Salt Lake City, Crossroads of The West
Crossroads of the West....
What do I take my visitors to see when they visit me?
Most find Temple Square in Salt Lake City one high point of their trip to Utah, but I don't stop there. There is a reason why the city attracts so many major conventions, and so many tourists every year in all seasons.
The city is a major hub for airlines, rail, and land routes. The title "Crossroads of the West" is very appropriate for America's 125th largest city.
What you will find
Salt Lake City has its own resident ballet, symphony, opera, and professional sports as well as being famous for hosting the Winter Olympics, and for being a major hub for some 50% of America's national parks.
Another major attraction is Salt Lake City's world famous genealogical center, and a 21,000 capacity Convention Center in which every seat has an unobstructed view of the podium making the center a place of architectural interest as is the beautiful Cathedral of the Madeleine which is just a short walk up the hill from Temple Square.
The city has more than a dozen colleges and universities represented, among which is the University of Utah and its college of medicine known around the world. Its children's hospital is one of the finest anywhere, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute is doing cutting edge research into that devastating disease. A world class library serves the entire community.
Besides hosting winter sports of a previous Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City is gearing up to bid again for that opportunity with improved interstate highway construction nearly completed, increasing first rate hotel and restaurant accomodations, and some of the finest new shopping centers in the west.
There is another unique aspect of Salt Lake City. It is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America with more foreign languages spoken fluently than perhaps any location outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City!
Those fluencies made hosting the recent Winter Olympics an especially welcoming event due in part to the number of former LDS missionaries living in Utah and nearby states. In any given year approximately 53,000 worthy LDS missionaries are serving missions around the world in approximately 150 countries.
The headquarters of the LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is located in an impressive building in downtown Salt Lake City where it and the nearby Conference Center and Temple Square draw visiting tourists and members from around the world, as do the nearby Wasatch Mountains which boast "The Greatest Snow On Earth."
Nearby attractions include the famous Great Salt Lake, an open pit copper mine which is one of the largest in the world, and museums of every description, plus a famous plenetarium, aviary, and zoo. First rate golf courses are available, and hiking trails add to the less stressful joys of strolling around Utah's capitol city, or hiking up the hill to the Capitol Building which houses Utah's Senate, House, many administrative offices, and exhibits.
The Salt Lake International Airport is one of the busier airports in the US with links to every major city, and direct overseas flights to some of the world capitols around the world.
A visit to Salt Lake City has many rewards waiting including an easy excursion to nearby Park City where even in July the evenings can be cool and refreshing.
Salt Lake City...something for everyone.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
Where might your city rank in population?
- List of United States cities by population - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A recent survey of the populations of 275 of America's most populous cities. Salt Lake City ranked 125th.
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