Salt Lake City is an awesome place. Most of the residents are not Mormons -- there are a lot of non-Mormons here. I meet people every month who originally planned on being here for only a few days and end up extending their stay for several weeks. Salt Lake City is a very friendly town to Mormons and non-Mormons. I'll give you an example. The other day I met two young travelers from England -- they were dressed like punks. They asked me if I knew a nice place for them to visit. I recommended the Temple Square where the old Mormon temple is located. Later that day, the same young travelers extend their stay three more days! I bet if they did not feel welcome, they would have left right away. I am not originally from Utah -- I was born in Africa and grew up in Europe. I have been all around the world and I can honestly say that Salt Lake City is my favorite place to live. I like it here because of the friendly people that live here (Mormon and non-Mormon). I like the city layout and all the beautiful mountains surrounding downtown Salt Lake.
Arthur (Camelot Hostel Owner)
The city is worth several days of exploration, with skiing in the winter, tons of history, and top quality entertainment. Affordable, interresting, and friendly for a U.S. city.
One of the first things that you will notice about Salt Lake City upon arrival is the amazing mountains that form the back drop to this beautiful city. They are literally at the doorstep of the city.
Within Salt Lake City there is much to see and do. With a high Mormon population, there are many spectacular Mormon temples and churches to visit as well as museums. You will find most of these attractions located within and around the popular Temple Square, the most popular tourist attraction in Salt Lake City, home to the Tabernacle, Salt Lake Temple, and the Family History Library. There are many visitors centers within this complex, so if you would like more information about what is going on in the area head to one of those and the friendly staff there should be able to help you out. Even if you are just out walking around, the architecture and buildings are beautiful to explore.
Another of the most spectacular things that you can experience in Salt Lake City is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or one of the many symphonies or theater shows that they have in town. Some of the music and theater productions that come out of here are absolutely stunning and well worth a night out to experience. During the winter months, Salt Lake City is a gateway to numerous ski resorts around the area. Home to the Winter Olympics in 2002, the skiing and snowboarding here is world class.
Hostels in Salt Lake City are scattered throughout the downtown region. Most of the downtown attractions are within walking distance as are most of the amenities that you will need during your stay here.
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