Magazine article VFW Magazine

Sightseeing in Salt Lake City

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Sightseeing in Salt Lake City

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106th VFW National Convention * Aug. 20-25, 2005

Be sure to take in the tourist attractions during your stay in Utah's capital.

For the second time in the organization's history, VFW's national convention will take place in the mountain valley of Salt Lake City, Utah (the first time being 1997). Whether your interests lie in nature, history or shopping, this family-friendly city has much to offer in terms of sightseeing.

Of course, no visit to this region would be complete without a stop at the Great Salt Lake, 17 miles west of the city. It is the largest lake west of the Mississippi River. Only the Dead Sea has a higher salt content. At times, the salt levels have been as high as 27%-eight times saltier than the ocean.

As you prepare to attend VFWs 106th National Convention, Aug. 20-25, read up on these popular attractions so you're sure to enjoy all this historic city has to offer.

* Red Butte Garden is 50 acres of lush flowers and plants and 100 acres of hiking trails. Part of the University of Utah, the garden sanctuary is situated at the foot of Red Butte Canyon and features 9,000 trees and shrubs from around the world. 300 Wakara Way, www.redbuttegarden.org.

* Clark Planetarium features exhibits that include images from the Hubble Space Telescope and hands-on demonstrations. Another feature is a scalemodel of the solar system from the sun to Pluto and beyond. This is home to Utah's only IMAX theater. 110 South 400 West, www.clarkplanetarium.org.

* Pioneer Memorial Museum features 38 rooms of exhibits dealing with Utah's past. Historic vehicles and farm machinery are located in an adjacent building. 300 North Main St.

* Fort Douglas Military Museum is housed in 1875 barracks. Indoor and outdoor exhibits include military uniforms from 1858 to the Persian Gulf War, guns, ammunition, tanks and artillery pieces. A 1,500-volume military history library also is included. Honor rolls and walks of honor, self-guided tours. …

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