Utah, often referred to as the “Crossroads of the West” as the state is located in the Intermountain West centered among three major land areas, the Rocky Mountains, the Basin and Ridge Region, and the Colorado Plateau. This makes Utah an amazing destination that draws in tourists and visitors from all over the world.
Salt Lake City, capital of Utah, sits just below the Wasatch Range Mountains in a vast expanse of desert. Salt Lake City is home to well-known focal points such as Temple Square and the Mormon Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) headquarters.Within Salt Lake City, you will also find the beautiful and spectacular Mormon Tabernacle, home to the renowned Tabernacle Choir.
The Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River at 24 miles long and 12 miles across. The Great Salt Lake is known as the largest salt-water based lake in the entire Western Hemisphere. It is salty because there is no outlet for the lake, making the minerals stuck or trapped within the massive lake. Tributary rivers leave small amounts of salt dissolved in nearby fresh waters.When the water evaporates the salt is left behind.The Great Salt Lake brings many tourists; swimmers and sunbathers alike. Mainly visiting the Antelope Islands State Park.
Attractions of Utah State
Utah is home to seven professional team sports:
- Utah Jazz (Basketball)
- Utah Grizzlies (Hockey)
- Orem Owlz (Baseball)
- Utah Blaze (Football)
Utah has numerous parks, including:
- The Mighty 5 – Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park. These parks are perfect for the hiker, camper, photographer, rock climber, at heart!
- Hogle Zoo – Home of over 800 animals just east of downtown Utah.
- National History Museum of Utah – Referred to as Utah’s very own Jurassic Park, as Utah is a well-known location found to possess the most number of dinosaur fossils in the entire world.
- Solitude Mountain Resort – Only 34 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Solitude’s name says it all. Solitude is perfect for the skier in mind, with over 1200 acres of terrain to thoroughly enjoy this sport.
- Brighton Ski Resort – Skiing that is great for the family or the younger crowds, as this is one of the best mountains for a beginner snowboarder or skier to learn the ropes of the sport. Brighton also has a friendly, mellow atmosphere where tourists and locals can both spend their days enjoying the mountain.
Salt Lake City
Downtown Salt Lake City has embraced urban living, offering light rail transportation (called Trax), lofts, vast shopping locations (for both high end and frugal shoppers), swank and cozy hotels, as well as hotels with elegance and class. Visitors and locals can find an array of upscale and unique restaurants, bars, and clubs. Even having a variety of superb symphony shows, opera shows, and even NBA games for the sports fan in mind.
Downtown Salt Lake City – Downtown hosts wide and spacious streets, the place where the state of Utah began. Originally founded by Mormon settlers, who put their stake in the ground, so to speak, right in the heart of Salt Lake City in 1847.
Must see sites of Downtown: Utah State Capitol Building, Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine, University of Utah, Energy Solutions Arena where the Utah Jazz plays their home games.
Temple Square – Temple Square is an attraction worth seeing for anyone traveling to or through Utah. The Temple Square lies in the heart of Salt Lake City, right smack in the center of downtown. It holds beautiful architecture sitting on 35 acres. Photographers, have your cameras ready!
Must see sites in Temple Square: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Beehive House, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake Temple (don’t forget all of the great statues), The Tabernacle, Conference Center… the list goes on and on!