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Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populated city in Utah. The city was founded by settlers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) in 1847, when their prophet Brigham Young guided the group from Missouri west to find a sanctuary from persecution. The city lies in a valley almost surrounded by mountains, with the remnants of prehistoric Lake Bonneville (Great Salt Lake) as its major feature. Though the valley was bleak with just sagebrush and lizards as inhabitants, the settlers saw the value in staying. With the Jordan River flowing through the valley, fresh water was available and soon canals were dug and crops planted. Many more Mormon pioneers soon filled the valley, with all aspects of the community including politics, economy, and family life all tied to the church. By the 1870's numerous other pioneers had moved to the valley, and by the 1900's Salt Lake City had transitioned into a typical American city. Ask any Bed and Breakfast innkeeper for more information and directions to various historic sites in the city.
Visitors to the Salt Lake Valley area have numerous opportunities for a vast variety of activities. Within the city, visit Historic buildings and sites belonging to the Mormon Church, museums of fine arts and natural history, and numerous theaters and performance centers. The University of Utah and The State Capitol building sit “on the bench” and overlook the Salt Lake valley. B & B innkeepers are also sources for info on the popular Hogle Zoo, State historic and pioneer parks and farms, Tracy Aviary, and the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine all of which attract visitors and locals alike.
Salt Lake is also host to numerous events throughout the year. Festivals range from those that feature the cultures of the area’s ethnic populations, film and art festivals, rodeos, and the County and State Fairs. Celebratory parades range from Gay Pride to St. Patrick's Day and the Days of '47. Athletics and sports range from the numerous youth and club tournaments, the Utah Winter Games and marathons, to professional teams of basketball, soccer, baseball, ice hockey, and auto and motorcycle racing.
Golfers, skiers, runners, mountain and road bike enthusiasts all find numerous trails, courses, and runs from which to choose. Nine Mountain Resorts are in close proximity for snow sports and mountain biking and hiking. Rocky canyons attract hikers and climbers. Numerous golf courses often remain open year round for the serious or casual golfer. Schedules, ticket information, and brochures can be found at bed and breakfasts throughout the area.
Known as the Crossroads of the West, Salt Lake City also provides visitors a base from which they can visit Utah's famed Mountain Resorts, OR travel to one of the West's National Parks or Monuments. Within a 4-5 hour drive, visitors can be in the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, Nevada's Great Basin, or Colorado's Ancestral Puebloan sites.
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