In best-loved series Friends, our favourite gang are always getting hyped up about road tripping to Salt Lake City. Despite thism, many travelers overlook holidays here, as they don’t know the splendour the city has to offer. Visiting in the winter is the chance for a laid-back holiday, when the crowds are smaller and the snow-capped mountains that rise above the city are at their most sublime.
Salt Lake City, Utah, is nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains and extends to the south shore of the sparkling Salt Lake. It has a wild and rugged landscape, unlike any other in America, and the snowy winter days offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. The city is famous for its status at the centre of the Mormon universe as it was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. The LDS Church still has its headquarters in Temple Square as well as the Tabernacle, home to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Since the 2002 Winter Olympics, the city had a dramatic change in character as the Wasatch Front became increasingly populated and many who came for sports have never left.
In winter, you can’t go to Salt Lake City and not take advantage of the fantastic snowboard and ski areas. The Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort sprawls across 2,500 acres with a 3,240-foot vertical drop and it has 169 runs in total. The vast area caters to both veterans and learners and has such a variety of runs it’s impossible to get bored. The snow opportunities are truly incredible, with countless areas to explore, like Sundance Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain, and many more. Located about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City is Park City, which is home to another two major Alpine ski spots. Park City Mountain Resort caters to skiers and snowboarders of all levels with powder-filled bowls and exciting off-piste, and Deer Valley resort Park City Mountain caters exclusively to skiersbowls and to skiers with groomed runs stretching far and wide.
Off the slopes, a nice way to delve into the Mormon history of the city is by visiting its Temple Square. A sprawling three-block plaza, Temple Square is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has the towering Salt Lake Temple, the expansive aTabernacle and the impressive Gothic-style Assembly Hall. After visiting the attracttions and learning about the founding of the city and the churche’s past, then grab a hot coffee and stroll through the squares gardens.
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Another way to see the history of the city is by visiting the Old Deseret Village, a model of a traiditonal village. It was erected to commemorate the Mormon arrival in Utah and houses a collection of different homes and period buildings. The village has actors in period costume and different houses have exhibtions teaching you about village life. The village covers 440 acres, so you truly feel immersed in the life of the village and detached from the outside world.
To get out of the cold, the Clark Planetarium explores everything space. The planetarium has a Hansen Dome Theatre, where you can see a simulation of the galaxy, as well as an IMAX cinema showing 3D films about space. Another museum worth wandering is the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The building is part of the campus of the University, opened in the 50’s, and has more than 20 different galleries with a wide variety of exhibitions. If you’re coming to Salt Lake City with kids, the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is incredible. It’s a ginormous centre dedicated to interactive learning to do with all things science.
The range of dining and nightlife options is vast. The city is alive every night, with piano clubs, high-end cocktail bars, big clubs, jazz clubs, and even cheesy options like country-western line dancing. If you can, get tickets to the Eccles Theatre. Opened in 2016, the beautiful building has two theatres and shows everything from Broadway to music concerts. Currently showing is The Sound of Music, a Broadway classic produced by Roger’s and Hammerstein’s. Food in the centre is always high quality, but for some special dining options try one of the establishments in the wilderness. The Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon is a romantic setting in a historic log mansion in the Wasatch National Forest. Despite the feeling of being completely detached, the restaurant is actually only a few minutes drive from downtown.
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