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Temple Square
10 Tours en activiteiten

When Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, Brigham Young, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), proclaimed “Here we will build a temple to our God.” The place where this pronouncement was made eventually became known as Temple Square, whose centerpiece is the Salt Lake Temple — the largest of 135+ Mormon temples.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is the world headquarters of LDS Church, as well as Utah’s number one tourist attraction, drawing in 3-5 million visitors each year. Contained within the Square’s 35 acres are the Salt Lake Temple, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument, two visitors' centers and the largest genealogy library of its kind in the world. It is also home to the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

Free guided tours take in historic sites, interactive exhibits, art displays and films, parks.

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Salt Lake Tabernacle
2 Tours en activiteiten

The Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square was built between 1863 and 1875 and originally housed meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church). It was also the location of the semi-annual LDS General Conference for 132 years, before the conference moved to a new center in 2000.

The Tabernacle’s unusual design is said to have come to Brigham Young while he was contemplating a hollowed-out eggshell. After the facility was completed it was considered an architectural wonder of its day, leading Frank Lloyd Wright to dub it “one of the architectural masterpieces of the country and perhaps the world.” Nearly 1.5 million feet of lumber was chopped in the nearby Wasatch Mountains to complete the project. The grand 11,623-pipe Tabernacle Organ, which pipes are made of hand-carved wooden staves, is one of the largest and sonorous organs in the world.

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Alta Ski Area

It’s all about skiing at Alta Ski Resort. With 116-plus runs and 2,200 skiable acres (890 hectares), the variety of the terrain provides skiing for all levels. A quarter of the terrain is for beginners, 40 percent dedicated to intermediate skiers and 35 percent for the advanced set. Average yearly snowfall is 551 inches (1,400 cm). A rare skier only mountain, snowboarding is not allowed.

You can learn more than just ski skills at Alta. The resort offers a unique free program called Ski with a Ranger. On weekends and holidays skiers can learn about a variety of topics including the watershed, winter ecology and local mining history while traveling down a groomed run.

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Brighton Resort

Brighton Ski Resort is niet alleen het oudste skiresort van Utah, het is ook een van de oudste van de hele Verenigde Staten. Brighton heeft zich vanaf het begin in 1936 gericht op het aanbieden van hoogwaardig skiën. Het probeert geen bezoekers te trekken die naast het skiën een luxe spa-resort willen. Het blijft een populaire skibestemming in de staat. Het wordt ook bekroond vanwege betaalbaarheid (kinderen onder zeven jaar hebben altijd gratis toegang) en gezinsvriendelijkheid. Brighton heeft 62 pistes, een ski- en snowboardschool en genoeg mogelijkheden voor avondskiën.

Het Brighton Ski Resort ligt in Big Cottonwood Canyon in het Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Het gebied is eigenlijk allemaal openbare ruimte. U heeft uiteraard kaartjes nodig voor de skiliften, maar het gebied zelf is het hele jaar vrij toegankelijk. Brighton heeft een samenwerking met het naastgelegen resort, Solitude, waarmee het een gecombineerde dagpas en een stoeltjeslift aanbiedt voor beide resorts.

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Utah's Hogle Zoo

Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon near Salt Lake City, the Hogle Zoo is one of Utah’s most popular attractions. Spread out over 42 acres (17 hectares), it is the state’s largest zoo and houses animals from a number of diverse ecosystems. Exhibits include: ‘Elephant Encounter,’ which features white rhinoceros and African elephants spread out over four exhibit areas; ‘Asian Highlands,’ a re-creation of a Himalayan village featuring Amur tigers, Amur leopards, Pallas' cats, Siberian lynx and snow leopards; and ‘Rocky Shores,’ an exhibit that hosts a variety of animals, including harbor seals, sea lions, polar bears, grizzly bears, river otters and bald eagles.

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