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We want to keep you updated about all that’s happening at our hotel and in Salt Lake City and our blog is your best bet to see what’s new and now. Check back every month to see what you should be experiencing next.

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    Journey to the Great Salt Lake

    September 03, 2018

    We may be biased, but at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, we’re hard-pressed to name a place with more breathtaking landscape than the state of Utah. You’ll definitely want to venture out of the city to explore a bit during your stay here, and of course, no sightseeing trip in Utah would be complete without a visit to the Great Salt Lake. With a surface area of around 1700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the biggest naturally occurring lake anywhere this side of the Mississippi, and because the water can escape only through evaporation, salty deposits build up in the lake, hence the name. The friendly and energetic staff at the visitor’s center will be eager to help you get the most out of your day, whether you’re looking for a refreshing morning swim, a relaxed family picnic, or an afternoon of wildlife gazing. Also, while there are lots of access points for the lake, we’re partial to Antelope Island, located some 60 miles northwest of the city and open daily from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M.

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    Rock Out at The Depot

    August 06, 2018

    If you’re looking to catch an outstanding concert during your time in Salt Lake City, look no further than The Depot, our city’s premier live musical performance venue. Located in a former train depot along the historic Union Pacific Railroad, this venue opened a little over a decade ago and very soon became the go-to spot for touring acts from across the nation. The Depot has hosted everyone from Jeff Beck, BB King, and Robert Plant to Brockhampton, Cody Jinks, and Dua Lipa. With the capacity to seat an audience of 1200, The Depot offers visitors the opportunity to experience big stadium energy without sacrificing the intimacy of a more traditional nightclub setting. Performers coming to The Depot during the month of August include Beach House, Lil Night ft. DJ Flash and Flare with Concise Kilgore, The Wayne Hoskins Band, The Cadillac Three, and SALTernative.

    Address: 13 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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    Worlds of Life Converge at Hogle Zoo

    July 06, 2018

    Spanning 42 acres of pristine land on the edge of Emigration Canyon, the Hogle Zoo has been delighting visitors for over a century with majestic creatures from across the globe. Hogle’s many claims to fame include Princess Alice, whose son, Prince Utah, was the first elephant born in the state, and Shasta, the first liger (that’s a lion/tiger mix) born anywhere in the country. Princess Alice, Prince Utah, and Shasta are long gone, but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained during your day at Hogle. The African Savanna transports you to the Serengeti, where you’ll encounter giraffes, zebra, and lions. Rocky Shores showcases animals native to the coastal areas of North America, including river otters, seals, sea lions, grizzlies, and polar bears. Our favorite exhibit is probably Elephant Encounter, which houses not only the expected pachyderms but also a rare white rhinoceros. Just a quick 15-minute drive from our hotel, Hogle Zoo is the perfect family-friendly spot for a day of outdoor fun.

    Address: 2600 Sunnyside Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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    The Salt Lake City Public Library: A Work of Art

    June 06, 2018

    At the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, we love to get lost in a good book, and while your room at the hotel is as cozy a place as any you’ll find away from home, you simply must experience the Salt Lake City Public Library during your stay. With approximately half a million volumes in-house, you’ll certainly find something good to read, but the building itself, designed by celebrated architect Moshe Safdie, is a truly breathtaking work of art. Four of the library’s floors are adorned with spiraling fireplaces reminiscent of the blazing pillars of Exodus, and virtually every part of the library is saturated with natural light. Stroll along the six-story wall that curves gently along the central plaza. Have a bite at the café; then sit down in the reading area at the southern end of the building, where you can alternate between your book and the sublime views of the city and mountains, or opt instead for the full, 360-degree perspective afforded by the roof-top garden.

    Address: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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    Temple Square Family History Library, Salt Lake City

    May 04, 2018

    The world’s largest genealogical archive, the Temple Square Family History Library, draws tens of thousands of visitors annually. Over half a million books, maps, and other publications, along with 1.4 million rolls of microfilm, hold many secrets waiting to be discovered. The archive expands constantly. Visitors have free access to film, book, and photo-scanning equipment to preserve and share their own documents. The library’s 45 staff and 550 volunteers stand eager to help. Having said all that, this might be hard to believe: these facilities are free to use.

    Planning your visit to the Family History Library

    Here at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel, we created a Family Roots Package to make your historical explorations more affordable. You’ll enjoy a brisk walk across Temple Square to the library, our comfortable amenities during your downtime, and the opportunity to connect with fellow genealogists in our private library.

    Hours:
    Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday through Friday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Closed Sundays

    Location:
    35 N West Temple
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

    Contact:
    (801) 240-6996

    Website:
    www.familysearch.org

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