We only stayed about 24 hours in SLC, so we packed as much in as possible.
One of the first things we did, around 6pm, was to drive up State Street (good view of capitol on hill ahead). We walked up the steps of the capitol where you get a great panorama of the city – and it was especially pretty at twilight with lights glimmering throughout the city.
Afterward, we went to Temple Square (a few blocks from the capitol) and the LDS Conference Center to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice (practice begins at 8, visitors allowed). Building is large (seats 21,000) and the platform seating barely holds the choir (360 members). We didn’t hear a complete song, but the blending of the voices was superb and the acoustics of the building awesome. We stayed about an hour, walked across the street and through the “north gate” into Temple Square to look around. Quite impressive!
The next morning, we went back to Temple Square and took a tour of the Square. Two female “missionaries” showed us around. During the tour, we met several missionaries – most from foreign countries. They told us LDS provides the flight and housing, and they work and save to pay all other expenses for their 18-month stay in Salt Lake City for training and working as host/hostesses in LDS visitor areas. It was quite interesting talking to these young people. We toured the Visitor’s Center, Tabernacle, and Assembly Hall. Only “worthy” Mormons are allowed in the Temple, but they had a scaled model on display for viewing. We walked out the south gate and down the block to tour the Beehive House (former home of Brigham Young). This is where we learned what the beehives meant that we'd seen all around Utah (industriousness!). We had planned to eat at the Lion’s House next door (also former home of Brigham Young), but it was closed for remodeling. There were several other sights around town we’d like to have visited, but decided we wanted to see some of the surrounding area.
We drove out Wasatch Blvd to its end (or beginning?) at a little park-like area and walked a trail that had some good views of the valley and city (and nearby interstate exchanges, ha!).
From there we decided to drive up to Snowbird (a popular skiing spot). We followed a curvy, steep road, and I’m sure in the winter it is beautiful, but not so much without the snow! And, the tram wasn't open when we got there. Wished we’d gone to Park City instead.
Next we went to Antelope Island, located in the Great Salt Lake. I didn’t expect the water of the lake to be so blue. On the right side of the causeway going out, the water was so still, the mountains, sky and clouds were perfectly mirrored in it. Went to the Visitor’s Center, watched a film about the island and its history, and looked at visuals. We would have stayed and visited the ranch, but they were gearing up for a festival that evening and we didn’t want to get caught in the traffic. There were opportunities for camping and hiking, but the flies were so bad, I can’t imagine being outside for very long! Maybe they cleared up some after dark for the festival … ?
• SLC is probably one of the cleanest cities and probably the friendliest city we’ve ever visited. Just walking along the city sidewalks, people speak and stop to make make conversation. The people are very polite and hospitable.
• During the day, we saw a sign for huckleberry shakes. Since we’ve never had huckleberry anything, we tried them and they were delish!
Thanks for all the TA help and comments! Special thanks to Shake801, Kbecjeans, brettn_10, ridgeroader, and bored72. Your advice helped us plan our day.
We enjoyed our time here.