Lake is not known for it's architecture. There are
however a few gems. There are some beautiful structures
from the turn of the century and a handful of modern
buildings. The Salt Lake City Library, for example
was designed by Moshe Safdie and is one of the finest
examples a public library anywhere. Exchange place
contains several turn of the century office buildings.
Below are a few examples of Salt Lake Architecture.
City is only about thirty minutes from
Salt Lake. An old mining town established in 1872, the
city didn't become a resort town until well after the
turn of the century. Though a fire destroyed much of
the city in 1898, many of the structures and homes built
immediately after the fire survive today and the city
still manages to retain much of it's charm in spite
of some major growth over the last decade. Three of
the seven ski resorts accessible from Salt Lake are
located here and it is home to the Sundance film festival.
Wikipedia again has a pretty comprehensive history of
the area at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_City,_Utah
of the wonderful things about Salt Lake is the proximity
to the outdoors, especially the mountains. The Salt
Lake Valley has a population of around a million people,
yet I could be on pair of skis within half an hour of
locking my back door...and I lived near downtown. There
is camping about 20 minutes from town and reasonable
fishing as well. You can hike and mountain bike literally
within sight of downtown SLC. The Wasatch Range of the
Rockies is not as high as many of the ranges in Colorado
and Montana. The peaks run from about 9,000 to 12,000
ft, while the Front Range (Denver) has many peaks over
14,000. Unlike many other ranges however, the peaks
rise directly from the valley floor at about 4,500 ft,
so the vertical rise is truly impressive.
as a Utah native, I feel compelled to dispel a few myths
about my beloved hometown. First and foremost, yes you
CAN get a drink, (a new distillery making fine rye whiskey
has even opened recently). They do make you go through
some hoops on occasion, but you need only remember a
few basic rules. 3.2 beer only in the grocery and convenience
stores. Pretty similar to a lot of other states. Bars
serve beer and wine, private clubs sell hard liquor.
Now the term private club is used pretty loosely. In
the past it usually meant that you were a "guest"
of the owner, though I believe they may have closed
that loophole. Now days, it usually it means you pay
a cover charge and that buys you a doorstep membership
(the group you are with are then your guests). Hard
liquor is purchased at state run liquor stores which
operate pretty much the same way any other liquor store
does, but they are closed on Sundays and holidays, so
plan ahead. To buy liquor at a restaurant, you must
have food in front of you unless it's a brew pub. Congratulations,
you've just completed Utah drinking 101.
as of July 2009, the state is finally doing away with
the, much maligned, private club law. I understand the
next law up for possible change is the law limiting
the number of liquor licenses available for new establishments).
is not Mormon and like any other religion, those that
are LDS practice their faith with varying degrees of
intensity. I've gotten drunk with plenty of Mormons,
especially in my college days. About 60% of Utahns are
LDS, but only about 40% of Salt Lakers and again, most
are not firebrands. Rural areas of Utah tend to be more
heavily LDS than urban areas. The conflicts come not
because Mormons are fanatics, or even very fundamentalist,
but because most Utah politicians are Mormon and feel
the need to prove it to their constituency.
there are plenty of things to do in SLC. The sidewalks
do not roll up after dark. There are legal limits to
how late bars can stay open and how late you can have
live-public entertainment, but there are many options....concerts,
sporting events, skate parks, symphony, ballet and acting
companies to name a few If you feel the need to drink
at a different watering hole every night for weeks on
end, then SLC is probably not for you but hey, Vegas
is only a five hour drive or $85.00 flight away.
Salt Lake does have a diverse population. True, it's
not New York, but all major religions are represented
and about 20% of the population is minority. Salt lake
has the largest Tongan population outside of the pacific
islands. That's probably because Tonga has the highest
percentage of LDS faithful outside of Utah.
oh yeah...the greatest snow on Earth is only half an