Nestled in northwestern Utah, the Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and holds the distinction of being the largest salt lake in the United States.

Standing on the edge of Utah's Great Salt Lake, you will marvel at its vastness.

On a clear day, the lake is as blue as the sea, glistening in the blazing sunlight. On rainy and snowy days, it turns as cloudy as the sky, and the cold wind blows through, desolate and mysterious.

In summer, sudden storms can raise waves six or seven meters high on the lake, and lightning streaks across the dark clouds over the sky. In late fall, the cold air from the north sweeps over the lake, and suddenly the sky is filled with snow, spreading to the surrounding mountains.

The Utah Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the United States. Located in northwestern Utah, it is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, and also one of the highest salinity inland waters in the world.

Large is the common sentiment of all who see the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Yet, in the eyes of its Creator, it is just a small, nearly dried-up remnant of Lake Bonneville that existed on Earth 20,000 years ago.

The Great Salt Lake is the largest legacy of Bonneville, a huge prehistoric freshwater lake, the rest of which forms today's Bear Lake and Utah Lake, among others. Bonneville Lake was formed in the late Pleistocene Epoch about 30,000 years ago and had a maximum area of about 52,000 square kilometers.

Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is also named after the Great Salt Lake.

It is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Utah, named for its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, has a city population of 190,884 (2014) and a metropolitan area population of 1,153,340 (2014), ranking it as the third largest inland city in the western United States, after Denver and Phoenix.

The mining industry and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad brought an economic boom to Salt Lake City, which was dominated by industry, electronics, and biotechnology.

The city earned the nickname "Crossroads of the West. The Salt Lake City metropolitan area is one of the major financial and commercial centers and vacation destinations in the United States.

In the 21st century, the city has developed a strong focus on outdoor activity tourism (including skiing and biking) and hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Salt Lake City has over 150 miles of bike trails, functional trails, public roads and off-road trails. Visitors can tour the city along a 13.5-mile loop through downtown, past the farmers' market, and through the city's many historic sites.

Famous and interesting attractions in Salt Lake City:

1. Temple Square

2. Utah State Capitol

3. Salt Lake Tabernacle (Salt Lake City Cathedral)

4. Joseph Smith Memorial Building

5. Salt Lake Temple

6. Beehive House

7. Utah's Hogle Zoo

8. Seagull Monument

Salt Lake City's unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture make it a captivating destination.

With its breathtaking landscapes, outdoor recreational opportunities, and diverse attractions, Salt Lake City offers an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages and interests.