Utah is full of great natural wonders and recreation. I never realized this until I visited Salt Lake City for an exhibition with some friends. One morning, we decided to pack up the rental car at 5am and head out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for sunrise, about an hour and a half from SLC. I had no idea where we were going, but the reward was worth it.
The Salt Flats stretch over 30,000 acres near the Utah-Nevada border, some areas with no mountains, making the land look like a lake covered with snow. Nothing grows there. It is dead and barren, but breathtakingly beautiful at 6:30am. You can walk around anywhere you want, but don't wear shoes you wouldn't want to ruin, and I advise you not to touch the salt unless you can wash your hands immediately. Salt burns!
We finished our morning adventure by crossing the border to Nevada and refueling on eggs and french toast at the Peppermill Casino, great for people watching at 9am.