|With its wide city-center streets, the busy
coming-and-going of the new TRAX light rail system, and the constant
bustle of new construction, Salt Lake City has an atmosphere of
expansion and growth. Situated at the base of the magnificent Wasatch
Mountains, the city is booming economically and evolving at a rapid
rate. While most business travelers limit their activities to the city
center, many tourists come for the outstanding outdoor recreation found
throughout the Salt Lake Basin.
The City Center
The downtown area is a mixture of contrasts that situates the most modern of sports arenas, the Delta Center, across the street from the Devereaux Mansion, a fine old Victorian mansion that is now The Chart House restaurant. The stately Temple Square is flanked by high-rise office buildings and the modern Crossroads Plaza shopping center. Brigham Youngs Beehive House creates an oasis of the 19th century across the street from office towers of the 21st century. Arranged on a logical and understandable grid pattern with Temple Square at its center, all addresses in the city can be found with little effort.
National and international business magazines have described Salt Lake City as 'visionary, vibrant, and vigorous.' Business and tourism are the lifeblood of the city, but between the office buildings lay the cultural and entertainment centers that present numerous diversions at the end of the business or ski day. The Capitol Theater, home of Ballet West, is both an architectural and cultural gem. One of downtowns classic older buildings, the theater has been renovated into a modern venue for Broadway productions and intimate concerts. It is only a pleasant stroll from any of the downtown hotels and is close to some of the citys finest restaurants. Equally accessible from anywhere in downtown is Abravenel Hall (home of the Utah Opera Company) and the Delta Center (home of the National Basketball Associations Utah Jazz). The volunteer hosts at the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Salt Palace can always recommend a variety of activities, favorite restaurants or sites to visit.
Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City is truly a hill! A walk from downtown up State Street to the Utah State Capitol offers a sampling of the grandeur of the homes of mining and financial barons, several of which?-notably Wolfe Krest Bed and Breakfast and The Inn on Capitol Hill?-that provide a sense of Salt Lake City as it was at the turn of the 20th century. The private homes on the hill also offer an eclectic blend of Victorian, Italinate, and 'wealthy pioneer? architectural styles. Just to the west of the Utah State Capitol is the Pioneer Memorial Museum that also provides a sense of life in the 'Beehive State? in its early days.
Once the home of the trolleys that were the transportation mainstay of Salt Lake City, the trolley barns of Trolley Square now enclose some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city. From the well known Hard Rock Café to the local favorite Desert Edge Brewery, the numerous dining establishments are each a pleasure. Shopping ranges from the eclectic to the stylish and from the mainstream to the completely uncommon! Trolley Square is an ideal setting for an afternoon of shopping or an evening of dinner, drinks and a movie.
The University of Utah
The university district and the university itself offer a number of delights. On the campus of the University of Utah the Utah Museum of Natural History and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts offer a broad range of educational and cultural opportunities. The newly remodeled Kingsbury Hall is a concert and performance venue that is a special pleasure for jazz performances, dance productions, and theater. The Universitys Huntsman Center hosts the sporting exhibitions of the University of Utah Utes, while the nearby Red Butte Gardens is a four-season experience that, once again, integrates the city with Utahs diverse natural environment.
Outside the City Center
Like many metropolitan areas, Salt Lake City has sprawled past its designated boundaries into numerous suburbs and outlying areas. North of the city center lie Farmington, Hill Air Force Base, and Ogden, home to the Hill Aerospace Museum, Eccles Dinosaur Park, and Lagoon Amusement Park. West of the city center is home to Salt Lake International Airport and much of areas rapidly expanding industry. To the east of the city lies the magnificent Wasatch Front. These craggy peaks and bucolic valleys shelter Park City and world-renowned ski resorts such as Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
Colleen Bryan Rodgers