How much time and money do these tourists spend in Salt Lake City while visiting
Temple Square?What do these visitors learn or enjoy while in our
happy capital city?
I think it is such an awesome addition to our downtown environment. It is
beautiful, asthetically pleasing, and calming. And free! I think
all major cities need something like this for tourists to visit and get a taste
of what makes their state different and unique.I love that LDS and
non-LDS can enjoy each other. Respect is a beautiful thing!
It really doesn't matter, but I don't really think that religious folks
gathering at a religious site should be counted as tourists for this kind of
listing. By that measure, the biggest tourist attraction in some towns is the
local megachurch.But there are a lot of tourists too. I went there
as a child on a family vacation, and we weren't Mormon.
To uncannygunman: I'm sorry, I don't follow your line of logic but, what the
hey, this used to be America where it was okay to think a bit differently. It used to be okay.
uncannygunman has no logic.
I have a fondness for Salt Lake City because I visited during Christmas in 1987.
I asked my spouse to marry me that week. She and I then went to see the lights
at Temple Square. Very romantic. Since then I visited on business while working
for a genealogy on-line company. Now all I have are memories of a very beautiful
place. The Family History Library rocks!
Actually, I think uncannygunman has a good point. I didn't even really think
about that. However, It's a great place to be and definitely worth the visit.
Good point??? Lets see, I live in Uruguay....I have always wanted to visit New
York City and Salt Lake City. One for the sights of NY (and I would go visit the
Temple,) and the other for the sights of SLC (and I would go visit the Temple.)
Why am I not considered a tourist just because I belong to the Church? That is
not a good point. These are just two places I long to visit. I will not live
there, I will not work there, but I will visit these places and then go back
home with pictures on my camera and memories on my mind. Give me a break.
Somebody who doesn't like the church willing to tear down around every corner.
What else is there in downtown SLC to see? People don't visit Temple Square
because of anything valuable. There just isn't anything else around. It's the
only game in town. That is what the Church is good at, monopolizing Utah
geographically, politically, socially and economically.
Going to Temple Square in SLC was the first vacation I ever went on while
growing up. I loved it. Those that actually think it shouldn't count are also
those that grew up with money and probably have traveled outside the country for
a vacation. Not everyone grows up with money or can even afford to get too far
from home but Temple Square can be a great place to take the family with both
the beehive house and pioneer park all close by.
There are so many things to do in downtown Salt Lake City. You can attend a play
or watch the opera at the Capitol Theatre. Go see a Jazz game or concert at the
Energy Solutions Arena. Take your kids to the Discovery Gateway Museum at the
gateway. There are over 150 different restaurants, pubs and bars all within
walking distance to temple square. (I know I said pubs and bars, crazy that port
o call is not the only bar in Salt Lake. The Outdoor Retailer convention which
comes twice a year generates $26 Million in revenue for the city and state each
time. Utah's tourism industry brings almost one BILLION to the state in terms of
jobs and tax revenue. Don't underestimate what tourism can do for the state
Anonymous 9:28 - The value in Temple Square is not monetary, maybe that's why
you don't get it!
I love Temple Square. The gardens are fantastic at any season. The lights and
displays at Christmas are some of the best anywhere. I live in Texas but visit
family regularly in Utah and going to Temple Square is one of our family's
favorite activities. I have visited many sacred religious sites around the
world, from Cathederals in Europe and Buddhist temples and shrines in Taiwan and
China. Religious sights are important tourist attractions because they reflect
the spiritual foundations of great world cultures. The Salt Lake Temple is an
important symbol of a the spiritual foundation that has made America a great
world culture. I did not realize that it is one of the top 20 attractions in the
US but it definitely deserves to be.
It's been argued that Temple square should not be on the list becasue it's free,
unlike Disney World or other malls where spending money is a given.People that visit Temple Square have to eat and sleep, thus spending money in
Utah and contributing to our tourism revenue. I doubt many people come visit
Temple Square and leave the state the same day.
Anonymous 9:28, you are welcome to invest in some type of attraction downtown if
you feel there's nothing else there. If the church's involvement has left such
a void, you should be able to find plenty of lucrative niches you can fill.
I Love to visit Temple Square when I come to Utah. I loved Salt lake during the
Olympics. I love to be able to take my family to Temple Square during any
season. The Gardens are amazing, the Christmas lights are un-matched, I don't
feel pressured to join the Mormon church and don't feel like the missionaries
are there to annoy me. Thanks Mormon Church for a familiy friendly and free
Arent most of the attractions in the nations capital free, yet it is included
on the list?
AnonymousIf you don't like it here, JUST MOVE. Don't complain about
everything and stay, MOVE. Get some balls and MOVE to NY or LA. You'll fit in
Move,Just as the Prophet said for you NOT to do...When
will they ever learn?
uncanny did make a good point, i don't get what people were offended by.
Most tourist are rather dissapointed when they find out they can't actually go
inside the temple. I mean how would you feel if you went all the way to the
Vatican just to find out that you aren't allowed to go inside.
I love strolling around downtown SLC for the architecture of many of the older
buildings. I was there on Tuesday and wished that I had taken my camera with me.
