Perched atop a rising knoll, known as "Temple Hill," the Manti Utah Temple is located off Highway 89 in central Utah. Approaching travelers can glimpse the distinctive towers from miles away.
East of the I-15/I-70 junction, between Fillmore and Beaver, is Cove Fort, built in 1867 of native lava rock and dark limestone as a way station for travelers. It has been restored, and tours are offered, (435) 438-5547, www.covefort.com.
One of Utah's finest heritage destinations, Sanpete County, tells an intriguing story of the people who have inhabited it. In the 1850s, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian Mormon converts began to build closely knit communities; first Manti, then Ephraim and Spring City. Pioneer homes and buildings made of native limestone reflect the architectural styles of the settlers' native countries, (435) 835-6877, www.sanpete.com.
On a hillside overlooking the town of Manti is the LDS Manti Temple completed in 1888. The structure blends Gothic and French Renaissance Revival, and French Second Empire styles. The temple is still in use today, and its grounds are the site of the Mormon Miracle Pageant each June.