To Johnny Triumph,The world wide web has essentially done away with
I suggest I-15, which will take you to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I-80 is nice
too. It will get you to Reno, Sacramento, and San Francisco to the west, and to
great places like Omaha and Chicago to the east.
As native of the Beehive State. I'm still always impressed the natural
beauty of Utah. I traveled Highway 12 - Escalante to Torrey not too many years
after it was paved (or so the map indicated). That is definitely an
All-American Highway ranking above almost any other highway I've traveled.
Some other good ones deserve mentioning. The Bicentennial Highway across Lake
Powell to Mexican Hat is another - not to be missed, as another person
commented. I'd add - the 110-mile no-facilities stretch of I-70 as well.
No one will bother you if you pull off to the side and take some photos of the
unusual formations (San Rafael Swell, I believe). I've pronounced the
section from the junction near Cove Fort to Denver as the most beautiful stretch
of interstate in the US. There are other remarkable highways - the Alpine Loop
on the backside of Timpanogos is a great ride. Big and Little Cottonwood
Canyons are well-known, The road up the cliffs to Dead Horse Point. Or Parowan
Canyon up to Brianhead. And don't forget the road over the plateau past
Navajo Lake, with its awesome views above Zion Natl Park.
I would also suggest Mirror Lake Highway, but the title does say "Underrated
Utah drives." This was a great article! I love all the recommendations.
If you're on the wasatch front - the loop around Mt. Nebo is a great 3-5 hr
drive - enter from Nephi or Payson side - lots of great places to just enjoy
Quit spilling our secrets!
Not a bad list but I would add Hwy 95, Utah's Bicentennial Highway that
runs from Hanksville to US 191 just south of Blanding. Another opportunity on
this route is to turn south on UT 261 just past Natural Bridges National
Monument and visit Muley Point then take Moki Dugway to Valley of the Gods and
Goosenecks State Park. This is a great route to take if you want to visit Glen
Canyon/Lake Powell and Monument Valley. Hwy 95 is one of the most
under-discovered roads in Utah with tons of trails, canyons, ruins, and scenery.