Road trips from Southern California: Utah
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12. Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah( Jerel Harris / For The Times )
Cedar Breaks National Monument is closed from October through late May because of heavy snowfall, but the rest of the year, it's a stellar place to visit. There are wildflower walks and monthly star-gazing parties to enjoy in spring and summer, and fall color tours in autumn. And, of course, views of the spectacular 3-mile long, 2,000-foot-deep, naturally occurring "amphitheater" are there all year long.
Visitors in 2009: 492,353
More info: http://www.nps.gov/cebr/index.htm