Econo Lodge Downtown
715 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: (801) 363-0062
Fax: (801) 359-3926
Nestled in a square surrounded by skyscrapers, this outdoor city center offers an ongoing variety of events that change with the seasons and provide activities for visitors of all ages. Artwork in bronze relief, frequent concerts and an evolving glass-block bridge please those who like to watch their entertainment, while a giant chess board, a winter season ice-rink and numerous festivals entice those who prefer to participate. The amphitheater at Gallivan Center plays host to varied concerts throughout the year, including the popular Twilight Series offered Thursday evenings mid-July through mid-August.
This beautiful park, dedicated to the veterans of Utah, is refreshingly quiet and serene. The towering trees throughout and the Harbor of Beauty pond create a feeling of peacefulness for those who just want a quiet, meditative walk in the park. On the east bank is the Freedom Trail. On the west, the paved path goes all the way up to City Creek Canyon. The park is dog-friendly as long as pets are leashed—however, owners may unleash dogs in the canyon.
Stretching along the banks of the Jordan River, this interesting International Peace Garden and park encourages visitors to consider the many cultures contributing to the prosperity of the Salt Lake Basin. More than 25 cultures are represented with statues, structures and garden plots. Visitors can stroll among windmills, pagodas and Viking tombs and pause for contemplation in front of statues depicting a preaching Buddha or Hans Christian Andersen. Learn something new about Utah.
This small mountain peak trail offers spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake and the surrounding valley. It's rumored that Brigham Young hiked to the peak to survey the area and discussed the plans he had for constructing the city he intended to build. To commemorate this, a small monument can be seen from the summit. A well-marked path with remarkable views, this trail is well worth a hike.
This local garden is famous for its mix of cultural heritage captured in several statues, along with quotes from Rousseau, Emerson and the Bible. Gilgal Gardens is part of (and pokes fun at) Utah cultural history, although the locals scratch their heads in wonder at some of the chosen subject matter. The garden will provide visitors with a nice stroll and will certainly arouse curiosity in all who take the time to look around. The park is open daily from 9a until dusk.
Have you ever seen a human imprinted bird? Interested? Then this downtown aviary is the place to go. Housing more than 500 birds from 150 species, this is a great place to encounter birds up close and personal. Enjoy an amazing bird show during the warmer months, and gawk at the beautiful peacocks that roam the grounds.
Salt Lake City Sports Complex and Steiner Aquatic Center is the lifeline of Salt Lake City. It is no exaggeration that this complex is world class; it was the training venue for athletes in the 2002 Olympics. The pools are Olympic sized and classes are conducted under the guidance of professional coaches. Not just sports, but also nutrition, yoga, sports psychology and dance are taught to those interested. Community service is something the complex takes seriously as it gives an opportunity to senior citizens to act as foster parents to youth with special needs. These citizens are then paid a weekly stipend.
The largest and most central property of the city's public park system, this 80 acre Liberty Park offers recreational activities for all. Children applaud the Children's Garden and boating pond, playground, amusement park and snack bar. Older visitors enjoy the swimming pool and the tennis park's 16 lighted courts. Recent developments have added a well-conceived interactive map that uses pools and fountains to depict the topography of Utah. Liberty Park is also home to the ever-popular Tracy Aviary, the Chase Mill and the Chase Home Museum of Folk Art.
Constructed in 1969, the Jon M Huntsman Center resembles a saucer from an aerial view. Don't let the pristine silver dome fool you, this place goes wild when the Utes' fans arrive to cheer the home team. Located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, this stadium is the home arena of the Utah Utes college basketball team, and is built to hold 15,000 chair seats for sports fanatics. Graduation ceremonies, gymnastics championships and prestigious world sports events are some of the other events held at this venue.
One of the city's largest parks, the Sugar House Park is a spacious retreat and is also amongst the prettiest parks to see, in any season. Several large pavilions are available for booking, but call early since they tend to go fast. There is a creek running through the park, which feeds into a duck pond on the west end. Stop by for a jog around the paved roads, or walk around the trail that lines the park's outer edge. Or, simply lie in the grass and watch the many squirrels.
Operated by the University of Utah, these botanical gardens offer visitors panoramic valley views and an extensive collection of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world. The gardens and arboretum remain open all year with displays changing to fit the season. The visitors' center offers frequent educational programs, miles of hiking trail beckon outdoor enthusiasts and light shows, chamber concerts and guided treks entertain guests throughout the year.
Located on the south side of Salt Lake City, this facility offers year-round chipping and putting greens, as well as a driving range with 30 heated stalls to hit from. The knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help with your swing, and it even uses video recordings to review and correct problems. The price is small for such an experience. The unique and challenging miniature golf course is open during warmer months, and offers two 18-hole courses.