Northern Utah's breath-taking destination spots for unique portrait and landscape photos.

1. Bonneville Salt Flats

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There's no question as to why I named the Bonneville Salt Flats #1. As one of the only Salt Flats locations in the United States, the Bonneville Salt Flats go on for miles with their pristine beauty and clean white floor. Located just northeast of Wendover, Utah, the Salt Flats are also used for record setting racing. It is free to visit the Salt Flats, but it is quite a drive at about 110 miles away  (about an hour and a half drive) from Salt Lake City. 

2. Little Sahara Sand Dunes

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Located in Nephi, Utah, Little Sahara Sand Dunes hold a majestic desert vibe that will make you forget that you're only an hour away from green canyons and tall mountains. It costs $18 per vehicle to visit Little Sahara and there's little to no cell phone reception inside the park. There is a visitor's center that makes a good landmark to meet family members and friends if you are worried about getting lost. 

3. Midway Ice Castles

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The Midway Ice Castles are a seasonal attraction near Homestead Crater that can be visited in certain winter months. The Ice Castles only allow photoshoots on weekdays as it can get very crowded on the weekends. It is $15 on weekdays to visit for adults and $11 for children. Make sure to call ahead as their photography policy is subject to change. 

One thing that I cannot recommend enough is to pack warm clothes when visiting the Ice Castles. It is well below freezing outside in this area during the winter and I recommend bringing blankets and hand warmers to cozy up in between photos for a quick break if you don't want to wear heavy coats in your photos. The Ice Castles also sell concessions and have warm hot chocolate available for purchase. 

5. The Spiral Jetty

The Spiral Jetty is a sculpture of rocks created by artist Robert Smithson in Corinne, Utah.  There's a parking lot about a half a mile from the Spiral Jetty and it's a bit of a walk to the water (depending on the time of year and water levels). If you're lucky, you'll be able to visit when the water is a vibrant pink. If you visit, be sure to fill up your gas tank and bring plenty of water and snacks as there are no establishments or gas stations near the Spiral Jetty. The drive there can be a little rocky, but it's worth the trip if you're up for an adventure!           

6. McPolin Farm, The White Barn, in Park City

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The McPolin Farm offers plenty of backdrops with a view of the hills and Mountains in Park City. During the month of July, a large American Flag drapes down the front of the White Barn as a tribute to the freedom of the United States. The barn faces directly towards the sun at the end of the day, so it's best to go earlier if you'd like photos with the whole barn in the background. 

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