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    Tour Great Salt Lake
    Watersports & Exotic Widlife Tour

    The State of Utah operates a marina on the south shore of the lake at Great Salt Lake State Park, and another in Antelope Island State Park. With its sudden storms and expansive spread, the lake is a great test of sailing skills. It is also a major wildlife refuge for antelope, bison and a great variety of migratory waterfowl.

    The Great Salt Lake is 75 miles long, 35 miles wide but averages only 15 feet deep. A remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, the Great Salt Lake covers more than 2,000 square miles and is several times saltier than the ocean. The lake attracts more than 257 species of birds, depending on the season. The lake itself supports no life except brime shrimp and colonial algae. It is gradually decreasing in size as its main rivers (Bear, Jordon and Weber) are diverted for other uses.

    Island Serenade
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    Utah's only Floating Restaurant! Year Round Dining and Passenger Cruises are available, with fine dining choices, theme Cruises and private charters.

    Saltair Resort
    I-80 West Exit 104, Magna, UT; 801-250-4400;
    This giant moorish style palace was built in 1893 on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake. For many years it was a popular family resort destination known as the Coney Island of the West. It burned down thrice, 1925, 1931 and again in 1970. It has been rebuilt and serves today mostly as a hip-hop music concert venue.

    Great Salt Lake State Park
    P.O. Box 16658, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116-0658; 801-250-1898; Park Weblink;
    State Marina offers spectacular views of sunsets over the Great Salt Lake and provides marina access for sailors, sculling enthusiasts, other boaters, and bird watchers. The lake attracts more than 257 species of birds, depending on the season.

    Tour Willard Bay
    Freshwater Recreation

    Willard Bay State Park is a man-made fresh water reservoir in the Great Salt Lake. The bay was separated from the Great Salt Lake in 1964, and has since served as a source of irrigation, drinking water, and recreation.

    Boat, swim, water ski, and fish on the warm waters of Willard Bay. Camp under tall cottonwood trees that frame the night sky. Anglers fish for walleye, channel catfish, black crappie and wipers. During winter months, Willard Bay is a wildlife watching area for bald eagles. Two areas, North and South Marinas, offer all the amenities for a weekend at the bay.

    Antelope Island State Park
    4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, Utah 84075-6868; 801-773-2941; Park Weblink;
    The largest island in the Great Salt Lake and home to a roaming herd of 600 bison. Pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep also share the rangelands that overlook the desert lake. Opportunities to view wildlife are available on backcountry trails, which are open to horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. A modern visitor center offers information on the islandís unique biology, geology and history.
    Annual Bison Roundup - An annual October event to gather the bison off the range and haze them to the corrals on the north end of Antelope Island. Horse riders will have two and a half days to haze the bison northward.

    Lagoon Amusement Park
    An older resort theme park located 17 miles north of Salt Lake City in Farmington. Here you will find 35 thrill rides, six-acre beachfront waterpark and historic pioneer village. Additionally there is live entertainment, shops, games and food.

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    Great Salt Lake Yacht Club - Marina resources for sailors
    Great Salt Lake Audubon Society - Birding
    Great Salt Lake Minerals Corp - Salt Extraction Company - There are over 85000 acres of diked evaporation ponds in Great Salt Lake.

    Special Events
    Great Salt Lake SailFest - [June] Lake boating event
    Great Salt Lake BirdFest - [May] Bird-watchers discover some of the 257 species that frequent the lake.

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    North Shore

    Golden Spike National Historic Site - Promontory Summit
    P.O. Box 897, Brigham City, UT 84302-0897; 435-471-2209; NPS Weblink;
    Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated here where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. The event is re-enacted every year on the same date. The annual Railroader's Festival is held the second Saturday in August, and the Winter Steam Demonstration and Film Festival are the last weekend in December. Working replicas of the 1869 steam locomotives 'Jupiter' and '119' are in operation from May-October. Includes 9-mile auto tour and ranger program. Recreation activities include biking, hiking and wildlife viewing.

    Morton Thiokol Rocket Display - Promontory Summit
    Located off SR-83 about 25 miles west of Brigham City - just a few miles past the golden spike turnoff;
    The Morton Thiokol company (now owned by ATK) manufactured over the years a number of famous solid-propellant rocket boosters, including several types of ICBM's and the Space Shuttle Boosters, at a facility near here. Full scale prototypes of many of these are on display in this outdoor setting.
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    Willard Bay State Park
    900 West 650 North #A, Willard, UT 84340-9999; 435-734-9494; Park Weblink;
    Willard Bay located in the northeast corner of the Great Salt Lake flood plain in northern Utah. Its 9,900 acres of fresh water provide boating, waterskiing and year-round fishing for crappie, walleye, wiper and catfish. Willard Bay State Park is popular for camping. Two state-owned facilities, North and South Marinas, are available to visitors.

    Gunnison Island
    One of the largest white pelican rookeries in the world. Over 10,000 bidrs flock here in spring. Located near upper west shore of lake.

    Spiral Jetty
    North Shore access through Golden Spike National Historic Site; Jetty Weblink; Robert Smithson's monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970) is located on the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Using black basalt rocks and earth from the site, the artist created a coil 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide that stretches out counterclockwise into the translucent red water.

    Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
    2155 West Forest Street, Brigham City, UT 84302; 435-723-5887; FWS Website;
    74,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge consisting of marsh, open water and mudflats. It is the largest of its kind. Managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Bear River is visited by almost 5 million birds including rare species such as the tundra swan, white-faced ibis and western grebe.
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    Ogden Bay Wildlife Management Area
    Enter from west end of Ogden's 12th Street;
    Located at the mouth of the Weber River where bird species utilizing these remnants of fresh water marshland are too numerous to mention. Residents include Peregrine Falcon, American Bittern, Hooded Merganser, Northern Shrike (winter), or Virginia Rail. Also home to ducks, geese, herons and egrets.

    Ogden Bay Evaporation Ponds
    Commercial ponds that recover salt, potash and magnesium from the Great Salt Lake. There are over 85000 acres of diked evaporation ponds in Great Salt Lake. One of the largest salt works on the Great Salt Lake with two major evaporation pond areas

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    Chase Suites Hotel - Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Chase Suites
    Near Historic Trolley Square

    765 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
    At Chase Suites by Trolley Square you'll enjoy our inviting and comfortable studio and penthous suites. From the harried businessperson to the weary traveler, the Chase Suites has plenty of room for everyone. The property also features meeting rooms, outdoor pool and spas, barbecue area, and health club privileges.

    La Quinta Inn & Suites West Valley City
    3540 South 2200 West, West Valley City, UT, 84119
    La Quinta Inn features beautifully appointed suite accommodations and provides unparalleled value with many added features to enhance your stay. Click Here to reserve your Grand Canyon Tour

    Salt Lake Airport Fairfield Inn Vacation Hotel Resort Salt Lake Airport Fairfield Inn
    230 North Admiral Byrd Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
    Marriott's award winning economy hotel lodging chain features clean, convenient, quality accommodation and the peace of mind you get from Marriott consistency - all for a great value. This hotel is located five miles west of downtown and within one mile of AT&T, Bell & Howell, Boise Cascade, Compaq Computer Corporation, Constar International, First Security Bank, Matrixx, OEC Medical Systems and Sorex Med.

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Park City Holiday Inn Express
1501 West Ute Blvd., Park City, UT 84098 US
Set in a log-like cabin atmosphere nestled in the Wasatch mountains, the Hotel has 60 rooms and 16 suites as well as an indoor swimming pool and fitness room. Most rooms offer great views of the surrounding peaks.

Castle Creek Inn IP
7391 South Creek Road 1300 E., Sandy, UT, 84090-0217
Framed by a dense grove of tress, the newly completed Castle Creek Inn boasts ten elegant suites featuring private baths, whirlpool tubs, and inviting fireplaces. Each of our ten suites is unique in design and decor.

Best Western Plaza Hotel Salt Lake City Temple Square
Temple Square Plaza Hotel

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The Plaza Hotel is the most centrally located hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. 226 Luxurious rooms have been furnished in cherry provincial style furniture.

Park City Mountainside Resort
1305 Lowell Avenue, Park City, UT 84060 US
Gabled roofs, stonework, and heavy beams re-create the look of Park City's mining era buildings at this resort on the plaza at Park City Mountain Resort, steps away from the ski lifts.

Downtown Salt Lake Grand America Hotel
Downtown Location

555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The Grand America brings together the finest aspects of old-world craftsmanship and hospitality and combines them with the latest in modern conveniences. Remarkably spacious guest rooms and suites are appointed with European furnishings, lush tapestries and brocades, rich carpeting, and marble bathrooms. Standard amenities include two-line telephones with dataport, plush robes, and in-room safes.

Alta Goldminer's Daughter Lodge
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This resort mountain hideaway is a haven for the serious skier, yet skiers of all abilities will appreciate the powder that makes Alta famous.

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Salt Lake City Sheraton Hotel
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The Sheraton City Centre Hotel has recently completed a $12 Million dollar renovation that includes all guest rooms, meeting space, and public areas. We are Salt Lake City's "newest" hotel and convention center!

Chase Suites Hotel - Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Chase Suites
Near Historic Trolley Square

765 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102
At Chase Suites by Trolley Square you'll enjoy our inviting and comfortable studio and penthous suites. From the harried businessperson to the weary traveler, the Chase Suites has plenty of room for everyone. The property also features meeting rooms, outdoor pool and spas, barbecue area, and health club privileges.

Park City Radisson Inn
2121 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060 US;
Recreational facilities include an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, two whirlpools, a sauna, and in-room massage services. The Rustic Creek Grille and Bar offers a convenient dining destination for American favorites. Guest services include a gift shop, four meeting rooms, a 24-hour front desk, and limited business services.

Park City Prospector Square Hotel
2015 Prospector Avenue, Park City, UT 84060 US;
Prospector Square Hotel has campus style hotel rooms with two queen sized beds, a small refrigerator, microwave oven and a coffee maker. Make sure to fuel up before a full day of activity with the hotel's complimentary continental breakfast and wind down in the hotel's pool and hot-tub.

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Tour Park City
This mountain community is home to three world class ski resorts and hosted several alpine venues of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The historic district is a bustling year-round draw for vacationers.

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