This is the Place!
This circular walking tour encompasses the two-block area known
as both the birthplace of Salt Lake City and the center of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The conglomeration
of historical homes, visitors? centers, and official church
buildings marks the spot on which Brigham Young looked down from
the mountains and declared to his followers, "This is the
Begin your tour at the original center of the city, the intersection
of Main Street and South Temple Street. Head west one-half block to
the South entrance of the Temple Square grounds and make a brief stop
at the South Visitors? Center to pick up a map of the area. To your
west, the Seagull Monument commemorates the role those birds played
in saving the pioneers? crops from a cricket infestation, and the
gothic granite-block Assembly Hall plays host to frequent organ concerts.
Head north to the Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle
Choir, and stop in for a peek at one of the worlds finest pipe organs.
To learn more about the Mormon pioneers, exit the West Temple Square
gate, cross the street, and visit an original pioneer log home?all
300 square feet of it! Excellent historical displays comprise the
Museum of Church History and Art next door.
Walk back through Temple Square, exit the north gate, and head east
along North Temple Street. Turn south at your first opportunity for
the areas best views of the Temple, which is not open for public visits.
To the north and east, the Joseph Smith Memorial Square plays home
to The Relief Society Building and The Church Office Building. Walk
east through the square to the Beehive House. Once home to Brigham
Young, this luxurious abode is now furnished with period pieces and
is open to touring visitors. If you're hungry, the Lion House Pantry
next door serves traditional pioneer cuisine.
Finally, head west along South Temple Street to the Joseph Smith Memorial
Building. Here, you can view a film depicting the immigration of the
Mormon pioneers or use the FamilySearch Center computers to track
your ancestors. Ready for more? Tour #2 begins right here!
Tour #2?Historic Salt Lake City
Architecture buffs will enjoy this circular tour that explores
heart of Salt Lake City and the historic buildings of the downtown
area. Begin your tour at The Joseph Smith Memorial Building at the
intersection of Main Street and South Temple Street. Cross South
Street and head south to 50 South Main Street, site of Americas first
department store. The original Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution
façade, a massive, columned, iron structure built in 1876, still
the ZCMI Center.
Continue south to the corner, and look west across Main Street
the McCornick Block. Although rather inconspicuous today, this 1891
building was the citys first skyscraper. Now look south across the
street to the Utah Commercial and Savings Bank Building at 22 East
100 South. Built of red sandstone in 1889, this solid, architecturally
intriguing structure is now home to the Martine Café.
Next, cross to the southwestern corner of the intersection and
the Zions First National Bank Building at 102 South Main. This
classical structure dates from 1864 and is the citys oldest
existing building. The ornate clock fronting the building began
keeping time on this corner in 1873 and was originally powered
Cross again to the east side of Main Street and continue south
to 143 South Main Street, The Salt Lake Tribune Building.
Entrepreneur Ezra Thompson built this structure in 1924 on the
site of the Salt Lake City Pony Express stop. Across the street,
the elaborate 1889 Daft Block connects by modern glass enclosure
to the Kearns Building, which was built by U.S. Senator Thomas
Kearns in 1911. The faces carved in relief along the buildings
second floor are reputed to resemble Kearns? daughter.
Continue south and turn left at 200 South. Turn left again and walk
along Regent Street. Now home to the valleys two largest newspapers,
this lane was once the haunt of loose women and hard-drinking men.
Turn right on Orpheum Avenue and walk under the parking structure.
Continue east to the corner of Orpheum and State Street, where the
Orpheum Theater has stood since its inception as a vaudeville playhouse
in 1905. The building is now owned by the LDS Church and operated
as the Promised Valley Playhouse. Cross State Street and head north
to the glass-enclosed ZCMI Center entrance at 35 South State Street.
Downstairs lies the well illustrated foundation of what was once the
Mormon pioneers? Social Hall and Utahs first theater. The modern glass
enclosure simulates the actual size and shape of the 1852 structure.
Continue north to 15 South State Street and the Hansen Planetarium,
a Beaux Arts limestone edifice constructed in 1905 as the citys first
library. Next door at 100 East South Temple, the Italian Renaissance
Alta Club Building has housed the same swanky businessmens club for
over 100 years. Finally, walk west on South Temple Street one block
to return to this tours point of origin, the intersection of South
Temple Street and Main Street.
Tour #3?Hop-on/Hop-off Trolley Tour
If your feet object to walking tours, take the trolley! Running from
early June through mid-October, the Discovery Trolley offers an all-day
pass that provides easy, inexpensive transportation between the citys
most visited sights. Begin your tour from the Salt Lake Convention
and Visitors? Bureau in the Salt Palace Convention Center at 90 South
West Temple. Here you can check out the current exhibits, chat with
tourism specialists, and shop for Salt Lake City souvenirs. Purchase
an all-day Discovery Trolley pass, pick up a map and schedule, and
you're on your way!
After departing the visitors? bureau, the trolley heads south
West Temple Street and then turns east and south towards Liberty
and Tracy Aviary. Heading north again, you'll pass Trolley Square
and the Hard Rock Café before traveling east to the Hogle Zoo, This
is the Place Heritage Park, and Red Butte Garden. Worthwhile stops
at the University of Utah include the Museum of Fine Arts and the
Museum of Natural History. The trolley route then takes you west
South Temple Street past the Masonic Temple and the Cathedral of
Madeleine before turning south on State Street to pass the Hansen
Planetarium, ZCMI Center, and the City and County Building at Washington
Square. After turning north at 400 South, the route carries you along
Main Street past the Gallivan Center and Crossroads Plaza. The trolley
loops around Temple Square and finally heads back down West Temple
to the visitors? center, point of origin for this tour.
Tour #4?Ski Utah Adventure
Had it with history? In town to ski? This tour is for you! The Ski
Utah Interconnect Adventure Tour challenges advanced skiers to an
adrenaline-packed day of backcountry skiing, traversing, and downhill
skiing at five of Utahs premier ski resorts. You'll start your day
at Park City and work your way west through breathtaking scenery to
Solitude, Brighton, Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resorts.
Lunch is provided, as are the services of an expert guide, lift tickets
at all five resorts, an award pin, and transportation back to the
point of origin. This tour is not for the feeble! Participants must
ski at an advanced level and be in good condition. Contact the Ski
Utah organization at +1 801 534 1779 for more information and reservations.