Top 10 Things to do:
Salt lake city is renowned for its fresh powdery snow, world Class Skiing, Mountains, National Park, Monuments, Temples and more. Here are a few of our TOP 10 Things to do while in UTAH.
1. Temple Square.
Welcome to Historic Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake City, one of Utah's number one tourist attractions and world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Temple Square is open every day of the year from 9am-9pm with the help of hundreds of volunteers and missionaries who will make your experience more enjoyable. On your visit to the 35 acres of Temple Square you will be able to see, feel, taste, touch and experience Mormon culture and its pioneer heritage.
2. Skiing and Snowboarding
Salt Lake City area resorts get an average of 500 inches of the driest, lightest powder snow each year. When winter hits Utah, a combination of cold air moving across the Great Salt Lake and Utah's dry air causes an incredible amount of snow to fall in the canyons where these resorts are located. Utah has been branded with the "Greatest Snow on Earth," which brings skiers and snowboarders from around the globe to make fresh tracks in this fluffy deep powder.
3. Salt Lake Area Historic Sites
The Mormon (LDS) Temple and adjacent building are key historic attractions in Salt Lake City. Several other Mormon sites located in or near the city are described here. Some of our other important sites are listed below.
State Capitol: On top of the hill at the northern end of State Street is the Utah State Capitol building, which was patterned after the nation's capitol. It was completed in 1914. A brochure is available detailing features of the building's interior and garden-like grounds. Guided tours are offered most of the year.
Council Hall: Directly across the street to the south of the State Capitol is Council Hall, home of the Utah Travel Council. Built in the 1860s as Salt Lake City Hall, it was dismantled brick by brick in 1963 and moved to Capitol Hill.
Marmalade District: On the western side of Capitol Hill is the Marmalade Historic District, or Fruit Tree Streets, where many original pioneer-era homes are located.
Memory Grove: Located in the mouth of City Creek Canyon, just east of the State Capitol and within walking distance of downtown Salt Lake City, Memory Grove is dedicated to Utah's war dead.
Cathedral of the Madeleine: South Temple Street is lined with many historic churches including the Rhenish Gothic-styled Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E South Temple, built in 1909, (801) 328-8941.
Presbyterian Church: A red sandstone exterior marks the First Presbyterian Church at South Temple and "C" Streets, (801) 363-3889.
Governor's Mansion: Once the most fashionable street in the city, South Temple also has numerous elegant mansions, most notably, the Kearns Mansion, 603 E South Temple. It was built in 1902 as the residence of mining magnate Thomas Kearns. It is now the official residence of Utah's Governor. A fire caused by faulty holiday lights in December of 1993 damaged much of the mansion. During renovation, the original color scheme and ornamentation were re-created. Tours are offered.
St Mark's Cathedral: One block off South Temple Street, the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E 100 South, was built in 1871, making it Utah's oldest non-Mormon church. It is also the third oldest Episcopal cathedral in the United States.
Masonic Temple: The Salt Lake Masonic Temple offers tours inside one of the city's most intriguing historical buildings. Completed in 1927, the building is located at 650 E South Temple, Salt Lake City; 801-363-2936. Hours are Mon-Fri 9 am-2 pm. Call ahead for guided tours.
City/County Building: The City and County Building sits on Washington Square between 400 and 500 South on State Street. The spot was an early encampment for Mormon settlers. After Utah became the nation's 45th state in 1896, this impressive building served as the State Capitol for 19 years.
Greek Orthodox Cathedral: At 279 S. 300 West, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was built in 1923, replacing a church built during 1905, the year the Greek Community of Utah was first organized.
Eagle Gate: This 76-foot arch with a 4,000 pound eagle on top spans State Street at South Temple, marking the center of downtown Salt Lake City. Constructed in 1859, it originally served as the entrance to Brigham Young's property and led beyond that to City Creek Canyon.
4. The Bonneville Salt Flats
Imagine a place so flat you seem to see the curvature of the planet, so barren not even the simplest life forms can exist. Imagine the passing thunder of strange vehicles hurtling by on a vast dazzling white plain. This is not an alien world far from earth; it is Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Bonneville Salt Flats is one of the most unique natural features in Utah. Stretching over 30,000 acres, the Bonneville Salt Flats is a fragile resource administered by the Bureau of Land Management. It is located along I-80 near the Utah-Nevada border. Wendover is the closest city.
Thousands of visitors, commercial filmmakers, and of course, high speed auto racers, make the Bonneville Salt Flats a world famous destination. We hope you enjoy your visit to this natural wonder on Utah's public land.
5. Museum of Ancient Life
The Museum of Ancient Life has the distinction of being the world's largest display of mounted dinosaurs. Not only will you meet our fierce prehistoric friends at the museum, though, you'll also become a part of their world. While you're weaving through the exhibits, chirps of insects and growls of ancient creatures greet you in each hall. Exhibits like the Erosion Table and the Fossil Dig give you an opportunity be a part of the science of paleontology. Needless to say, this is not an ordinary museum.
6. Thanksgiving point Golf
A championship caliber course, the Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point is 7,714 yards long and covers more than 200 acres, making it the largest golf club in the state. Ranked in the top ten new courses in the country by Golf Digest in 1997, we were recently named the number one public golf club in Utah by Golf Digest and one of fifteen "hidden gems" in the country by Links Magazine. This Johnny Miller Signature Golf Club cradles the most spectacular gardens in Utah, and creatively uses the natural mountain desert landscape to enhance the overall golf experience.
7. Thanksgiving point Gardens
Most guests agree that the Thanksgiving Point Gardens are the biggest surprise that Thanksgiving Point has to offer. Spread out over fifty five sprawling acres, they represent some of themost vivacious terrain in the West. The individual gardens are organized like the rooms of an immense estate, with thousands of trees, shrubs and grasses serving as living barriers between spaces, creating a sense of wonder as guests pass from "room" to "room." Within the grounds, there are 15 separate themed gardens.
8. Farm Country at Thanksgiving point
When the rooster crows, things get going at Farm Country. After all, this is a real, honest-to-goodness working farm. It's also a great way to get up close and personal with all your favorite farm critters from geese and goats to cows, pigs, and horses and everything in between. (It seems there's even an ostrich or two wandering around...)
Your family will love the hands-on one-on-ones, with plenty of opportunities for petting, feeding and general quality time. And don't miss the Meadow Gold Dairy Adventure, where you can see first hand how the milk we drink is bottled and processed.
And when you're all tuckered out, you can relax with a pony or wagon ride and a trip through the gift shop. What can we say-Old MacDonald's got nothing on this place.
9. Point of the Mountain Paragliding
Contact: Point of the Mountain Paragliding
Come fly like a bird, no experience required!
Get 5x as much air time as sky diving, 20x as much air time as bungee jumping, the feeling of soaring up in the air, the calm, relaxed view from high above the ground.
What to expect:
5 minute to one hour flight (or until you want to land). With altitudes from 5 to 2,000 feet, whatever you are up for and conditions permit us to do. Point of the Mountain Paragliding will provide all of the equipment required to fly. We do recommend that you should wear ankle supportive shoes or boots, pants, jacket (weather optional), sunglasses, and a small camera if you like.
PO Box 822 Draper, Utah 84020
10. Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits high in the Wasatch Mountains. The cave system consists of three spectacularly decorated caverns. Helictites and anthodites are just a few of the many dazzling formations to be found in the many chambers. As visitors climb to the cave entrance, on a hike gaining over 1,000 ft in elevation, they are offered incredible views of American Fork Canyon