Salt Lake City often shortens to SLC or Salt Lake is the capital city of Utah. It is also the most populated city in Utah. The city originated as Great Salt Lake City in the year 1847 by a group of Mormon pioneers and their prophet Brigham Young. Salt Lake is home to LDS (The church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints) commonly known as the Mormon Church who bought the mining booms and constructed the first transcontinental railroad. It has developed as an outdoor recreation tourist industry namely for skiing. It hosted the Winter Olympics in the year 2002. The major industries are trade, government, utilities, transportation, business and professional services.
It lies towards the northeast corner of Salt Lake Valley and bounded by Great Salt Lake towards the northwest and steep mountain ranges of Oquirrh and Wasatch on the western and eastern borders. These mountains contain many volcanically and glacially carved canyons i.e. Millcreek, Emigration, City Creek and Parley. Salt Lake City has a semi arid climate with 4 seasons. Winter and summer are long with snowy cold winters and dry, hot summers, fall and spring are short but pleasant. There are many historical and art museums in SLC and is a location to various cultural activities. Pioneer Day is on 24 July and is a main state holiday.
UTA (Utah Transit Authority) operated mass transit services in the city. Amtrak provides rail services to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake International airport serves more than 100 non-stop flights to many destinations in US, Canada and Mexico and also Tokyo and Paris. Car rentals are also available from the airport to any part of the city. Salt Lake City is promoting bicycle transportation and few streets have bike lanes too. There are many pedestrian countdown signals and sidewalks so that pedestrians can move easily and safely.
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