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After more than a century of rating restaurants, hotels and destinations, Michelin, the French tire company that publishes the iconic Michelin Guides for travelers, has decided that Utah is deserving of the very first three-star designation for a state. In fact, the Beehive State is the only one in the U.S. to get a star rating of any kind.

Michelin began publishing its Michelin Guide to travel in France in 1900 to encourage more automobile travel and thus sell more tires. The company now publishes guides worldwide. 

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