9. Flaming Gorge, northeast Utah
This is where all those abundant natural sites start to come in. And the first one on the list is the legendary Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, found in northeast Utah/southwest Wyoming. The name comes from a man we’ve written about on a previous occasion – John Wesley Powell. He named the area “Flaming Gorge” because of the bright red color of the sandstone cliffs adjacent to the river during his 1869 expedition through the area. When looking for the best places to visit in Utah, be sure to check this one out, as it has 43 campgrounds with 700 campsites along its 91 miles of waterway and 360 miles of shoreline. Wow!