Why little about Salt Lake City???

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1. Posted by Gareth88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

I'm interested to know, why are there no threads about Salt Lake City?

There must be someone who lives there, or has been there, or even just knows someone who's seen the place.

Can anyone tell me about the place?


2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well I was in Salt Lake several years ago on a rock climbing trip, and I have few things to mention about this city.

-The skiing and climbing in the area is outstanding.
-Close side trips to other Utah destinations.

The other interesting thing about Salt Lake is I beleive that it is the only city in America where the church runs the city. The mormon religion is based in the city, and they have basically all say politically. The even passed a law that makes special beer brewed for Utah. All beer has 3.2% alcohol. The exception is if you pay a fortune for a real six pack in a liquor store. Sunday's the city is empty. Everyone is in church.

Disclaimer: I maybe wrong in exactly what I have said. This knowledge is based on speaking with local people in the city.

3. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Use SLC as a gateway to the region, because as a city it's well kept but quite dull. The city sits in the Wasatch Valley surrounded by mountains.

I fly in monthly due to corporate business commitments.
The airport is easy in and out as a regional resource. Southwest Airlines has great options for inexpensive flights, especially from Southern California airports (I am assuming that as a Kiwi you will be coming via Los Angeles). Delta also has flights but I prefer Southwest's all-Boeing 737 fleet and friendlier staff.

You'll have a lot of fun in nearby Park City especially if you ski. There is an excellent brew pub in PC which I highly recommend,http://www.wasatchbeers.com/index.html

SLC is also convenient to states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. To Utah's credit, their highways and roads are excellent and well maintained if you choose to drive regionally (and in the US we drive on the right side, or opposite of New Zealand).

Best of luck.

4. Posted by usha (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

the surrounding areas of salt lake (all the cities that just sort of blend together) are rather dull, but the actual city is pretty interesting. temple square is really pretty even though i'm not mormon. surrounding the temple square area there are a lot of pretty tree lined streets with steep hills and old houses. there are also some nice restaurants and places to shop (like gateway) and movie theatres that play indie and foreign films.

5. Posted by Gareth88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys thats awesome, much appreciated!

Anyone else have any experiences there?

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My parents lived in SLC for a bit while I was in college and I have been there quite a bit. I have to agree with Boreal's points about the skiing and climbing and the side trips. I come from a ski area in Colorado, and I'll flat out admit, Utah has better skiing than we do.

That said, there is a reason that a relatively fewer number of people decide to visit Utah than Colorado, and politcal-correctness aside, it is the Mormon religion. It dominates the state's politics and laws and doesn't make for a very lively and fun place if you are not of the same beliefs. And as far as cities go, well, there are definitely more interesting ones to visit in the States.

A big BUT, Utah is absolutely beautiful. Especially if you head to the Southwest to places such as Moab, Zion National Park, Canyonlands, etc. You won't see many places like this in the world and I would consider it a "must-see" that often goes unnoticed by foreign visitors to the United States. If you're into mountain biking, the Moab area is among the best in the States, if not the world.

So my advice, definitely visit Utah, but don't linger in Salt Lake City too long.

7. Posted by man007 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

well as someone who has traveled to utah alot. I would say that unlike most cities that advertise all of their activities for everyone to see from the street, SLC has everything you can find in any city. Strip clubs to Opera. you fill find that you have to know where they are or be able to ask someone where the good ones are. It is a big city but with a small town attitude. Are there members of the LDS church? yes, are they helpful? absolutly. Are there bars? everywhere. Cultural diversity? some of the largest communities i have seen, you just dont get them in the form of most cities like SF where you have china town and little italy. In SLC everybody melts together, you will find they live closely if with in the same financial status very much like other cities.

As for the Mormon's I have yet to find a city of religious people who were kinder and more open to others ideas. If you understand that Mayor Newsome is extremly Liberal and NOT a Mormon, i would find it hard to see how the politics are Mormon. Does the Mormon Church own a lot of property? Yes, does that dictate some politics, yes. Does that mean everything is done the mormon way? No.

I would suggest that you. drive to Temple Square park and start walking. Get to know what makes them tick by learning about them. Then when night hits and you go back to your hotel, there will most likely be a bar or a worker that can tell you where you can go to have fun. Let me give you a list of what they might tell you.
1. Strip Club
2. Lesbian/Gay Club with gogo dancing
3. Other alternative dancing with cages for guys and girls
4. Private clubs for dancing and drinking
5. No here is the real intersting thing..... dance clubs where there is a clothing standard, and no drinking. No this is something you cannot find in most cities, a place where you can take your kids with out being embarrased, or your parents for that matter.

Now, some people might say that the mormons are prudes, i would say they are people that believe they are held accountable for their actions and they let you be accountable for your own.

Good luck and have fun. if you want to know specific things to do let me know.

8. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The mormon church is a huge influence in Utah but a bit less so in SLC. In fact about half the residents identify themselves as non-Mormon and I believe the mayor is non-Mormon. This is due to the high number of businesses that have relocated themselves and their employees in the last 2 decades.

I'm not a Mormon either. You know what? So what! Utah is hands down one of the most beautiful places on earth to see. Chock full of one spectacular piece of scenery after another. If you are a skier or snowboarder it's definitely a place to try (remember the Winter Olympics were there in '02). If you are into the outdoors you'll love it. Want night life and gambling? Your not too far from Colorado and Mesquite Nevada. And SLC is less strict than the rest of Utah due to the higher percentage of non-Mormons.

BTW the Mormons I know are all nice people and they'll give you a big welcome to Utah.

9. Posted by Goretex (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It's boring... that's why. I had to stay there for 3 days on business and it was absolutley the most boring city ever created. Stay away. Just go there if you want to ski or enjoy nature. Don't go for any other fun.

10. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

SLC is a very organized city. Only major city I've seen in the US where the roads are laid out in a grid-like fashion and numbered/named logically, so a visitor can easily find his or her direction.