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Amble the Avenues

Magazine article Sunset

Amble the Avenues

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Give in to spring fever on a historic Salt Lake City neighborhood stroll

In Salt Lake City's Avenues District, April's cherry blossoms brighten the narrow, tree-lined streets. The neighborhood's scale is intimate, and flowering trees frame restored Victorians and historic buildings converted into shops, galleries, and cafes-invitation enough for an easy spring walk.

Start on Third Avenue at the former garage that now houses die Two Creek Coffee House ($; 502 E. Third Ave.; 801/ 363-6260). Coffee in hand, stroll east on Third past the district's choicest old homes. Between J and K Streets, houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places include a box-style Victorian and a Queen Anne cottage.

In the Salt Lake City Cemetery (Fourth Ave. at N St.), trees and conifers grace the tombs of Utah's onetime elite. The mix of artists and politicians-and 11 of Mormon leader Brigham Young's 27 wivesmakes for interesting headstone browsing.

Return to the present at the Q Street Gallery (closed Sun; 88 Q St.; 801/359-1899), where you can take in sleek, contemporary artwork. From here head to South Temple Street and stroll west down the prestigious 19th-century thoroughfare. …

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