What is there to say about the Salt Lake Temple? It is a landmark, a triumph and testament to the strength of the early Mormon pioneers, recognized the world over as a representation of the LDS faith. If you can only visit one temple, this is the one to see. It will light up your imagination, thinking of how the city must have looked in 1893, with the temple towering over all the other buildings. The people, standing around admiring 40 years of their handiwork, thinking of the time spent, the valuables used, the lives dedicated to service. Seen close up, the building is as impressive as imagined, and larger than it seems when viewed in photos among the buildings of downtown Salt Lake City.
Surrounding the temple is, of course, Temple Square. There is much to see. Two separate visitors' centers house all kinds of interesting things to see and do, including the Christus statue and the film "Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration". See the beautiful architecture of the Tabernacle and the Assembly Hall. Enjoy the reflecting pool and fountains, tour the gardens on the top of the Conference Center. Walk across the street to the new City Creek Center for a bite to eat, or walk across a different street, to the south, and visit the Church History Museum.
Downtown Salt Lake is filled with activites, and there are some great ones for the kids. Just to the west sits the Gateway Mall and two of the funnest attractions for kids and adults alike. You can catch a show at the Clark Planetarium, or just play around at the Discovery Gateway, a giant children's museum full of activities. Or, if you need something more relaxing, drive a few blocks away, to Liberty Park, a haven of greenery in the heart of the city.
Once you are done playing and need to eat, Salt Lake has an endless array of tasty restaurants to try. Feast your senses with top-notch Indian food at Bombay House. Sample authentic German sweet and savory treats at Siegfried's Delicatessen. Enjoy the "underground" college hangout Pie Pizzeria. Or just get some down home tasty eats at Moochie's Meatballs. Top it all off with a genuine Belgian waffle from Bruges Waffles and Frites or a Kouing Aman (simply the best pastry ever invented) at Les Madeleines.
You may leave downtown Salt Lake with a heightened sense of history, a greater appreciation for the Pioneers, or a set of exhausted children. But you won't leave with an empty stomach.