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Salt Lake City - Fun Vacation for All!

Fun and historic, Salt Lake City, offers picture-perfect views from mountain tops and valleys below, with wild flowers, and a major city of 910,000 residents. Home to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints and the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Olympics and received long-term benefits of some of the best sports facilites in the country.

Settlement of Salt Lake County began on July 24, 1847, as Brigham Young and a party of 148 Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley to end a 1,500 mile journey west. Within a few years, the Salt Lake Valley became a major center for trade and commerce as wagon trains carried settlers and miners westward.

Downtown Salt Lake City

The story of Salt Lake City's settlement and growth is written in the historic buildings of its downtown. Explore over 100 years of history and architecture in Salt Lake City. Take a Walking Tour. Each tour is designed to last approximately an hour, taking you to unique buildings and historical locations within the city.

Temple Square

Visit Temple Square with its beautiful flower gardens, visitor centers, new Conference Center, the original church built early pioneers, and the Tabernacle. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts its Sunday performance each week from the Tabernacle. Attending the broadcast is free. You must be in your seat by 9:15 A.M. Check the schedule at the visitor center for other free concerts at the Tabernacle, such as, organ recitals and choir rehearsals. Guided tours are available at the Temple Square. My family and I were pleasantly surprised by the missionaries, who conducted the tour, with their knowledge of Utah's history and Mormom pioneers.

Salt Lake City Utah Family VacationThe Salt Lake Temple was completed in 1893, more than 40 years after construction began. The new Conference Center exceeds the capacity of Madison Square Garden in New York City, the auditorium is large enough to house a Boeing 747 jet with room to spare. Dedicated in October 2000, the building houses a 7,667-pipe organ in its auditorium, a separate 900-seat Conference Center Theater, and leading-edge translation and broadcast facilities . Landscaping includes a rooftop meadow of wild flowers and grasses, a fountain that cascades 67 feet down the front of the building, and 1,400 trees.

Delta Center

Salt Lake City Utah Family Vacationthe Delta Center where the Utah Jazz plays is acrross the street from giant outside mall with numerous shops and restaurants. Wander the streets, laze on the bench's and soak up the warm Utah sunas it set s on the mountains inthe distance. At the Mall's center is a in gound fountain, kids love to play in the water as the fountain spouts water to the beat of classical music. For tickets to Delta Center Event and other Salt Lake city sporting eventInformation and tickets

To get around downtown Salt Lake City, use the free train, TRAX. It is easy to use and has conveniently located stops at all the major sites in the downtown area. It operates from approximately 5:30 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. Monday thru Thursdays, until 1:00 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 9:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. on Sundays. There is no service on most holidays.

State Capitol Building

Salt Lake City Utah Family VacationThe current Capitol building is actually Utah's second. Originally, the territorial government met in Fillmore, Utah. Fillmore was chosen because of its central geographical location. However, since most of the territory's population lived in and around Salt Lake City, the legislature met at different locations around the city.

Ground breaking for the Capitol building took place on December 26, 1912. The edifice was dedicated nearly four years later on October 9, 1916. The Capitol was built to dimensions of 404 feet long, 240 feet wide, and 286 feet tall in a Renaissance Revival style. The exterior is of unpolished granite, as are the 52 segmented Corinthian columns.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Salt Lake City Utah Family VacationThe world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a 360-voice group that began shortly after the Latter-Day Saints pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is best known for its weekly Sunday broadcast in the United States. Music and the Spoken Word originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This program has been a weekly tradition in America since 1929 and is carried on hundreds of radio, television, and cable stations. In 2003, the choir will begin a yearlong celebration of its 75th year of broadcasting, the longest continuous network broadcast in the world.

Park City Ski Resorts

Salt Lake City Utah Family VacationIn 1935, the Park City Ski Club, whose members included high school students from Lincoln School, helped build their own ski jump on the Old Creole Mine dump west of town. Park City was born!

When the snow melts, the action heats up in Park City, as its world-class recreation activities come alive. Bike down a Rocky Mountain trail, fly fish in crystal clear waters, or tee-off one morning on dew-laden courses. If you're hungry for serious recreation, this is the place.

Click on the links below to see more information about each activity.
Adventures Historic Tours
Biking/Hiking Horseback Riding
Child Care/Rentals Hot Air Ballooning
Day Camps Massage
Day Spas Music in the Mountains
Disabled Recreation Seminars & Team Building
Equipment Rentals Shopping
Fitness/Health Clubs Skateboard Parks
Fly Fishing Summer at the Resorts
Golf Courses Summer Recreation Map
Hay Rides Water Sports

More Sites to See

  Bingham Canyon Mine Pioneer Memorial Museum
  Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts

Public Art at the Salt Palace

  Fort Douglas Military Museum This is the Place Heritage Park

Historic Downtown Walking Tours

Utah State Capitol Building

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy

District Gardens

Utah State Historical Society

The Mormon Trail