An aerial view of Antelope Island State Park in Utah.
This year’s National Funeral Directors Association Convention will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah. While the goal of the convention is to immerse yourself in the world of funeral service and learn new tips and tricks that you can take home to your funeral home, hopefully you will also have some downtime to explore the city. From historical sites to shopping, and the Rocky Mountains to museums, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Salt Lake City. Here are a handful of the area’s top attractions.
Historic Temple Square
Travel time from the convention center: 5 minutes walking
One of the most well-known things to do in Salt Lake City is to visit the Historic Temple Square. This 35-acre area is home to the Salt Lake Temple, which is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a visitor’s center, historical residences, museums, libraries and a pedestrian plaza with a reflecting pool. It’s estimated that three to five million people visit this area each year. Several free tours of the grounds and accompanying buildings are offered each day, and many of the buildings feature extraordinary dining experiences. One notable feature is the Family History Library, which offers people the chance to access genealogical data for over three billion deceased people from all over the world.
The Great Salt Lake
Travel time from the convention center: 25 minutes driving
As the largest salt water lake in the western hemisphere, the 1,700 square mile Great Salt Lake features a lot of options for those who love the outdoors. Whether you’re interested in hiking or biking along the lake’s ancient shoreline or kayaking or boating at the Great Salt Lake Marina, you’ll find plenty of choices. Antelope Island State Park is another popular choice for visitors, located about an hour from the convention center.
Natural History Museum of Utah
Travel time from the convention center: 15 minutes driving
Often called the Trailhead to Utah, the National History Museum is fill with activities for kids and adults alike. The museum’s permanent exhibitions feature the history of Utah’s Native American tribes, a look into the Great Basin’s prehistoric peoples, gemstones, minerals and a look into what Utah was like millions of years ago.
Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon
Travel time from the convention center: 20-25 minutes driving
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure while you’re in Salt Lake City, Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon are great places to start. Little Cottonwood Canyon features a one-of-a-kind scenic drive as well as hiking, rock climbing and areas for picnics. You can also take the aerial tramway up to Hidden Peak in the Rocky Mountains, which features a panoramic view of Utah at 11,000 feet. Big Cottonwood Canyon also features a scenic drive along with hiking, mountain biking and picnic areas.
City Creek Center
Travel time from the convention center: 2 minutes walking
If you’re looking to get away for a few moments during the convention, City Creek Center features 110 stores and restaurants. The shopping center has a retractable roof as well as a running creek with brown trout. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping for everyone back home.
As you are planning your trip to Salt Lake City, don’t forget to stop by the Homesteaders booth (#1613) to discover the new and exciting programs we have to offer. You will have the chance to ask members of our sales and marketing teams any questions you might have and learn about our newest research efforts. We can’t wait to see you there!