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Linda Hunt
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The cat is out of the bag!  The Salt Lake Tribune hailed Foothill Cultural District as its “Editor’s Choice” first runner up and the “People’s Choice” second runner up as the state’s Tourism Top Spot.  Its eight members applauded the recognition and vowed to remain the area’s coolest destinations, even as Salt Lake Valley’s temperatures hovered around 100 degrees.

The Foothill Cultural District features eight acclaimed attractions, including Utah’s Hogle Zoo, This Is The Place, Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Garden, University Guest House Hotel, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Olympic Cauldron Park.  All are within two square miles -- and can be reached by TRAX, bus, bike or car.

 Want to chill out? It’s time for a very cool Hogle Zoo tradition Saturday, July 13, a day where many Hogle Zoo animals get their run of frozen refreshments.  Kids can cool off, too, by digging through piles of crushed ice for prizes.  Meanwhile, just across Sunnyside Avenue from the zoo, This Is The Place celebrates Liberty Days when it turns on the spigot at its Irrigation Station, a splash park that educates as well as invigorates.

Toss out that Old Farmer’s Almanac and head for the Natural History Museum’s rooftop weather station.  Rain tomorrow?  Snow?  Or more heat? The interactive, state-of-the-art tools make all visitors, kids and adults alike, expert weather forecasters.  It’s just a hop, skip and a jump across the road to the state arboretum, Red Butte Garden.  Stroll along the paths lined with verdant shade trees, into its Fragrance Garden and along the Waterfall Garden and Pavilion for a refreshing trip through nature’s summer bounty.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ renowned exhibit “Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West” is the very definition of cool. Its spacious art galleries, with the exquisite exhibits and the crisp ambient air, make the UMFA the perfect place to linger awhile.   Don’t miss a tour through the Fort Douglas Military Museum where it keeps Saddam Hussein’s combat boots “on ice.”  Along with other rare memorabilia collected over the decades, the museum is filled with the many historic artifacts that help to honor Utahns who served their country in uniform.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing like the feel of the University Guest House Hotel’s cool, crisp sheets on freshly made beds – and the anticipation of the morning’s free breakfast -- to help wrap up an exhilarating journey through one of Utah’s premier tourist destinations, Foothill Cultural District.

For discount coupons to all of the attractions, go on or pick up one of Foothill’s “Salt Lake’s To-Do List” brochures from local hotels or tourism information centers for discount coupons to all of the attractions.