I have traveled Europe, Hawaii, and Central and South America and I have to say… my favorite place… is Utah.
Epic monumental sandstone features… arches, mushrooms, amphitheaters, canyons, gorges, pinnacles… It’s like being on another planet.
I like big open spaces, starry skies, rivers that wind through alien landscapes. Bonfires and whiskey. No tent, just a pad and a pillow. Epic sunrises and sunsets. The occasional UFO…
And people are just generally awesome in the west.
I did my first trip around Utah/AZ with a small kickass company called Wicked Desert (Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches…) If you’re on a budget or not set on driving I’d recommend them…. they introduced me to some people and places that changed my life.