Chicago's beautiful but Utah is a place that puts it and a lot of other places in the world to shame. With deserts, salt flats, red rocks, slot canyons, lots of wildlife, forests, great skiing, and so much more, Utah is an outdoor lover's dream. I think that outside of the U.S moreso but even within the U.S., Utah is underrated big time. Everyone wants to visit New Zealand these days, for good reason, but Utah is somewhere that absolutely blew me away and worth a closer look. It'll leave your pockets more filled - good accommodations are cheap as well as gas and food.