The best vantage point of Salt Lake City could arguably be along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the foothills, which encompasses views of the sprawling city straight ahead, the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.
But Salt Lake’s rolling terrain isn’t just an ideal locale to take in the view; it’s also the ideal vista. At five stories tall, Salt Lake City’s main public library branch may not be the tallest building in town, but its rooftop garden provides a scenic foreground to absorb the panoramic mountains that trace along the background. From here, you’ll be able to spot the celestial Mount Olympus looming over the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley.
Of course, if you’re flying into Salt Lake, be sure to catch an aerial view of the scene below you. With two mountain ranges flanking Salt Lake City to the east and west, and the Great Salt Lake to the north, a window seat on the airplane provides visitors with a remarkable geological perspective.