Best places to take pictures in Salt Lake City & Park City, Utah
Salt Lake City is a vibrant and outdoorsy gem amongst the mountains. 🏔 Utah’s standout ski village of Park City is a snow globe come to life in the winter and equally as picturesque during the warmer months, too. Utah is famed for its natural beauty, so should be no surprise that it’s also a photographer’s paradise. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite photo and adventure spots to add to your itinerary.
1. Bonneville Salt Flats
Travelling to another planet has never been easier. People from around the world come to walk, run and dance along this natural phenomenon. A blindingly white salt crust covers 46 square miles for truly one-of-a-kind views … just don’t forget sunscreen and a hat! 👒 From sunrise to sunset, it’s hard not to take incredible photos, and dozens of films have even featured this unique spot. It’s a great destination for a day trip out of Salt Lake City or a stop along the way to road trip through Utah’s many national parks.
Nestled in the American Fork Canyon, the sparkling blue water of the lake is framed by towering mountains. A sand beach was even added for those who love to bask under bluebird skies and the warmth of the sun. ☀ The beautiful and winding drive through the canyon is worth the trip alone. Halfway between Salt Lake City and Provo, this hidden gem offers beauty combined with family-friendly fun during the warmer months.
You’re rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you begin to explore the stunning and secluded wilderness of Utah … all just a short drive from downtown. If you’re short on time but want to escape into nature with a relatively easy climb into a glacial bowl, this trail is for you. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly, unlike many of the surrounding hikes in the Cottonwoods! 🐶
The Great Saltair is a historic pavilion that dates back to 1870 and has become an important cultural symbol to the city. Intended as a “Coney Island of the West,” it steadily fell into disrepair until the original structure burned down in 1970. The whimsical spirit of the original building still remains in the rebuilt resort as it looks out over the great salt lake. Fans of unique architecture and sweeping views should add this spot to their list! ⛪
5. Salt Lake Valley
Nearly encircled by towering, snow-dusted mountains, Salt Lake Valley is home to the state’s capital, Salt Lake City (SLC), and surrounding neighbourhoods. There are tons of beautiful places to explore, and the superb outdoor access combined with the university crowd brings a young, liberal and creative vibe to the city. Despite a population of over 1 million, it still boasts a friendly, small-town attitude. Hiking, skiing and other outdoor adventures to discover are just a short drive away! 🚘
6. Temple Square, Salt Lake City
Temple Square is an icon rooted in Latter-day Saint pioneer history that dates back to the first settlers of the Salt Lake Valley. The neo-gothic style of the Salt Lake Temple and surrounding grounds are pure serenity, and whether you’re religious or not, you’re invited to wander. Other interesting buildings include the ornate Assembly Hall, Salt Lake Tabernacle and the Deuel Pioneer Log Home. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes and shops to explore, making this extremely walkable and bustling square a must-visit. 👟
Cutting through “Old Town,” Main Street is the pinnacle of Park City. Although the street has transformed from its grungy, mining roots into a thoroughfare filled with art galleries, coffee shops and boutiques, it retains its charm. ✨ Colourful homes dot the hillsides and the historic Victorian architecture creates endless photo opportunities.
Dating back to 1886, this historic farmhouse is an iconic staple of Park City’s homestead history. The idyllic views are in stark contrast to city life, and as you breathe in the fresh mountain air, you can almost imagine living life in the 1800’s. The McPolin Farmhouse welcomes residents and visitors alike as it stands tall and picturesque among the hills. 🌳
9. Wasatch Mountain State Park
The variety of trails, views and activities available make it easy to see why Wasatch Mountain State Park is one of Utah’s most popular.
Empire Pass Ridge is a fantastic summertime hike to discover majestic views of the valley. If you’re staying at the luxurious Empire Pass ski resort, it’s as convenient as it is beautiful to immerse yourself in nature. (Plus, a hot tub after a hike has never sounded so relaxing! 💆)
Pack a picnic for your drive through the majestic Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway. Nearly every bend — and there are a lot of them! — offer panoramic views at the scenic turnouts. Wildflowers, evergreens, aspen trees and oaks flank the roads, immersing you in the lush mountain foliage. 🌿
If you love hikes but hate that feeling of “we’re halfway there, time to turn back to do it all again,” we’ve got some news for you! 🗞 The Silver Lake Trail is a tranquil hike with the option to take the Sterling Express chairlift up and enjoy a leisurely hike back down (or alternatively, hike up and take the ride down). The trail cuts across several ski runs, making it a unique trek during the summertime.
10. Big Cottonwood Canyon
If you can dream it 💭, Big Cottonwood Canyon has it. This outdoor lover’s paradise is home to world-class ski resorts, hiking and biking trails, stunning picnic areas and epic scenery. Keep your camera and hiking boots at the ready for this outing. Less than half an hour’s drive from the airport means you don’t have to waste any time stepping off the plane to step into nature.
Photo Shoot in Salt Lake City or Park City
Endless photo opportunities await you in Salt Lake City and Park City, but when you want everyone in front of the camera, our friendly local photographers are ready to capture it all! 📸 Their local tips will make your trip even more memorable, and your beautiful photos will keep it that way.