Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, takes its name from the 80-mile-long Great Salt Lake, 15 miles west of town. The lake features white-sand beaches, beautiful pink-streaked sunsets, and many species of migratory birds. The sprawling city, surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains to the east and north and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west, is a safe area where families can enjoy a relaxed vacation at a slower pace than in most other cities. The city is world headquarters of the Mormon religion, whose first settlers arrived in the valley in 1847. Today more than half of the city’s population are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). The city’s Mexican-American, Greek, and Japanese communities add some cultural diversity to this clean, inviting city. Currently, the city is preparing to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.
Great Family Vacations: Midwest & Rocky Mountain Region

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Great Family Vacations: Midwest & Rocky Mountain Region

by Candyce H. Stapen (The Globe Pequot Press)

Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, takes its name from the 80-mile-long Great Salt Lake, 15 miles west of town. The lake features white-sand beaches, beautiful pink-streaked sunsets, and many species of migratory birds. The sprawling city, surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains to the east and north and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west, is a safe area where families can enjoy a relaxed vacation at a slower pace than in most other cities. The city is world headquarters of the Mormon religion, whose first settlers arrived in the valley in 1847.

Today more than half of the city’s population are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). The city’s Mexican-American, Greek, and Japanese communities add some cultural diversity to this clean, inviting city. Currently, the city is preparing to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

©  Candyce H. Stapen/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Salt Lake City, Utah

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