Econo Lodge Downtown
715 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: (801) 363-0062
Fax: (801) 359-3926
Occupying an impressive limestone structure built in 1905; this interactive museum offers the young and young-at-heart an entertaining look at the universe. An ideal reward for kids who behaved well while touring nearby Temple Square, the museum encourages participation with simulated space flights, star shows and dancing laser lights. Its Hansen Dome Theater boasts of over 200 seats and is the first of its kind to give viewers the pleasure of exploring the universe in three dimension without the use of glasses. The theater has spectacular projectors and its state-of-the-art acoustics are second to none. In addition, the Clark Planetarium is home to an ATK IMAX Theater which showcases Hollywood blockbusters along with informative films. The films generated by the Clark Planetarium have reached corners of the globe, and some of their applauded shows are Perfect Little Planet, Gateway to the Stars, Extreme Planets and the Ultimate Universe. Astronomy courses are available for all ages in the summer and special programs are scheduled throughout the year. Call ahead to find out show timings.
The Devereaux House or the Staines-Jennings Mansion dates back to the 1850s era. This historical landmark is now a classy event venue that hosts private events and functions. For details, check website.
Salt Lake City has a fair amount of parks - add this one to the list. One of downtown's respites, Pioneer Park offers a basketball court, a tennis court, a small playground area and plenty of green space.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages its patrons to trace genealogies for important religious rituals. For this reason, Salt Lake City, headquarters of the LDS Church, is home to some of the most extensive genealogical research facilities in the world. More serious than its friendly FamilySearch Center sibling, the Family History Library offers comprehensive records in catalog, computer, print, microfilm and microfiche formats. Visitors should begin their search at the user-friendly computers here or at the FamilySearch Center. Admission and use of the research records are free.
Changing exhibits of contemporary visual art are presented in a modern setting of light and wood. Numerous art workshops for both adults and children are available at UMOCA, along with educational film and performance programs. Take the kids here when they start to get bored by the summer. A small gift shop sells all things art-related. Come here to see what is happening in the Utah art scene. Admission is free.
Get your information here! Utah's most extensive visitors' bureau, this center provides guests an opportunity to plan their stay in Salt Lake City. Professional information specialists provide outstanding service and towers of brochures beckon. Exhibits introduce Utah history and a small shop provides one-stop souvenir shopping. Tickets for the Discovery Trolley can be purchased here, and free validated parking is available in the Crossroads Plaza garage across the street.
An opulent granite monument, designed in a Gothic style, the Salt Lake Temple is commonly known as the Mormon Church. As testimony of the faith and devotion of the people, this structure took over 40 years to build from 1853. Like other Latter-day Saints temples, this one too is not open for public tours and only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are permitted to enter. However, the temple grounds can be visited, making it a popular tourist attraction for those looking to experience the magnificence first-hand.
Once home of the Hotel Utah, this historical building stands majestically in downtown Salt Lake City. On the top floor are two restaurants, The Garden and The Roof, both overlooking Temple Square. The building and its facilities are owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elsewhere in the building, 13 banquet halls offer space for meetings, banquets and wedding receptions. The church welcomes members and non-members alike to use the facilities.
Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints encourages its members to trace their genealogical histories, many visitors to Salt Lake City spend considerable time in this interactive computer center and its more detail-oriented counterpart, Family History Library. Searchers plug in names, birthplaces and marriage dates, and the FamilySearch computers spit out mind-boggling arrays of genealogical records. Admission to the center is free, as is use of the 180 user-friendly FamilySearch computers. Serious searchers should call ahead for recommendations regarding pre-visit research.
The Walker Center is a historic building located in downtown Salt Lake City. Built in 1911, it was once the headquarters of Walker Bank. This beautiful skyscraper was at one time the tallest building between San Francisco and Chicago. Designed by Eames and Young, the Walker Center was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Brigham Young Historic Park is a popular spot, especially in the summer when its twice-weekly music concerts take place.
Utah's capitol building construction cost was a staggering USD 2.7 million dollars. Its rotunda reaches 165 feet and presides over an interior of marble, noted for its light color and design. Massive ionic columns, each carved from a single piece of marble, are thought to be the largest solid marble columns in the United States. Epic paintings around the arches and the rotunda represent Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers. No admission fee.