“Here is the place,” said pioneer-extraordinaire Brigham Young after months of exhaustive trekking across some of the country’s harshest terrain. Lake City KL North
The “place” to which he was referring has become called Salt Lake City. At the time though, in 1847, it was no higher than a barren land the place where a band of fatigued Mormon immigrants found themselves after giving up all other worldly possessions for to be able to build their lives anew. It’s possible to only speculate regarding the reaction of his weary followers. Surrounded by crackly sagebrush and barren soil, and in the midst of an uninhabitable lake, it must took a serious mind’s eye to foresee the grand metropolis that could ultimately prove to become promised land for hedonists and ascetics alike.
My relationship with Salt Lake City is quite extensive. All things considered, I can’t even start to count the number of times I are finding myself in this capital city of the Beehive State. And I must admit-I haven’t yet grown weary of it. Salt Lake City has been the intended destination for lots of family road trips. It has served as a gathering place to meet up with friends and relatives. And nearly all of my journeys elsewhere usually commence at Salt Lake City International Airport-the region’s predominant air hub.
Salt Lake City is a modern hodgepodge of modern and antiquated, fancy and plain, kitschy and virtuous. The city serves as the global headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and yet, only about half its residents classify themselves as such.
The city boasts wide thoroughfares filled with shopping outlets and fine restaurants. The city center itself is quite small however, as the majority of the valley’s population is settled in outer suburbs. Its focal point is really a grand LDS temple that serves as the landmark of the area. The remaining city is composed of easily navigable gridded streets to the north, south, east, and west of the temple.
While only primed members of the LDS faith can enter the temple itself, the surrounding gardens and buildings are accessible to visitors. Full-time volunteer missionaries from over 40 nations are eager to share Mormon Church history, beliefs, and doctrine in 30 different languages on several customized tours around Temple Square.
Although downtown Salt Lake City is charming enough to put up its against the likes of other major U.S. cities, it’s the easy to get at tracts of wilderness that alluringly entice visitors to Utah. The nearby mountains of the Wasatch Front act as a glorious bastion of perennial outdoor activities. The surrounding forests cater to any or all types-from penny-pitching tent dwellers to lavish five-star resort frequenters. And in the midst of all of it lies Park City, Salt Lake’s frivolous little brother.
Ski resorts dot the landscape. In reality, there are four within an hour’s drive from the airport. Visitors and locals alike flock to the slopes every winter to have what “Ski Utah!” claims to be “the maximum snow on earth.” And considering the sheer popularity of such resorts, “Ski Utah!” may just be onto something.
Whilst the soft, powdery snow is the main enticement to Park City during winter months months, it’s not in the slightest the only draw. Each January the Sundance Film Festival showcases independent films from throughout the nation and throughout the globe. During the festival, Park City transforms itself from a traditional winter village to a sensational Hollywood-esque bash. Glitz and glamour overtake rugged and wild.
After experiencing the numerous facets of Salt Lake City, most visitors find themselves seconding Brigham Young’s declaration. Salt Lake truly is “the place”-the place for fine dining, shopping, skiing, hiking, biking, meandering, and contemplating. So go for it. Visit Utah-and make it your place too.