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What to do in Salt Lake City

by erin 29. July 2009 10:33

In honor of Utah state holiday, Pioneer Day, on July 24th, we take a look at the most popular free things to do in Salt Lake City.

Tour Temple Square- beautiful Temple Square is located in downtown Salt Lake City, and is free and open to the public. This iconic landmark is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is the headquarters of the church. Beautiful landscaping, historic buildings, and picturesque points welcome visitors from around the world daily. The Mormon Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, can be found in the middle of Temple Square. There are free organ concerts, as well as other musical events daily.

This is the Place Heritage Park- this park in the mouth of Emigration Canyon marks the spot where Mormon leader, Brigham Young, declared "this is the place" where the pioneers would settle. The park features Old Deseret Village, a restored and recreated living community memorializing Utah's pioneer past.

Ensign Peak-Two days after the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, the pioneer leaders hiked this peak to survey the valley. A commemorative park now marks this historic spot. Located only about 1 ½ miles north of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, the park features an entry plaza, woods, meadows, trails, view points, rest areas, native wildlife, and a small amphitheater. The hike to the top of the peak is not too difficult, and rewards hikers with a beautiful view of the Salt Lake Valley.

Gallivan Center- This downtown outdoor area features an amphitheater, an ice rink and pond, a huge outdoor chess board, and an aviary. Its inviting atmosphere is complemented with performance areas of all sizes, lots of seating, intimate spaces and vantage points that make the Center a comfortable and fun place to enjoy the activities, casual strolling or "people watching." Special events such as exhibits, fairs, performances, parades, festivals and holiday celebrations make the John W. Gallivan Utah Center a lively and exciting gathering place year-round.

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