Approximately 90 minutes west of Salt Lake International Airport, on Interstate 80, lies the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. The flats are a geological remnant of a large salt lake that once covered the now barren desert. Several films including Independence Day and Pirates of the Caribbean have been filmed on location at the flats. The Bonneville Raceway held the World Land Speed Record of 630 miles per hour, until it was broken in Nevada in 1983.
The Flats are an easy drive from the Salt Lake City metro area, and are a must if you are visiting the region. They are also a must if you are looking for a location to stop while planning a Western road trip, or even just passing by on Interstate 80.