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Old 09-26-2013, 07:59 PM
 
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I just returned from a little trip to Salt Lake City. I really enjoyed myself. People thought it was a strange destination, but it fit my goals perfectly.

I didn't want to bother with renting a car, driving in an unfamiliar city, and figuring out where to park. But I didn't want to go to the typical metropolises with great mass transit. For a city it's size, SLC has fantastic mass transit. I was in town for about 4 days, and $19 of transit fare got me all over the city on trains and buses. Bus routes in particular made it really easy to get to some out-of-the-way destinations without even needing a transfer.

I wanted to hear a unique music performance. SLC can certainly provide that; it's just early on Sunday morning instead of late on Saturday night. Choral music isn't my favorite, but with the acoustics in the Tabernacle, that's a one-of-a-kind experience. That show alone was worth the trip out there. It's like every musician is close-mic'd but better. (Except everybody in the crowd is amplified, too). It's living history.

Speaking of history, there was o shortage of interesting history to the area. I enjoyed learning about the Mormon pioneers at the history museum near Temple Square. I was a bit disappointed with the natural history museum. The exhibits were interesting, but they had so many audio/video things going at once, it was really hard to concentrat. I suppose it's for the kids. The view from the observation deck was especially enjoyable for somebody who has never been to the mountains before. The view from the library and from near the Capitol were fantastic, too.

I hadn't planned on going to that pioneer museum by the Capitol, but wandered inside. I wish I had allowed more time for that. The items and stories with them were an interesting slice of history.

I found time for a few other odds and ends, too. I saw Trolley Square and the Gilgal Sculpture Garden. I went to the classic car museum,too, but wasn't too impressed. The Tracy Aviary was an incredibly relaxing activity for a beautiful morning.

The architecture around Temple Square was amazing. Both the older buildings and the new conference center were impressive feats. That said, the most impressive religious building I saw was not Mormon. I made it over to the Cathedral of the Madeline.

I hate eating out, so I can't comment on restaurants. But $15 of groceries from Harmon's downtown covered a good chunk of my meals.

Remember, I did this all on $19 of transit fare. So I can't say what it's like for a non-Mormon to live in Utah. But I can say its a great vacation destination for some urban relaxation.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I just returned from a little trip to Salt Lake City. I really enjoyed myself. People thought it was a strange destination, but it fit my goals perfectly.

I didn't want to bother with renting a car, driving in an unfamiliar city, and figuring out where to park. But I didn't want to go to the typical metropolises with great mass transit. For a city it's size, SLC has fantastic mass transit. I was in town for about 4 days, and $19 of transit fare got me all over the city on trains and buses. Bus routes in particular made it really easy to get to some out-of-the-way destinations without even needing a transfer.

I wanted to hear a unique music performance. SLC can certainly provide that; it's just early on Sunday morning instead of late on Saturday night. Choral music isn't my favorite, but with the acoustics in the Tabernacle, that's a one-of-a-kind experience. That show alone was worth the trip out there. It's like every musician is close-mic'd but better. (Except everybody in the crowd is amplified, too). It's living history.

Speaking of history, there was o shortage of interesting history to the area. I enjoyed learning about the Mormon pioneers at the history museum near Temple Square. I was a bit disappointed with the natural history museum. The exhibits were interesting, but they had so many audio/video things going at once, it was really hard to concentrat. I suppose it's for the kids. The view from the observation deck was especially enjoyable for somebody who has never been to the mountains before. The view from the library and from near the Capitol were fantastic, too.

I hadn't planned on going to that pioneer museum by the Capitol, but wandered inside. I wish I had allowed more time for that. The items and stories with them were an interesting slice of history.

I found time for a few other odds and ends, too. I saw Trolley Square and the Gilgal Sculpture Garden. I went to the classic car museum,too, but wasn't too impressed. The Tracy Aviary was an incredibly relaxing activity for a beautiful morning.

The architecture around Temple Square was amazing. Both the older buildings and the new conference center were impressive feats. That said, the most impressive religious building I saw was not Mormon. I made it over to the Cathedral of the Madeline.

I hate eating out, so I can't comment on restaurants. But $15 of groceries from Harmon's downtown covered a good chunk of my meals.

Remember, I did this all on $19 of transit fare. So I can't say what it's like for a non-Mormon to live in Utah. But I can say its a great vacation destination for some urban relaxation.
That's great that you had such a good time here in Salt Lake City. I'm glad you were able to spend enough time to actually see a few things. So many people make the city a stopover of five or six hours on their way elsewhere, and end up seeing just a fraction of what there is to do here.

Just a quick note about the Cathedral of the Madeleine... It was built in 1909. A lot of people are surprised that there were enough Catholics in Salt Lake City at that time for the Catholic Church to build a cathedral, but there were. A lot of non-Mormons came into the city early on, due to the mining and railroad industries. At any rate, the cathedral was heated for many, many years by coal. By the time I went inside it for the first time (I believe I was about 15), I thought it was beautiful, except for one thing. I couldn't figure out why anyone would paint the interior walls of their church black. The soot from the coal had so completely blanketed the walls of the cathedral that it honestly looked like they'd been painted black. You couldn't see any painting or anything underneath the soot. Between 1991 and 1993, they did a $10 million renovation. The LDS Church actually contributed $1 million towards the project, and I know there were other non-Catholic contributors as well. When the building was rededicated, they had the Mormon Tabernacle Choir come sing as part of the dedicatory service. As beautiful as the building is now, you honestly have to have seen it before the renovation to truly be able to appreciate how it looks today.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge
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I always enjoy my visits to Salt Lake City- I'm from Southern California. I especially love downtown and the skyline. Downtown is neat, clean and organized. The new shopping center is a nice place to shop and stroll around. The Temple is always impressive and the Wasatch backdrop is gorgeous. I need to eat at Red Iguana. I hear nothing but great things about the restaurant and especially their mole'! It's a must when visiting SLC.

-Cheers.
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