Utah's Dixie. Many of southwestern Utah’s Mormon settlers arrived from the American South and brought the name "Dixie" with them. St. George, the main population center in this area, is often the hottest place in the state—not just in temperature, but in culture, activities, and tourist attractions. Locals from the north migrate here during cold months, and the region has earned a second nickname: Utah's Miami.
Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument. Three distinct sections define the 1.7 million acres of this region—the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante. Here, among the waterfalls, Native American ruins and petroglyphs, and slot canyons, improbable colors abound.