Rich history and many one-of-a-kind locations make Salt Lake City a fantastic location for sightseers to explore. This week we present five tourist attractions to enjoy while attending the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention, Sept. 21–23.
Close to convention headquarters:
Utah’s Hogle Zoo (2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., SLC) is a great place to spend the early portion of your evening. With the recent addition of an African Savanna exhibit, there are now over 42 acres of pathways for visitors to view the zoo’s nearly 800 animals. The zoo houses many endangered species, as well as its most popular animals: the polar and grizzly bears, African lions, river otters and elephants.
Mormon pioneers settled the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 after emigrating from various locations in the eastern United States. Upon settling the valley, a variety of buildings were built in the area now known as Temple Square (Main St. and South Temple St., SLC). Visitors are welcome to explore historic buildings, visit museums and enjoy the beautiful horticulture surrounding the property. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, the Nauvoo Café, located inside the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, provides affordable sandwiches, pot pies and muffins. The café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
City Creek Center (50 S. Main St., SLC), one of the nation’s largest mixed-use downtown developments, is a five-minute walk north of convention headquarters at The Grand America Hotel. The mall features over 110 stores and restaurants underneath its high-tech retractable glass roof. The mall offers a cozy atmosphere accented by creek waters running throughout the property. City Creek is a great place to relax, spend an evening and maybe even do a little shopping!
Up for a short road trip?
If you’re looking for a unique twist to your visit, Antelope Island State Park (4528 W. 1700 S., Syracuse), a 45-minute drive north from Salt Lake City, can provide just that. An abundant collection of wildlife is supported by the Great Salt Lake’s waters, which surround the island. Herds of free-range bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and mule deer roam its sandy shores. The Island Buffalo Grill, located on the north end of the park, is open for dinner and offers picturesque views of the lake.
The 2002 Winter Olympics helped cement Salt Lake City’s spot on the world map. Utah Olympic Park (3419 Olympic Pkwy., Park City) provides an interactive experience for its visitors against the mountainous backdrop of the Wasatch Range. One of the park’s signature summer activities is the Comet Bobsled. With a seasoned bobsled pilot, three individuals are invited to ride the same track Olympians sped down in 2002. If you’re not feeling so ambitious, the park’s museum of articles related to the 2002 Winter Olympics is a nice alternative.
This list will give you a variety of tourism opportunities to choose from while planning your stay during the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention.
Next week’s blog post will examine Salt Lake City’s Top 5 Cocktails.