This was me in front of the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square

I just got back from a work trip to Salt Lake City...woah! What a gorgeous place to visit! So many beautiful sites to see, people are so friendly, it's clean, and it's surrounded by gorgeous mountains.

Although I was there for work, I decided to stay a couple extra days to site see. When traveling, the best way to get to know a city is to just start walking, so that's what I did. Twice. It was great to talk with some of the locals and learn about some of the city's history. Here are some of my favorite iphone captures of the trip. I also took some shots with an SLR but will post have to post them later! 

This is the Salt Palace, where my work event took place. I spent most of the trip inside this building. Thankfully, it was as cool on the inside as it was out. 

This is a direct look up into the cylinder pictured above at the Salt Palace. 

This was taken at Temple Square. The flower gardens there were magnificent. 

Here's Salt Lake Temple again; I actually went to see it twice. It's beauty was far too much to justify only one visit. 

This is the Church Office Building (headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It towers at 28 stories tall and is catty-corner of the Temple. 

Also catty-cornered of the Temple is the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. I didn't go inside to have a look around but wish now that I had! 

This is a close up of the Sate Capitol Building. It is a long hike up a hill/mountain to see this place if your traveling by foot. Totally worth it, though. 

From the Capitol Building, you can see the city of Salt Lake City and the mountains that surround it. Pretty amazing. 

Here are some random shots I took while roaming around the city. The one on the bottom right is the Madeleine Cathedral. It reminded me of a Catholic church/cathedral I saw while in Puerto Rico last year

Although I did do most of my exploring by foot, I did end up renting a car for a day so that I could get closer to the mountains. I am so glad that I did this because it ended up being my most favorite part of the trip. It was about a 40 minute drive one way so I started the day by off by packing some snacks and treating myself to a latte on the way there.

I checked out the Wasatch National Forest online a few days before deciding to actually go there and when I finally reached my destination, I was not disappointed. It was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been. It's fun to look at pictures but honestly, there's nothing like actually being there and seeing it in person. The air was so crisp and there was a level of quiet you could never experience while living in the city.

While there, I pulled off to the side of the road and walking out on flat land for about half a mile. I found a decent looking rock to sit on and started to do some watercolor sketching. Not too long after I sat down, though, I started to feel raindrops. The thing about being in a forest full of mountains is that when bad weather comes, you can't see it until it's pretty much right on top of you. So I packed all my stuff up real quick and ran back to the car! I didn't get to finish my sketch, but that's ok. 

Here are a few shots from the forest! 

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So yeah...that's Salt Lake City. If you ever get the chance to go there, do. :)

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