Salt Lake City Information
Thousands of tulips in all varieties and colors are a gift to spring visitors to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square. The gardens have been recognized with prestigious awards from gardening organizations, but are designed to display the beauty and diversity of God’s creations.
Everyone knows SLC (as it is called by the locals) is the closest airport to the most national parks, the closest airport to the most ski resorts, and the closest airport to the most superlative natural scenery in the world. And way too many people don’t even see the city in their hurry to recreate. On the map, SLC appears to be just another city between Denver and Las Vegas: however, SLC is on the map for only one reason–history.
The history is simple: a dry, salty waste ignored by natives, explorers, and settlers alike until the largest religious migration in recent history built a city to their God. There is no SLC without the Mormons–never was, and never could have been. Those who so cavalierly overlook or ignore (or even degrade) the religion, miss the whole city. And truth to tell, most tourists miss it, perhaps because it is perched so squarely in the middle of everything desirable. Every other block sports a monument to one idea–that people can rise above anything they ever thought possible before. The floral gardens and city parks are a bold contradiction of the weather and soil. Nothing should grow in that arid, alkaline clay, but the cherries are superior to Maryland, and the apples are superior to Washington.