A Mormon Vacation: 7 Fun and Enlightening Destinations

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temple, Salt Lake City, UtahFor the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spending quality time with their loved ones is an effective way to strengthen their bond. One way to do so is by going on a vacation that’s not just fun, but also interactive and reflective for every member of the family.

More specifically, a Mormon vacation to places that members of the Church hold dear will make a good plan for an upcoming holiday. There’s even a tour of The Book of Mormon Lands that can be exciting and quite educational, especially for the young ones.

Any of these places will not only be a fun destination, but would also hold a lot of significance to help strengthen the faith of the whole family. What’s better is that you don’t even have to leave the continent to reach them.

Ellis Island, NY

Aside from the Statue of Liberty, it also has the Immigration Museum. For Mormons, though, the must-see feature of this spot is the Port of New York Passenger Records that reveal the member’s family history.

Upstate New York

The location of the original 100-acre Smith Family Farm and the Sacred Grove. At its east end is the 100th announced temple of the Church, the Palmyra New York Temple. Other must-see places include the Hill Cumorah Pageant and the Grandin Print Shop.

Mesa, AZ

The best time to visit this city in Arizona is during Holy Week, so you can catch the Easter pageant titled Jesus the Christ, whose script comes straight out of the King James Bible. Other must-visit places there are the local museums and archaeological sites.

Nauvoo, IL

This is where you’ll find the homes of Joseph and Emma Smith, as well as the Carthage Jail and the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, which holds the Church’s largest temple baptismal font.

San Diego, CA

Don’t miss the Mormon Battalion historic site that commemorates one of the longest military marches in history, the 2,000-mile march from Council Bluffs in Iowa to California. Kids will surely also enjoy the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.

Washington, D.C.

It has, of course, the Washington D.C. Temple with its lights and memorials that pertain to the Church members’ family history. There are also exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution about Latter-day Saints.

Tulum, Mexico

Aside from its great beaches, Tulum also has some of the more famous Mayan ruins that reportedly have possible ties to the people of the Book of the Mormon — the El Castillo, the Temple of Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God.

Make your summer vacation truly worthwhile and enlightening with a visit to any of these sites.