If a sense of adventure is in your blood, then a road trip through the Southwest region of the nation is your paradise. Naturally, the area has its showstoppers – the Grand Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Bryce Canyon and Monument Park – but it’s the drives between these destinations that will really surprise and delight. Check out our favorite small towns in the Southwest:
Medicine Park, Oklahoma, is nestled in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma and was named a finalist for “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine. Visitors will find a hidden gem in this vintage cobblestone resort town. Surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, including the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, its charming streets are lined with cobblestone, quaint shops and historic buildings.
The name Nogales comes from the Spanish word “walnut.” Walnut trees once grew abundantly in the mountain pass between the cities of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico. Take a stroll along historic Morley Avenue to explore the quaint gift shops and mom-and-pop restaurants. Many of the stores established in the early 1900s are run by descendants of pioneer merchants and are still thriving today.
Bend on over to Alpine, Texas, for breathtaking views of the Big Bend. Alpine is a living, breathing oasis in the desert where you’ll find the perfect spot for an afternoon coffee break, plenty of unique shopping and more. Alpine has the West Texas charm that can be felt all throughout the town. Between historic museums, art galleries, gift shops and tasty restaurants, you’ll never be short of things to do in this quaint town!
Lordsburg, New Mexico
Ready for your next adventure? A trip to Lordsburg is like taking a step back in time to 1880, when the Southern Pacific Railroad came through from the west. The town is also the birthplace of the official New Mexico State song, O Fair New Mexico. A 4-hour drive from Phoenix, Lordsburg has been a popular rest stop for people traveling to and from the West Coast by car.
Located just north of Oklahoma City, Edmond is considered by many to be the “Crown Jewel” of Oklahoma. In 2011, Edmond was #1 on CNBC’s “10 Perfect Suburbs” list. It was also featured as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live in 2007” by Relocate America. Bring the whole family for a weekend getaway to enjoy hiking, fishing, shopping, swimming and more.
What’s your favorite town in the Southwest and why? We would love to hear from you! We invite you to share your top picks in the comment section below.