Salt Lake Valley was settled in 1847 by Mormon pioneers
(members of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The area offered
a haven to practice their religion free from persecution.
After an arduous trip by covered wagon through rough terrain,
their leader, Brigham Young, spotted the valley and uttered
the now-famous words, "This is the right place!" Little
did he realize it would be the place for business, culture,
fine dining, city adventures and a candidate for the 2002
Winter Olympic Games!
population is 1.8 million and 765,000 people live in the
Salt Lake area. Utah has:
One of the 10 lowest violent crime rates
The youngest population
One of the highest birth rates and the second lowest
The healthiest population
The highest literacy rate
The highest percentage of high school graduates
The highest number of people with college education's
& Employment. Utah
The second largest concentration of computer software
One of the four largest concentrations of biomedical
firms (Salt Lake)
450 high technology firms employing 13,000 workers.
trade, government and manufacturing are Utah's top four
areas of employment. In 1994, CFO Magazine ranked Salt
Lake as one of the best environments for business. In
October 1993, Salt Lake tied with Indianapolis, Indiana
as the eighth best place to live in North America.
Highways 15 and 80 intersect in Salt Lake. "Conde Nast
Traveler" magazine ranked Salt Lake City International
Airport the ninth best in the U.S. The airport's new International
Building has customs and a duty free shop. Salt Lake International
City Airport is closer to the heart of the city it serves
(a ten minute drive) than nearly any other US airport.
Nine major airlines and two regional carriers serve Salt
Lake, offering a total of 624 arriving and departing flights
daily, with 75,000 passenger seats. As the "Crossroads
of the West" at least half of America's population is
located within a 2 1\2 hour flight from Salt Lake.
Hotels - Motels,
Restaurants & Nightlife. Visitors
to Salt Lake have their choice of 11,000 hotel rooms and
7,000 rooms in nearby communities. There are more than
300 restaurants in the Salt Lake area. Seventy-five restaurants
and numerous nightclubs are within walking distance of
the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Delta Center Arena
and downtown hotels. Alcoholic beverages may be served
with meals in restaurants and hotels. Drinks are also
available in non-exclusive clubs where visitors are welcome
to purchase temporary memberships at a nominal fee. Liquor
can be purchased in state liquor stores located in the
Salt Lake area.
million people visit the Salt Lake area each year. Sixty
percent of the skiers at Salt Lake ski resorts are out-of-state
and international visitors. In 1995, Life Magazine ranked
Salt Lake as one of the top vacation getaways.
& Recreation. Nine
resorts, three cross country ski areas and the nation's
only recreational ski jumping complex are less than an
hour's drive from downtown. During warmer seasons, Salt
Lake canyons are filled with hikers, cyclists, rock climbers
and picnickers. Utah is the home of the US Ski Team. Salt
Lake's low humidity (normally 15% or less) makes outdoor
recreation more comfortable in both summer and winter.
Sports fans enjoy two professional teams: The Utah Jazz
- NBA basketball The Utah Grizzlies- IHL Hockey The Salt
Lake Buzz - Triple A baseball
Lake is the perfect destination for patrons of the performing
The Utah Opera Company
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Repertory Dance Theatre
Numerous theater groups
The Utah Symphony (12th largest in the US)
Fifteen art galleries are within minutes of downtown
hotels. Five more are only a short drive.
of note in Salt Lake include:
The Museum of Natural History
The Utah State Historical Society
The Utah Museum of the Fine Arts
national parks are less than a day's drive from Salt Lake.
Five of those are located in Utah.
attractions for Salt Lake Visitors include: Historic
Temple Square, The
Beehive House, The
Bingham Copper Mine (world's largest open pit mine),
Salt Lake, Antelope
is the Place Monument and State Park, The
Utah State Capitol Building.
walking distance of Salt Lake's Delta Center Arena and
downtown hotels, visitors can explore the ZCMI Center
Mall and Crossroads Plaza, two of the largest indoor shopping
malls in the country. Many of the shops are open every
day and stay open late on weekdays.
Square, a restored historic trolley station turned shopping
mall, is a few blocks from downtown Salt Lake.