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9 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the religious center of the Mormons (Latter Day Saints) and capital of the state of Utah. It is located in a high valley of the Jordan River, once an inhospitable tract of country between the rocky summits of the Wasatch Range, the Great Salt Lake to the northwest, and the Great Salt Lake Desert to the west.

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1 Temple Square

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Temple Square is the holy place of the Mormons. On this 10 acres square, with trees and flowerbeds, are the Mormon Temple, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Temple Annex, the Assembly Hall, several monuments, and information centers which supply information on the doctrines and the history of the Mormon faith.

2 Mormon Temple

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The Mormon Temple, in the so-called "Mormon style", was built between 1853 and 1893. At each end of this huge granite structure are three towers, the highest of which, at the east end, bears a 13 ft high gilded figure of the angel Moroni. The temple may be entered only by Mormons.

Address: 50 West North Temple Street, Salt Lake City

3 State Capitol

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At the north end of State Street, on Capitol Hill, which rises to a height of almost 300 ft above the city, is the Utah State Capitol. This Neo-Classical domed building houses the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court of Utah. It has a particularly fine interior, with its marble rotunda, the Golden Room (the Governor's reception room) and a small gallery with changing exhibits. Capitol Hill is located northeast of Temple Square at the end of State Street. Many of the city's attractions are located here, including the Marmalade Historic District.

4 Mormon Tabernacle

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The Tabernacle is a massive oval building with a dome perched on 44 sandstone piers. The sober interior, with seating for over 6500 people, is noted for its fine acoustics. At the west end is the gallery for the celebrated Tabernacle Choir, and above it is the great organ.

Address: Temple Square, Salt Lake City

5 This is the Place Heritage Park

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When, after the Mormons' 1,300 mile long trek, Brigham Young emerged from Emigration Canyon and saw the valley of his visions he exclaimed "This is the place!". This Is The Place Monument was created in 1947 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mormons' arrival in Salt Lake Valley. The State Park of the same name also includes Old Deseret Village, a living history museum built to resemble a typical mid-19th century Mormon community.

Address: 2601 East Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City

6 Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is located in Temple Square. It was built in 1911 and originally known as the Hotel Utah, but renamed in honor of the first president of the Mormon Church. Some of the decorative features include marble columns, art glass and a grand staircase. On site are the Legacy Theater, conference rooms, the FamilySearch Center, and restaurants.

7 Liberty Park

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With more than 80 acres, Liberty Park is Salt Lake City's largest public park and features a variety of recreational activities. This green space is a lovely nature retreat, with mature trees, a pond, a pool, and sports areas. The park is also home to the Tracy Aviary.

Address: 600 E 900 S, Salt Lake City

8 Tracy Aviary

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On the south side of Liberty Park is the Tracy Aviary, with huge variety of birds from North America and other parts of the world. One of the world's oldest aviaries, it was established in 1938 by a local banker.

Address: 589 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City

9 Beehive House

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The Beehive House (1854) was Brigham Young's residence as Governor of Utah and leader of the Mormons and the home of his large family of 19 wives and 56 children. On the turret of the house is a beehive, the symbol of the industriousness of the Mormons, which also appears in the state's coat of arms.

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