Posted by: RasmaSandra | March 26, 2022

Lovely Salt Lake City

Our armchair travels across the US have taken us to the western US and the state of Utah. This is a landlocked state bordered on the east by Colorado, northeast by Wyoming, north by Idaho, south by Arizona and to the west by Nevada. A corner of the state in the southeast touches New Mexico.

We begin with the capital, Salt Lake City which is the religious center of the Mormons, Latter-Day saints. When the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games it grew in popularity.

Among the highlights of the city is Temple Square. This is the holy place of the Mormons and has lovely flowering trees, flowers, and fountains.

The four key Mormon Buildings at Temple Square are the Mormon Temple, Mormon Tabernacle, the Temple Annex and the Assembly Hall. You can find two information centers at the entrances to the square.

The Mormon Temple is one of the most iconic landmarks. It is a huge granite structure with three towers with the highest at the east end with a 13-foot-high gilded figure of the angel Moroni. It may be entered only by Mormons.

The Tabernacle is a massive building with a done perched on 44 sandstone piers. Free tours are offered. At the west end is the gallery for the celebrated Tabernacle Choir.

Also on the square is the Joseph Smith Memorial Building named for the first president of the Mormon Church, The building is ten feet high with glazed terra cotta bricks that shine in the sun. Some of the highlights are marble columns, art glass, and the grand staircase. On-site is the Legacy Theater, conference rooms, the FamilySearch Center and three restaurants. The Rooftop Restaurant on the 10th floor offers views over Temple Square and the city.

Place Heritage Park is located 15 minutes from Salt Lake City. The park traces the history of early pioneers and settlers to Utah. There are many interesting things to do here including pony and train rides.

Among the highlights is This is The Place Monument a huge sculpture commemorating the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Mormons in Salt Lake Valley.

Liberty Park is the city’s largest public park, People enjoy waking here and having picnics, There are tennis courts, bocce ball courts, basketball courts and a public swimming pool. There are two jogging paths one paved and one with woodchips. The park is home to Tracy Aviary. It is on the National Register of Historic Places along with Chase Mill the oldest commercial building in the state.

Tracy Aviary has a large variety of birds from North America and other parts of the world, It is one of the world’s oldest aviaries. There are 19 indoor and outdoor exhibits. Among the highlights is Andy the Andean Condor.

The Beehive House was built in 1845 as the residence of the Governor of Utah and leader of the Mormons, Brigham Young. For many years his family with 19 wives and 56 children lived here. Free tours are available. The beehive on the turret of the house is a symbol of Mormon industriousness and appears on the Utah Coat of Arms.

The Hogle Zoo has more than 800 animals from around the world. There are seven major exhibits among them Elephant Encounter, World of Flight, Great Apes, Primate Forest, Rocky Shores, African Savanna, Asian Highlands, and lastly the Small Animal Building.

City Creek Center is the premier shopping destination. The mall has over 100 top retailers. It is unique in that it has a creek with fish and a retractable roof to open on warm days, The is a water fountain with dancing flames set to music. Children have a large indoor play area with a dinosaur theme.

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