Continuing north on the interstate, we stopped in the outskirts of Salt Lake City at a fancy outlet center. While it was mostly outside, there was a long section that had a high roof over it, but it was entirely open on each end. In the middle was a huge gas fire pit. Pots of flowers everywhere also added to make it a beautiful place. We ate lunch there.
Back on the road, we found a street parking spot downtown. With very few exceptions, the stores downtown were closed on Sunday. Since it was too early to check into our hotel, we walked around Temple Square.
Now honestly, when I first started planning this trip, I did not give much thought to Salt Lake City. After all, I'm Methodist, not Mormon. But the more I looked, the more I found of interest.
Here are some images from Temple Square. This is the Assembly Hall.
The pipe organ inside:
The rose in the ceiling:
Windows in the rear of the building:
In the courtyard are fountains, gardens and statues. The sign below describes the remarkable history depicted in this sculpture.
This is the auditorium, build with perfect acoustics in mind. Reportedly, a pin dropped at the pulpit can be clearly heard at the back of the hall, 170 feet away.
Another huge pipe organ and this time, also, a choir loft.
These marble columns were just gorgeous.