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    What's an Inversion?

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    For this one, you really can't control if its going to be there. Unless you know someone high up! Its called an inversion. It, I'm sure, is some complicated meteorological phenomenon which I definitely don't understand. But, what it produces is a cloud cover over the city, while it is clear above it. Looks somthing like this...

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    See a Basketball Game!

    by GracesTrips Updated Jan 3, 2008

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    I'm so glad I bought tickets for the Utah vs. Celtics basketball game. The seats weren't great but what do you expect for $30 for a pair of tickets! It was entertaining and I think the entire town of Salt Lake City had to be there. The Utah Jazz has some truly loyal fans (from where I was sitting). Easy to get the the venue. Park where ever you can.

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    International Peace gardens

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This hidden gem I think is a much more interesting place to visit than the Red Butte Gardens. It consists of cultural displays from 15-20 countries along with a display of indigenous fauna from these countries. Best of all, it's free.

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    Log Cabin and garden downtown

    by 807Wheaton Written Jul 8, 2007

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    This is log cabin is one of the very few that remain from the early days when the pioneers were settling the Salt Lake City area. There is a very nice garden around here with lots of old fashioned flowers and plants. You can look inside the cabin, but you can't go in.

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    Leonardo Museum

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2011

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    I haven't been to see this new science museum, so can't write much about it. I just wanted to put this in for now so that I will remember to come back later with more info. It is using the refitted space from the old library (though it was the new library back when I was growing up and the old old library was what became the Hansen Planeterium- since replaced by the Clark Planeterium,,,which is another tip I need to add,,, and the Hansen Planeterium/old library is now home to the OC Tanner Jewelry. I know lots of unneeded info, I just felt like sharing.) I'll be back with more when I've actually visited the Leonardo, but take a look at the website to see what it is all about.

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    Utah Museum of Natural History

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2011

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    This museum has been updated, moved and re-envisioned and is now open in a brand new facility near Red Butte Garden. I will add more after I have visited the new digs. Lots of excitement and buzz about it.

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    Memory Grove

    by Segolily Written Dec 3, 2011

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    Want a quick get away from the noise of the city? Memory Grove is the mouth of City Creek Canyon. City Creek runs just east of Capitol Hill. A short walk up North Temple past State Street bearing left around the City Creek Park on to North Canyon Road will lead you to the entrance of Memory Grove. It is a small memorial to veterans of all wars. City Creek runs through it, there is a pagoda and small chapel, plaques and tended flower gardens. A small meeting house can be rented. It has been the scene of weddings and funerals, socials, and more. No cars are allowed through Memory Grove.

    Leading north from Memory Grove City Creek Canyon continues for several miles and is a popular jogging and biking path, in the summer cars are only allowed with prior reservations and on alternating days.

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    Salt Lake City Council Hall

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    From 1866 to 1894 this building was the Salt Lake City Hall. From 1894 to 1915 this served as the city's police headquarters, and in 1961, the building was actually moved from it original location at First South and 120 East to its present location on Capitol Hill.

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    DOWNTOWN

    by Segolily Updated Mar 5, 2011

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    Downtown is the heart of the city. Headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints there are plenty of buildings related to the church: the tallest building, the well known Temple Square, the Family History Library, the large Conference Center, the historic Beehive House and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, to name a few.

    Then there are the malls. Gateway is an open mall with restaurants, up scale shops, the Clark Planetarium and an interactive fountain.
    Not yet open is the new City Creek development. Taking the place of the old Crossroads and ZCMI malls the excitement is building as this takes shape in the traditional shopping area.

    Also downtown are: the interesting City and County building, the award winning City Library, the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Abravanel Hall Concert venue, the Capitol Theater- home of the Ballet West, the Energy Solutions Arena home of the Utah Jazz, and Cathedral of the Madeleine-the exquisite gem of the Salt Lake Catholic diocese.

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    CAPITOL HILL

    by Segolily Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    The next neighborhood to explore is Capitol Hill
    Up the hill at the head of State Street is the Utah State Capitol. It is an interesting building to tour and visit both inside and out. On the grounds are memorials to war veterans beginning with the men and women of the longest US infantry march, the Mormon Battalion up to Vietnam.

