liberty Park is home to the Tracy Aviary, which features 135 species of birds, and the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is home to 169 runs perfect for skiing and warm weather activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and zip lining. Snowbird also has aerial tram rides and amusement park rides. Snowbird is full of fun for everyone, making it a perfect stop on your vacation to Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City has tons of museums you can go tour on your vacation. For example, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts holds over 17,000 artifacts from across the world. The Natural History Museum of Utah is one of the finest history museums in the country, containing over 1.5 million specimens and objects. A family favorite museum is the Discovery Gateway, a children's museum full of activities and fun for families with kids of all ages.
Found on the University of Utah campus, the Red Butte Garden is divided into sections devoted to a type of ecosystem. The garden also hosts various activities for kids and occasional concerts. Red Butte Garden has over 100 acres of natural gardens, walking paths, hiking trails, and botanical displays that will take your breath away.
Hogle Zoo is home to over 800 animals and a friendly, knowledgeable staff that allows you to have the best experience possible. At Hogle Zoo, visitors can get up close views of animals and even feed certain ones. The Hogle Zoo is open everyday and is located near the University of Utah campus.
Salt Lake City offers countless places to go for entertainment and music. Some examples include watching a Utah Jazz basketball game, a Ballet West performance, a show at Eccles Theater, a Real Salt Lake soccer game, a concert in the Vivint Smart Home Arena, or a presentation at the Clark Planetarium and IMAX Theater.