As we had our last full day of the tour, we made an unplanned addition to the tour to start it with a trip down the road from the hotel to the Great Salt Lake State Park. Getting to see the actual Great Salt Lake was pretty amazing, because unless you happen to see it from your flight into Salt Lake City's airport, it is hard to fathom just how large the lake truly is unless you see it for yourself.
We first went to the shore of the lake near where a former boat launch ramp was located, just a few hundred feet from the sandy shore of the lake. This gave some of the group members the opportunity to touch the water (or in one case, taste it).
Not far from the former boat ramp was a view platform for the lake.
It gives visitors the opportunity to recreate a famous scene from a famous movie.....
The best part of the deck is the views that it offers of the lake itself. It gives a great vantage point for being able to see a great distance.
There is also a visitor center in the park which has souvenirs and informational exhibits about the Great Salt Lake.
Just down the shoreline is a building known as Saltair III. This building hosts the occasional concerts, and original versions that once stood nearby had more intricate designs and were built over the water. There was also a Coney Island style amusement park that operated near both locations that also shared the Saltair name. The first from 1893 to 1958, the second outside of this building from 1982 to 1984.
It was a short visit, but it was worth the early departure to come and see this incredible body of water up close.
Next, we head up to the last amusement park of the tour, which also happens to be the largest in Utah.
See more of Coasting with Culture's 2017 Utah, Idaho & Wyoming Tour:
1: Arrival Day / 2: Golden Spike National Historic Site / 3: Driving Trail & Brigham City / 4: Temple Square /
5: Yellowstone Bear World / 6: Snow King Mountain / 7: The Great Salt Lake / 8: Lagoon Amusement Park /
9: Smith's Ballpark