Salt Lake City. A unique and charming area with its distinguished architecture, diverse and changing character and the looming presence of the Rocky Mountains, it’s no mystery how 2.5 million were drawn to stay when you meet this city for the first time. Whether your visit is to ski, hike, explore the city or get involved with this centre of Mormonism, there is so much to do here. Read on for some of our favourite ways to spend the summer in Salt Lake City.
A visit to Salt Lake City and Utah needs mention of the numerous snow-capped peaks and winter sports activities. Visitors who come in the earlier summer between mid-May and mid-June can enjoy adrenaline rushes, snowboarding and skiing down the extensive network of runs. If you are arriving later in the summer, there are still plenty of other great activities such as blood-pumping summer toboggans, drop towers and a ropes course. In the surrounding communities, there are also plenty of other opportunities to embrace the mountain air, hike and go on nature trails.
A visually striking and beautiful campus established by the strong Mormon community of Salt Lake City, Temple Square is a place for visitors to acquaint themselves with the Mormon faith and witness some of the city’s most majestic buildings. The Salt Lake Temple is only open for approved Mormons to enter, but the rest of the campus is still very much worth the trip. Here, visitors can interact with a wealth of missionaries that have served over the world, or attend debates between ex-members who frequent the grounds and members of the temple. There is also the Assembly Hall, the Family History Library, and a Museum and Library documenting the history of the church.
Another one of Salt Lake City’s memorable sights is the annual Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival, where bright Hot Air Balloons take off en masse into the skies over Utah. Vibrant colours dot the sky and the community comes together to manage this great event, an all-day affair from sunrise well into the evening. At night-time, the sleepy suburb of Sandy holds a Balloon Glow, with a gathering of Food Trucks, games, activities, live music and a nighttime 5k. For a great memory of colours and community, come to the Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Pioneer Day is a unique Utah tradition paying homage to the day Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley and marked the spot for the Mormon community. Festive floats, events honouring the Mormon and Native American communities such as song and dance, a marathon in the streets, a Pie and Beer food festival for the non-Mormon population and the exotic Rodeo all take place on this exciting day. Pioneer Day is a great way to enjoy and learn about the customs of the people of Utah, all in an electric atmosphere with plenty of performance, food and sport.
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