Welcome to Utah, The Beehive State, named in 1847 to symbolize cooperative work and the term is still used to this day.

 

We drive through Salt Lake city frequently but just recently a friend of ours moved there so it was time to spend a few nights downtown and do some visiting! So KOA it was!

 

RV Park: Salt Lake City KOA
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Site: 1118 (pull thru) – the largest site number ever!!!
Cost: $60.56
Services: FHU
Comments: A very large RV park located just a few miles west of downtown (Temple Square) Salt Lake City. The entrance to the RV Park is quite large so quite a few large rigs can be parked at check-in at the same time.

 

The RV Park is located on N. Temple across the street from the Green TRAX line (light rail mass transportation) station called Power Station. It is only 5 stops to Temple Square and takes about 10 minutes. It is NOT in the free zone so you need to purchase a ticket.

Around Temple Square

Temple Square is a 10 acre square owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) right in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.  The square is home to not only parks but also the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument, two visitors centers (North and South) and a host of other very interesting museums, libraries, historic houses, etc. You can easily spend a day and loose yourself in all the places of interests, the beauty, and the peacefulness. It is a great place.

 

Meridian – 0 West South Temple

Located on the southeast corner of Temple Square is the Base and Meridian which has a small statue which was placed there in 1847 and used as the point from which all city streets were named and numbered. Located just a bit further to the northwest (100 ft N and 50 ft W) is the United States Meridian Base which was established in 1867 to determine the true latitude/longitude and to create a standard time.

 

The Beehive House

The Beehive House was one of the official residences of Brigham Young who was the second president of the LDS. The house is open for touring and is an exquisite historical building.

 

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a venue and event space and has 2 restaurants on the 10th floor for dining with great views over the city. The building has great architecture, 12 banquet rooms, and a Legacy Theater with free, first come first serve, movies showing throughout the day.

 

Salt Lake City Assembly Hall

The Assembly Building was built from granite leftover from building the Salt Lake City Temple and is a place of public worship and visitors are welcome!

 

Salt Lake City Tabernacle

A tabernacle is a multi purpose religious building used for conferences, community centers, and/or religious services. The largest LDS Tabernacle is in Salt Lake City. It was built in the 1860s with a fabulous 700 pipe organ which has been rebuilt and now has 11,623 pipes making it one of the largest pipe organs in the world.  The acoustics are fabulous and during the Organ Recital we attended (which was fabulous) they demonstrated dropping a straight pin and also ripping a newspaper and the sound was incredible!! Check their website for times/locations of the Tabernacle Choir and/or organ recitals.

 

Salt Lake City Temple

Ahhhh, I saved the best for last. The wonderful, beautiful Salt Lake City Temple! It has the largest floor space (over 250,000 sq ft) of any LDS temple. It is considered sacred and therefore not open to the public but the Temple grounds are open to the public.

 

The location suited us perfectly for spending a few days playing in Salt Lake City and visiting friends.