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USA - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is in Northern Utah nestled next to the Great Salt Lake. Originally founded by The Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (Mormans) in 1847, Salt Lake City has a large central plaza called Temple Square that is dedicated to the religion and houses some extravagant buildings. The centerpiece is the Temple and Morman headquarters of the world. Tourists are welcomed to the plaza complex, however are unable to enter The Temple unless members of the Mormon Church, there are however many other parts to visit. The convention center was pretty impressive, with a seating capacity of 22,000 and 3 acres of gardens on the roof! As for their beliefs...interesting but we left feeling a little jaded.

Dinner on our first night was an experience as we went to Lucky 13 Bar and Grill, a place famous for its burgers! Actually world famous, the won the prestigious award of 'Worlds Best Burger' in 2013. We are yet to really experience the USA's famed gigantic foods so when Paul read that they also do a big burger, off we went. The 800 gram 'Big Benny' in the photo below.

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We stayed with a great Airbnb host here, Travis who was very welcoming and down to earth. We drove east to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats, where they race cars and achieve land speed records with all types of vehicles. Although there was no car racing while we were there, as the salt flats were too wet, it was pretty amazing to see the expanse of salt, reminding us of our time at the Bolivian Salt Flats.

Antelope Island sits in the Great Salt Lake, and is 15 miles long and home to a large number of wildlife, including Bison, Elk, Bighorn Sheep and Pronghorn Antelope. Surrounded by the high content of salt creates an interesting environment. Ranches were operating on the island in the 18-1900’s. Fielding Garr Ranch was a sweet old Ranch we were able to learn the way an old American farm was run.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in USA

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