There are many places to visit in and near Salt Lake City, including Temple Square, which contains the Mormon Temple and the Tabernacle, and Beehive House, built in 1855 as the home of Mormon President Brigham Young. Many motor vehicle speed records have been set on the Bonneville Salt Flats, a level area near the Nevada border in the Great Salt Lake Desert..
Other scenic places of interest in Utah include Goblin Valley, which lies 80 km (50 mi) southwest of Green River. The area is named for its hundreds of fantastically shaped rock formations, which are situated in a valley surrounded by rugged cliffs. In the Panguitch area of southwest Utah is a scenic drive that borders a vast wilderness of forests, canyons, and rock outcrops.
Utah’s national forests and parks, mountains, lakes, and rivers offer ample opportunities for camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and winter sports. Utah has several ski resort areas, including Sundance Ski Area, in Provo; Alta Ski Area, in Alta; Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, in Snowbird; and Powder Mountain Ski Area, in Eden. The Utah Jazz, a team in the National Basketball Association, plays its home games at the Delta Center arena in Salt Lake City.
Many winter sports venues are located near Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The games led to the renovation or construction of numerous sports facilities in the region.
Pioneer Day, July 24, commemorates the first permanent settlement of Utah on July 24, 1847, by Brigham Young and his Mormon pioneers. Each year the week of July 24 is set aside for Pioneer Days celebrations. Many communities celebrate the week with rodeos, pageants, parades, and other events. Among the largest celebrations are Days of ‘47 at Salt Lake City and Pioneer Days at Ogden. The Paiute Pow Wow is held in June. The annual Arts Festival is held in Tooele, also in June, attracting artists and craftspeople from around the West. The Mormon Miracle Pageant, at Manti, is held in July. The Western Stampede, one of the West’s liveliest rodeos, is held in West Jordan in early July. Also held in July is the Festival of the American West at Logan. Each summer, a Shakespeare festival is held at Southern Utah State College. The Utah Arts Festival is held each June and the Utah State Fair each September, both at Salt Lake City. America’s Opening, held each November in Park City, features ski racing and exhibitions. The Sundance Film Festival is held each January at Park City and nearby locations. "Utah" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.
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