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What are Some Tourist Attractions in Salt Lake City?

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Salt Lake City, Utah is home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and many of the tourist attractions in Salt Lake City relate to LDS history. Salt Lake City is also known as a city of culture with many areas of natural beauty and wildlife.

The Tracy Aviary at Liberty Park features 400 birds and 130 species. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Salt Lake City for bird lovers as the Tracy Aviary is the oldest public aviary in the United States. The Aviary often has free bird shows in the summer.

Liberty Park is also known as a great spot for just resting, running around the track, walking along the pathways or playing tennis. The large Seven Canyons Fountain is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park as it topographically represents the Wasatch Mountain Canyons. The Fountain's waters run through the sculptured canyons to look like Salt Lake City’s rivers.

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The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was constructed in 1911 and refurbished in 1993 to honor and remember the founder of the LDS Church. The Family Search Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building has the most genealogical records collected in one place in the world. This is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Salt Lake City for those interested in genealogy and/or in finding information about their ancestry. The Family Search Center is a genealogical search system designed for beginners and it has more than 150 computers for the general public to use. There are guides, records and book resources here to help in the search.

The LDS-operated Family History Library close to Temple Square is also known for its genealogical searching features. However, it is designed for more experienced searchers. The Family History Library is another one of the most unique tourist attractions in Salt Lake City as it is the world's biggest library of genealogy. Nearby Temple Square houses the Salt Lake Temple, visitor's centers and the Tabernacle used by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It is free to view the visitor's centers and the Tabernacle to learn more about the Mormon religion, but the Temple is strictly for those of the Mormon faith.

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RoyalSpyder
Post 3

@Chmander - I know what you mean. For example, I'm an excellent writer. However, I usually prefer to write on my own time, as it gives me much more creativity and freedom. When I'm required to complete assignments for my college courses, I feel restricted in my writing skills.

That's not to say I become less of a good writer, as I've actually managed to impress my professors on several occasions. However, between the guidelines, word limits, and tight deadlines, my work becomes more of a requirement and less of something I look forward to.

Chmander
Post 2

Sometimes, I feel that people don't care much for history because it's usually associated with schoolwork and class lectures. In other words, some things can seem less intriguing when they're required of you.

Viranty
Post 1

This article was an interesting read, but what caught my attention the most was when it mentioned the Family Search Center, and how you can find information about your ancestry.

In my opinion, history is very significant. Initially, we might shrug it off as "boring", but it's not just limited to groan-inducing classroom lectures. We may think we know everything about our past, present and future, but we're always learning something.

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