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Natural Wonders of  Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002 now visitors can see the Olympic Cauldron located in The Olympic Cauldron Park which is a plaza located at the south end of Rice-Eccles Stadium  on the campus of the University of Utah. Rice-Eccles Stadium was the location of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The cauldron is still operational and is lit on special occasions, including the opening weekend of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Visitors can also see the Hoberman Arch which was the centerpiece of the Olympic Medals Plaza during the 2002 Winter Olympics. It was used as the curtain for the stage and opening like the iris of our eye to create a duplicate cauldron in the floor behind the medals platform. Currently the Hoberman Arch is mounted in place and does not open or close, at night it is illuminated with colored lights. Also located inside the Olympic Cauldron Park is the visitor's center.
The Olympic Legacy Plaza is located in the Gateway District, featuring a dancing water fountain set to music and the names of 300,000 Olympic Volunteers carved in stone. Another exciting place to experience more Olympic history is at The Utah Olympic Park, located near Park City Utah. Featuring the Olympic ski jumps, bobsleigh, luge and the skeleton runs. Today the Olympic Park is used for year-round training and competitions. Visitors to the park can enjoy watching various events and even ride a bobsled. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Utah Olympic Oval located near Kearns was home to the speed skating events and is now open to the public.

Salt Lake City is located close to several world-class ski resorts and summer resorts such as Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and Snowbird. These resorts cater to millions of visitors each year and offer year-round activities for the whole family.

Salt Lake is home to the headquarters of the of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which is known today as The Mormon Church). A popular place to visit is Temple Square where you can visit the Salt Lake Temple and the visitors' centers both open to the public free of charge. Temple Square also is home to the historic Tabernacle  also know as the home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Located to the west of Temple Square is The Family History Library, the largest genealogical library in the world.


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Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports in Salt Lake City. When winter time hits Utah a combination of cold air moving across the Great Salt Lake and Utah's dry air causes an incredible amount of snow to fall in the canyons where many of the ski resorts are located. Dropping an average of 500 inches of the driest, lightest powder snow each year giving Utah the title of having the greatest snow on earth. Drawing skiers an snowboarders from around the globe to make their marks in the fresh, fluffy, deep powder. For those skiers who aren't ready for the deep powder, the ski resorts use top of the line grooming equipment to pack the down the slopes making them nice and smooth for skiers to carve their turns. And for the beginners these groomed slopes offer a soft, fluffy, groomed trails to cushion your fall should you have one.
Several Salt Lake City ski resorts are located in beautiful, steep canyons offering spectacular views of Salt Lake Valley and they are minutes apart of each other and the Downtown area of Salt Lake City. You can stay in the city and drive to several of the ski resorts each day or you may choose the ski-in ski-out option and stay at the resort of your choice and never have to leave during your stay. During your ski vacation if you are staying in the downtown area you will enjoy a nice selection of fine restaurants and great night clubs and bars to keep you going all night if skiing didn't wear you out.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding Utah offers some of the best snowmobiling in the world. If your are an experienced snowmobiler looking for a breathtaking, backcountry,  playground  Utah has them. Load up your machines and enjoy sledding on these top rated trails. If you don't own a snowmobile you can rent one for a day and let a qualified guide take you on a scenic tour along well groomed trails.
Snow adventures in Utah don't have to include resorts and lifts you may enjoy taking a romantic sleigh ride, ice skating or even tubing. There is plenty of winter activities to keep the whole family busy.
 

For the ultimate rush you should try Helicopter Skiing. Experience the thrill as you jump from the helicopter and land into endless fields of bottomless powder. Plan your once in a life time, ultimate, ski vacation with heli-skiing at Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Experience the world famous resorts, see how it feels to ski without the crowds, lifts and groomed slopes. Come and play in Utah's extreme backyard. Experience the Greatest Snow on Earth.
 


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Places to See in Salt Lake City Utah

During the summer months a visit to Lagoon Amusement Park is a great way to cool off and enjoy thrilling rides. This exciting amusement park offers several great rides, live entertainment shows, a multitude of activities to choose from and the historic Pioneer Village and Lagoon which includes a beach water park.

The year round ski resort of Snowbird offers several summer activities from aerial tram rides, alpine slide, zip rider, bungy trampoline and many other activities. It is recommended to purchase an all-day activity pass so you can ride all day long. A popular summer attraction everyone will enjoy is riding the Aerial Tram to 11,000 feet. The tram opened in 1971, the tram carries its passengers along a 1.6 mile cable and up 2900 vertical feet during the ten minute trip to the top of Hidden Peak. During the ten minute tram ride passengers can see up canyon toward Alta and down into Salt Lake Valley below covered in thousands of wildflowers and lush green mountainsides. The incredible mountain views from atop the Hidden Peak are well worth the ride.
Explore Snowbirds backcountry on guided Horseback, ATV or Polaris Crew Cab Ranger tours in the Snowbird's Mineral Basin and American Fork Canyon. All of these tours are guided and last anywhere from one hour to three hours.
To complete your family vacation take a river adventure. Experience Utah rafting and incredible canyon scenery on a one day rafting trip through Split Mountain Gorge in Dinosaur National Monument. The licensed  adventure guides not only guide your raft, but also educate you about the unique wildlife and history of Utah.
Relax and enjoy a guided Fly Fishing trip. Full day fly fishing trips include all your gear, a delicious lunch you can enjoy along the banks of one of Utah's awesome rivers. Snowbird resort offers several summertime and winter activities sure to please the whole family.