Utah State Capitol © Jkinsocal
Situated in a basin between the
snow-covered Wasatch mountain range to the east and the Great Salt
Lake to the west is Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. Its scenic
backdrop frames a pleasantly spacious and laidback city that is
surprisingly down to earth for a growing state capital.
The vast salty wasteland that ultimately
became one of America's prize cities was originally picked out by a
band of Mormon pioneers who were searching for a quiet spot where
they could follow their faith undisturbed by the world. Led by
Brigham Young, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, the followers surveyed the desolate-looking valley of the
Great Salt Lake basin and declared it to be the peaceful haven they
had been seeking.
This Is The Place Heritage Park
commemorates the site where they ended their trek, named after the
famous words uttered by Young in 1847. To this day the city is
dominated by Mormon influence, with more than 40 percent of the
population belonging to its church. Visitors come to listen to the
singing of the exceptional Mormon Tabernacle Choir and to see the
fascinating Temple Square that is the spiritual headquarters of the
Mormon faith and the heart of the city.
Despite being steeped in religious
tradition, Salt Lake City is rapidly emerging as one of the
foremost business locations in the country, attracting large
numbers of high-end technology firms and software corporations, and
a favoured venue for major corporate and professional conferences
The city is also growing in reputation as
an outdoor recreation centre. Throngs of outdoor enthusiasts are
drawn to the nearby mountains where world-class skiing is offered
at top resorts, as well as miles of stunning mountain trails for
hiking, biking, and rock climbing. Salt Lake City is also within a
day's drive of numerous national and state parks, rivers and
canyons, offering endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
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