Historic Temple Square and the adjacent blocks to the north and east contain a number of historically significant buildings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). On Temple Square you will find the famous Salt Lake Temple which took 40 years to complete, the Tabernacle, the Assembly Hall and two visitor centers. The Church Office block, just across the street to the east, contains the high-rise which houses the Church offices, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (previously the famous Hotel Utah), the Lion House, the Beehive House, and Eagle Gate. A newly constructed pedestrian mall joins Temple Square with the Church Office block and just across from Temple Square to the north is the new 21,000 seat Conference Center. Also located nearby is the Mormon Genealogical Library, which houses the largest collection of genealogical records in the world.
Energy Solutions Arena / Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz play at the Delta Center, located less than ten minutes drive from the Ellerbeck Mansion. During their off season, you can also enjoy various cultural events and concerts. Other sporting events located in nearby stadiums include the Buzz (triple A baseball), and the Grizzlies (hockey), and Real Salt Lake (soccer). The University of Utah also boasts excellent football and basketball teams. Go Jazz!!
The best Snow on Earth!
Within a 30 to 45 minutes drive, find yourself at one of twelve world class ski resorts. Home to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City is proud of its high quality, beautiful ski resorts which top the Rocky Mountains. Let us help you find your way to the best snow on earth!
Old Deseret Village/This is the Place Monument
The Old Deseret Village re-creates the pioneering atmosphere of early Salt Lake City. Wander the dirt roads side-by-side with pioneer men and women, and watch out for the horse drawn wagons! This is the Place Monument, located near the Village, commemorates Brigham Young’s famous words as he and his wagon train entered Salt Lake Valley for the first time, “This is the right place.” The Mormon pioneers continued on from this spot and settled the Great Salt Lake valley.
The Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is the remains of pre-historic Lake Bonneville. One of the world’s largest inland bodies of salt water, the Great Salt Lake is a beautiful place to swim, boat, or just enjoy the sunset. Antelope Island, accessible by car, is an animal preserve where you can enjoy antelopes and bisons in their natural habitat. Also located nearby are the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, well known among car racing aficionados.
Gardner’s Historic Village
Originally a grain mill, Gardner’s Historic Village is now a collection of historic homes converted into quaint shops. Wander through the “lanes” and pick up hand-made lace and quilts, original paintings, old fashioned candy, victorian reproductions, and other items. The shops surround the old mill which now serves as a restaurant. A museum explaining the history of the mill sits at the center of the village.
Park City: Historic Main Street
Park City is a historic town set in the heart of the mountains, only a thirty minute drive from down town Salt Lake. Wander the shops on historic main street, eat at the variety of restaurants, visit the factory outlet shops, ride the “Great Silver Mine Adventure”, or visit the museum. If you miss the winter skiing, visit the Alpine Slides during the summer months.
Historic Homes Tour
If you enjoy historic architecture, be sure to visit the Utah Historic Society and pick up a copy of the self-guided walking tour. Tours vary in length, and take you through various time periods and architectural styles. This is a great way to get a flavor for the beauty of Salt Lake.
Shopping is available downtown, and at the Gateway Center, both within walking disance of the Ellerbeck Mansion. Shopping is also available at the Park City Outlet Mall and the VF Factory Outlet in Draper. Both are about a 30 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake. We can help you find your way!