    The Utah Travel Council is located across the street from the capitol. Originally the City Hall it was relocated in the '60's and put to other use.

    West of the Capitol is the Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum. This is home to many pioneer artifacts donated by the daughters of those who came to Utah prior to the railroad.

    There are some very interesting homes in this area, one of my favorite is the McCune Mansion which has had a varied history and is currently available for special occasion rental.

    The Marmalade district holds fast to the west hillside with narrow streets and old homes, mostly restored, here you will find the nice Em's Restaurant.

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    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

    by Segolily Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    The University of Utah and the area surrounding it has its own distinct character. Catering to the students there are classic eateries such as the Pie Pizzaria. Here are arts and science museums and concert halls, stadiums and basketball arenas. There is a sense of energy here that higher learning always seems to bring out.

    The University keeps expanding. The original "U" on 3rd south and just east of 13th east has the old and grand buildings, the Park Administration building, the original library then Natural History Museum and now slated for renovation; the Gardner Music Hall and Kingsbury Hall where concerts are held.

    A little south is Pioneer Theater and Rice Eccles Stadium. In the middle is the newly renovated Marriott Library and the Fine Arts Museum.

    The U extends now up to the foothills taking over where the Old Fort Douglas was originally. Red Butte Garden and the new Museum of Natural History will be found at the southeastern end.

    On the east bench are also located the University Hospital, Primary Children's Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Moran Eye Center, Utah Diabetes Center and research and clinic support.

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    9Th & 9TH or LIBERTY PARK

    by Segolily Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    In the heart of the city are a couple other areas that are notable.

    First is what is known as 9th and 9th. Located at the intersection of 9th east and 9th south, anchored by the Tower Theater, home of Independent films and festivals, this is an eclectic little area with small shops selling a variety of items. The surrounding neighborhood has a distinct feel to it, artsy, nouveau, alternative.

    Liberty Park is very close by and might be said to be the primary name of this area. Liberty Park is the premier city park and has a pond, lots of grass, tennis courts, play area. It is also home to the Tracy Aviary and the wonderful interactive Seven Canyons Fountain.

    Also close by is Trolley Square, converted from old trolley barns it is a nice place to shop and eat.

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    SUGARHOUSE

    by Segolily Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    A large commercial area at the southeast end of town is Sugarhouse. This area was built around an old sugar mill back in the 1800's.

    The state prison was also built here at the edge of town. (In a sad footnote to history Joe Hill a member of the "Wobblies" was convicted of murder and executed at the prison). When Sugarhouse became a suburban shopping area in the '50's that kept on growing the prison was relocated.

    With easy access off of I-80 Sugarhouse is chock full of older homes, nice neighborhoods, shopping, libraries, restaurants and a hidden little natural area, "Hidden Hollow".

    The area that the term "Sugarhouse" encompasses has expanded in recent years. But it definitely includes the sprawling Sugarhouse Park.

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    THE AVENUES

    by Segolily Written Mar 4, 2011

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    East of Capitol Hill and separated from it by Memory Grove and City Creek Canyon is the area known as the Avenues. This area was built on the hills and as such has smaller blocks and narrower streets than the rest of the valley. Here is an intimate neighborhood, extending to the University, with eclectic shops and tiny surprises. At the east end is the sprawling and interesting City Cemetery.

    Bordered by South Temple where many of the elegant mansions of old were built you'll find the Cathedral of the Madeline, The Governors Mansion, Shriners Hospital, LDS hospital and Salt Lake's only hostel.

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    15TH & 15TH

    by Segolily Written Mar 4, 2011

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    In the heart of an older residential area is a very small area now known as 15th and 15th (15th So and 15th E). The commercial part of this area is so small you might miss it if you blink.

    Anchored by one of the last independent bookstores in the valley, "The King's English". There is also a good Middle Eastern restaurant, "Mazza".

    Nearby, and sometimes considered part of Sugarhouse is the independent Westminster College.

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