After visiting the Great Salt Lake, we then headed to downtown Salt Lake City. The city is very clean, easy to drive around, cheap for parking (I think we paid $4 for 6 hours near Temple Square), beautifully landscaped and framed by perfect Wasatch mountain views. We were pretty impressed.
At the pinnacle of the city lies Temple Square. Allow me to preface this next portion by saying that we are not Mormons, so I can only give you a tourists viewpoint of Temple Square. Here is the layout, so you can get a feel for all it encompasses…The temple is a beautiful structure that took 40 years to build and involved a lot of dedication by the Mormons to complete.
You are not able to enter the temple as a visitor, but the South Visitor’s Center holds an exhibit about the building of the temple, as well as the below model of its interior…The North Visitor’s Center includes exhibits with galleries depicting the life of Jesus……moments from the Old Testament……and several other Mormon-specific exhibits.
All-in-all we spent a beautiful afternoon in Salt Lake City and would love to see it with snow on the mountain tops some day.
- You can see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform as a visitor. If interested, I would call ahead for their schedule.
- The Conference Center has a botanical garden on its roof, but there is a fee; so we opted out.
- There are facilities for anyone interested to perform family research. It is free!
- There is a Trader Joe’s in Salt Lake City, so you can stock up like we did before heading in to Southern Utah!