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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Ancient Landscape, Modern Living - This Is The 'New Utah'

Canadiantraveller.net has this fun article with this title:

Ancient Landscape, Modern Living - From Salt Lake City
To Soaring Peaks This Is The New Utah

The article's premise: What's changed in Salt Lake City since the world visited during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Much has changed, and for the better, the article says. Here are a few excerpts:

City Creek Center: “Running through the heart of the casually walkable environment is a 365-metre-long recreation of historic City Creek that once flowed through downtown and provided early settlers with water. Complementing the creek are two 5.5-metre waterfalls cascading over Utah sandstone boulders...”

Restaurants and bars: “A host of high-design, high-concept eateries have recently opened their doors in the heart of Salt Lake offering a range of American and international cuisine and making this city the hottest dining destination in the West.”

Cultural attractions are the third pillar of a thriving urban environment and Salt Lake City offers some impressive options including the stunning angularity of Abravanel Hall, located next to City Creek Centre and home of the Utah Symphony and Opera. Also situated in the downtown core and new in 2012, the visionary Leonardo museum takes an interactive approach to science, art and technology.”

Annual multi-cultural events and festivals include:
  • Pioneer Days
  • A massive three-day Pride Festival
  • Greek Festival
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Various Pacific Island celebrations
Natural history: “This rich heritage is now showcased in another Salt Lake City landmark, the stunning Natural History Museum of Utah. Opened in 2012, the Rio Tinto Center at the University of Utah is clad in 3,900 square metres of copper, echoing the colour of the landscape into which it blends so easily with rooflines that follow the silhouette of the foothills.”

“Clustered in the southern half of the state are the national parks:”
  • Arches
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Canyonlands
  • Capital Reef
  • Zion
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • The best access to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is through southern Utah
  • Mesa Verde National Park lies just over the border in Colorado
The article overlooked Great Basin National Park, which is virtually on the Utah/Nevada border.

It's a good article. We're pleased that the world sees Salt Lake as a maturing, multicultural destination with much to offer.

Read the entire article.

- Dave Webb

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