Mountain Roadtrip #6 – Potatoes, Temple and Pride

The last part of the Mountain Roadtrip! God this has been going on for awhile but alas I need to finish it and start writing about other trips I’ve been taking this summer so I’m just going to sum up the last days together in this sixth installment.

We drove from Jackson, WY to Salt Lake City, UT through Idaho. On our way we got to see Idaho Falls which is a lovely city but doesn’t have many ‘must see’ attractions (or at least we couldn’t find any) so instead we hit up their mormon church. None of us are religious or mormon but I feel like it’s a must do to at least experience and visit a temple whilst in Idaho or Utah as it is such a strong presence there. We went to the main temple in Salt Lake but as a sneak peak we decided to go to this church in Idaho Falls. The people inside were very friendly and it was a nice place to contemplate and take a break from driving.

This was by no means meant on our itineary but we saw a road sign for the Idaho Potato Museum and of course had to pull over to check it out. That’s one of my favourite things about road tripping – the impromptu stops and surprises you find along the way. The museum is very small but has some querky parts to it and after all Idaho is known for their potatoes… For lunch we went to a brewery in Pocatello, ID and decided to sit outside as it was a gorgeously sunny day. Sadly no photos from there as I pretty much ate my meal within seconds but it was called Portneuf Valley Brewing and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re passing through.

Our last stop was Salt Lake City, Utah and we stayed there for two days. I’ll just sum up what we did and what some must see things are if you’re ever in the city! Number one is of course the capitol building. Salt Lake is the capitol of Utah and at the top of this insane hill sits the very regal, powerful looking building. We drove past it at night and got to see it all lit up amongst the night sky. Since I’ve been visiting all these states I’ve tried to see each capitol building and a lot of them are very similar in their structure and looks but I think Salt Lake is definitely one of the most impressive and expansive with its’ surrounding grounds.

Another extremely impressive building in SLC is Salt Lake Temple and the temple square area. It is a sacred building and only members of the church can enter but there are other buildings/visitor centres in the square that are open to the public. Inside one of them is a dollshouse version of the inside of the temple and information on each room/the purpose. The whole square area is stunning and immaculately clean (as it should be I guess). I don’t want to go all religious/say too much regarding opinions but as a non-mormon I did find the area very enchanting and fascinating. In the UK we don’t really have mormons (or I don’t know any) so it was a completely new world to me and learning about their beliefs and ways to do things was great. It is my must see thing to do in Salt Lake City but I’m sure anyone would tell you that. Side note – inside the North Visitor’s Centre there is a large statue of Jesus Christ, which I guess has become a landmark in itself so don’t forget to see itยฑ

Just outside of temple square is the LDS conference centre where ceremonies and meetings for the church are held. It claims to be the largest theatre-style auditorium in the world with over 21,000 seats. If you walk in they offer free tours which go onto the roof garden and also into the auditorium.

The rest of our time in Salt Lake City we spent galavanting round malls, eating and partying as it just so happened to be pride weekend there. The city is based on a grid system just like NYC with the temple being the centre and then the streets being named ‘south temple 100, south temple 200, west temple 100’ etc. so it is very easy to navigate. The streets are also incredibly wide and the city is very open and spacious. I hope this roadtrip was inspiring/interesting and if you have any questions or need help/tips don’t hesitate to ask!

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