Maybe Saturday I will go and take some pictures.
There are certain parts of the vatican that you are not allowed to go. What
makes that any different?
You really don't get it. People were simply identifying the reason why many
people come to Salt Lake. You seem to have a hard time with anything Mormon.
Alot of people come to hear the choir, go sking, see and use olympic venues, the
Jazz and a host of other reasons. I fail to see why it should trouble you if
people want to see the temple.
I love the Spirit on Temple Square. How about the Convention Center? With the
new Family History Library in Salt Lake City, there will always be excited
tourists/visitors anxious to take advantage of what Utah has to offer. I cannot
imagine having any problem finding something enjoyable to do in Salt Lake City
around Temple Square.
Ahhh, I can feel the love! LOLReally though, Temple square is a very
nice place to visit. Beautiful, uplifting and peaceful!
This is exciting to see that Temple Square was a top visitor's site. I served as
a sister missionary, and met many people from all over the world. The diversity
of people who come to the Square is amazing. Motorcoaches of Koreans, Chinese,
Germans can have a tour in their native language because there are sister
missionaries from their countries to guide them around. People enjoy
the calm, peaceful feeling of Temple Square, partly for the beautiful flowers,
landscaping and buildings, but also the grounds crew keeps everything so clean
and well-kept. The history and stories behind the buildings is also very
intriguing to people who take the time to learn of the sacrifices the early
settlers of Utah made. It is a family friendly environment where anyone can come
and find peace away from the hustle and bustle outside of the gates of Temple
Square. I love Temple Square and love the people who come to visit
and hope they have a good experience while they come to visit.
I have thoroughly enjoyed several visits to Temple Square; gardens, fountains,
music, and you haven't lived until you've tried Lion House cherry pie.It is a paradoxical truth that people who live among great things often tend
to be uninspired by them. For example, I know very many people in the Orlando
area that are completely unimpressed with Disney World.
If you really want to have a great memory of temple square, land some tickets to
listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra. On top of everything else
this tops off a great memory of temple square!!! I think it should
be counted if members go there because they are going for the same reasons as
everyone else is going. Their bishops are telling them to go there for worships
services and to partake of the sacrament. It's a place to behold if
one goes in the right frame of mind. Why is it all we want is to be
entertained all the time.
Opps, Typo... I meant to say "Their bishops (ARE NOT) telling them to go there
for worships services and to partake of the sacrament."
There is nothing more beautiful and peaceful than temple square no matter what
the season. The amazing part is it's all free. Anyone that has visited knows
it certainly is, very worthy, of being on the most admired sights list!
We're Arizonans on our way to SLC today to go snowboarding and yes to see the
beautiful Temple Square! I'm so glad so many people come from all over the world
to do this--there is such a special feeling there!
As one who knows the business, as I am a Motorcoach Driver from Southern
California, and Temple Square is a place that everyone wants to visit
because:1. Tour Guides are arranged for visitors-languages spoken
throughout the World.2. The Tabernacle is recognized as one of the largest
unsupported dome ceilings throughout the World and is a National Civil
Engineering Landmark.3. Mormon Tabernacle Choir for music lovers. Well
known for their Sunday morning Broadcast and Choral performances throughout the
World.4. Pioneer History explained and about their fight for Religious
Freedom.5. The Temple - out of Granite - from the inside of a mountain!!
Remember - pioneers - the tools they brought with them - Horse and Wagons.6. The Visitor Center explains the religion that gave the pioneers such strong
convictions and fortitude to go through difficult times.Next stop -
The Capitol. Most people from other countries are astounded by Religious Freedom
and our governing bodies.The Great Salt Lake - people want to go
swimming...Go on a tour of your own city and find out about local
history and see what the ordinary tourist sees.I could go on and on...find
out for yourselves - take time - educate youself.
They had mummies on Temple square within the visitor center 50 years ago? Does
anyone know what happened to the mummies, the Indian Mom, and baby in papoose?
Where did they all go? Also the stuffed seago birds?
I love Temple Square and I am so glad so many people experience the wonderful
feeling that's felt there. And I am even more excited since I just got called
to be a sister missionary at Temple Square!
The mummies are in the Historical Museum going north on Main Street from the
temple. Lots to do and see in Salt Lake but the best place is the temple.
The Temple is great The Temple is good long live the Temple... Seriously, as a
nonLDS living in Utah I enjoy going to the Temple as much as anybody else but
you all need to take a deep breath."uncanny did make a good point, i
don't get what people were offended by."I agree... People can be
VERY defensive... even when there is no reason to be.
Every anniversary my husband and I take the time to reminisce deep memories of
our Temple marriage by visiting the place that symbolizes our life together.
Throughout our 41 years we've seen tragedies and miracles within our family.
Without a doubt each visit there brings the sacred spirit deeper into our soul.
There's no place we'd rather be than at the temples of the Lord. It's not just
for the ceremony, but their truly IS a divine spirit in and around the Salt Lake
Temple. It's as though the pioneers that sacrificed so much to build this sacred
edifice are there watching over us! I believe that's what makes it such a
specialabode. One cannot help feeling something within when making this
visit each time.