When so-called experts rate states for natural beauty, California usually comes in first. Utah tends to rank 4th or 5th. A strong case could be made for ranking Utah higher. After all, it doesn’t have a dramatic coastline.
What it does have is an extreme number of unparallelled national parks, Zion, fine national monuments like the new Bears Ears, and exceptional state parks, like Dead Horse Point.
While I debate Utah’s rating, I want to nominate Interstate 70 between Salina and Green River, where Ruth and I are, as the most beautiful interstate drive.