With scenic views of the Rocky Mountains and its namesake lake, Salt Lake City is full of stunning views of nature. Whether you’re thinking about renting a house in the city or browsing Salt Lake City apartments, there are some captivating places you absolutely can’t miss. Grab your camera as Redfin walks you through eight beautiful places in Salt Lake City.

1. Exchange Place Historic District

A stroll through Salt Lake City’s Exchange Place Historic District is a journey back in time, where meticulously preserved 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets tell the tales of the city’s early commercial and cultural roots. Nestled between Main Street and State Street, this district is home to some of the city’s oldest buildings, including the Walker Center and the Kearns Building. 

“If you’re looking for the charm of antique buildings, go to the Exchange Place Historic District,” says Kaitlyn from Camera Shy Photography, a Salt Lake City-based photographer. With tons of brick textures, columns, and a parking garage that boasts a spectacular view, you can find something new around every corner. With Mexican, Indian, Venezuelan, and pizza restaurants nearby, it’s a great spot to stop if one’s looking to explore a bit of Utah’s architectural history. Hop on over to Washington Square Park or The Leonardo Museum for some fun and relaxation.

2. Temple Square

A sacred oasis in the heart of Salt Lake City, Temple Square is a symbol of spiritual and architectural grandeur. The centerpiece, the Salt Lake Temple, is a masterpiece with its intricate spires and stunning granite facade. The meticulously landscaped grounds, adorned with vibrant flowers and serene reflecting pools, create a peaceful atmosphere, inviting visitors to explore the rich history and cultural significance of this iconic site.

3. Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum sprawls across 100 acres at the foothills of the Wasatch Range. Beyond its stunningly maintained gardens, the site offers stunning hiking trails that lead to breathtaking views of Salt Lake City. Throughout the seasons, the garden transforms, showcasing a diverse collection of plants, making it a delightful destination for nature enthusiasts in and around the SLC area.

family crossing bridge at jordan pines campground

4. Jordan Pines Campground

Located conveniently close to Salt Lake City, Jordan Pines Campground is a must-visit location for locals looking for beautiful views of nature in the area. With hiking, fishing and biking options available, there’s no shortage of things to do while soaking up the natural beauty of the area.

“You can’t visit Utah without visiting our canyons!” Kaitlyn adds. “Just a short drive from Salt Lake City, you can find enchanted mountain scenery at all times of the year. Jordan Pines Campground is a local favorite for its views and accessibility. A popular picture spot, this campground has a bridge, a wooden walkway, and a paved parking lot. While it’s stunning for its fall colors, the locals also enjoy sledding here in the winter.”

5. Tunnel Springs Park in North Salt Lake

Tucked away in the eastern foothills, Tunnel Springs Park is a hidden gem offering a serene escape from the urban hustle. This park is defined by rolling hills, meadows, and scenic trails that wind through a landscape dotted with native plants. The park’s highlight is the historic Railroad Tunnel, a remnant of the early 20th century, which adds a touch of intrigue to the natural beauty. Popular among hikers and nature enthusiasts, Tunnel Springs Park provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Salt Lake Valley.

Victoria Hills of Essential Photo Supply says that Tunnel Springs Park is a must-see spot in the Salt Lake City area, complete with stunning views of the surrounding valley.

“There’s a beautiful view of the north part of the Salt Lake Valley from this spot, and plenty of parking in a dirt lot as well,” Hills says. “I love this location because every season it looks different, but beautiful. In the summer, there are rolling green hills. In the fall, there’s tall yellow grass and marsh-plants. During the winter, it’s covered in white snow, and in the spring the grass begins to grow and the air is great up there. This location is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which takes you all the way into Salt Lake City.”

6. City and County Building

A historic gem nestled in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the City and County Building is an architectural marvel that captivates visitors year-round. During the holiday season, the building transforms into a dazzling spectacle with thousands of twinkling lights, creating a festive atmosphere that draws locals and tourists alike.

great salt lake at sunset

7. The Great Salt Lake

Nature’s spectacle unfolds at the Great Salt Lake, a vast and mesmerizing body of water surrounded by surreal landscapes. The high salinity of the lake creates unique salt flats, and its shores serve as a crucial habitat for migratory birds. Visitors can witness stunning sunsets over the lake, adding to the allure of this natural wonder.

8. Capitol Hill

Standing atop Capitol Hill, the Utah State Capitol building is a testament to neoclassical architecture and political history. The Capitol’s interior showcases impressive murals and sculptures, while the exterior offers panoramic views of Salt Lake City, providing a blend of cultural enrichment and scenic beauty. Whether you’re viewing the capitol building from the inside or admiring it from afar, this local landmark is one of the most beautiful sights in the city.

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