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Salt Lake City, Crossroads of The West

Updated on June 17, 2012

Crossroads of the West....

The famous Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The famous Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. | Source
The main entrance to the 21,000 seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The main entrance to the 21,000 seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. | Source
One view of the LDS Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.
One view of the LDS Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. | Source
A partial view of the LDS Church History Building in Salt Lake City.
A partial view of the LDS Church History Building in Salt Lake City. | Source
A view overlooking part of Temple Square including the famous Salt Lake Tabernacle with its domed roof,  and The Assembly Hall's steeple in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Salt Lake Temple is partially seen at the left of this photo.
A view overlooking part of Temple Square including the famous Salt Lake Tabernacle with its domed roof, and The Assembly Hall's steeple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake Temple is partially seen at the left of this photo. | Source
A partial view of the Energy Solutions Arena which is home to the Utah Jazz Team of the National Basketball Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A partial view of the Energy Solutions Arena which is home to the Utah Jazz Team of the National Basketball Association in Salt Lake City, Utah. | Source
A view of the former Hotel Utah which now houses LDS church offices and church theaters.
A view of the former Hotel Utah which now houses LDS church offices and church theaters. | Source
A view of the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A view of the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. | Source
A view of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A view of the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. | Source
Salt Lake City's Cathedral of The Madeleine sits in a lovely location just up the hill from Temple Square.
Salt Lake City's Cathedral of The Madeleine sits in a lovely location just up the hill from Temple Square. | Source


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.

Easy access

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.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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