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Salt Lake City Neighborhoods

Downtown
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Downtown

The almost fairytale-like silhouette of the Salt Lake Temple dominates the city’s oldest neighborhood, and Temple Square, the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the central point from which the entire city’s street grid originates. While Mormonism certainly looms large in these parts, it’s far from the only attraction in the city center, which is best explored on two wheels through the GREENbike SLC bike-sharing program. Within a few blocks, you can check out the ballet and the opera at the Capitol Theatre, the symphony at Abravanel Hall, dance and theater at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the NBA’s Utah Jazz at the Vivint Arena.

Park City
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Park City

Film buffs flock to this former mining town every January for the Sundance Film Festival, but at only about 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, it has become a year-round playground for city dwellers. Each winter, the town’s two ski resorts—Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort—become buzzing hives of alpine activity, and both hosted skiing and snowboarding events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Most of Park City sits at about 7,000 feet, making it a perfect summer escape as well, with mountains for climbing, trails for hiking and biking and a world-renowned distillery, High West Distillery & Saloon, for a cooldown cocktail.

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