Amid the towering mountains of the Wasatch Front, Salt Lake City is probably best known as the world headquarters of the Mormon Church. A majority of Utah citizens are Mormons, many are descendents of Utahís original settlers. The Mormon Temple was erected in 1893 after 40 years of hard work by expert craftsmen. Only confirmed Mormons are allowed inside, but the public may tour Temple Square and enjoy its monuments. The Mormon Tabernacle possesses acoustics enabling a listener seated in the last row to hear a nail drop from the lectern at the front. The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs here. The Family History Library houses the largest library of genealogical information in the world.
Outside the city, Utah's beautiful landscape and unique geological features amaze visitors. The Great Salt Lake, the second saltiest body of water in the world, has been mysteriously refilling itself in recent years, leading to an explosion of life in and around the lake. The Timpanogos Cave National Monument leads to miles of fascinating underground caverns. For years travelers overlooked this sunlit, historic city, but this is no longer true.