Salt Lake City, UT

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The city was founded in 1847 as Great Salt Lake City by a group of Mormon pioneers led by their prophet, Brigham Young, who left behind hostility and violence in the Midwestern United States. They extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley and faced persecution from the U.S. government for their practice of polygamy, which was officially discontinued in 1890. Today, Salt Lake City is still home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, also known as the Mormon Church). According to data from the LDS Church, the State of Utah, combined with IRS and Census Bureau estimates, Salt Lake County was 53% LDS in 2004, as reported in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Here are some great things to do in Salt Lake City, UT after booking your Group Hotel through GroupHotels.com:

  • The Tracey Aviary: The oldest aviary in the U.S. features extensive collections, educational programs and exhibits of more than 130 different species of birds.
  • Salt Lake Temple: Original granite temple built for Mormon followers of Brigham Young. Originally named Mision Salt Lake City de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized Salt Lake City’s five missions and distributed their lands to remaining Indian residents. These man and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission’s but now their own, and participated in the growing community of Salt Lake City.
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir: The 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo: The zoo was founded and is operated by the Hogle family. Its original location was in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park (bordered by 500 and 700 East, and 900 and 1300 South streets). Exhibits included deer, monkeys, three elephants, and various North American birds and mammals. It officially became Hogle Zoo when it opened at the Emigration Canyon site, August 1, 1931, on a piece of land donated by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hogle. It is now owned by the city of Salt Lake City, and is supported through tax dollars and private donations raised by The Utah Zoological Association. In 2006, the zoo celebrated its 75th anniversary with free admission to persons born in 1931.
  • The Pioneer Memorial Museum: The Pioneer Memorial Museum is noted as the world’s largest collection of artifacts on one particular subject, and features displays and collections of memorabilia from the time the earliest settlers entered the Valley of the Great Salt Lake until the joining of the railroads at a location known as Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.