If you’re looking for a truly unique place to explore, you can’t go wrong with the American Southwest.
There’s plenty to do and see in this region of the country — and it offers sights, sounds, and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else. That’s what makes it so special.
So if you’re planning your next vacation in this area, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’re going to highlight a few of the best ways to experience the American Southwest.
Nevada is one state that has amazing attractions that truly run the gamut within an easy drive. Of course, for many, Nevada means one thing: Vegas, baby!
Las Vegas is a prime vacation and conference spot, attracting millions of people each year. Spend time checking out the famous Strip, casinos, fine dining, and internationally renowned shows. You will always have things to see and do here.
If you want to explore a bit of nature, you don’t have to go far outside downtown Las Vegas. Head to Valley of Fire State Park, it’s less than an hour from the city. Here you can explore red sandstone rocks, petroglyphs, and petrified trees that are thousands of years old.
Arizona’s biggest attraction is one of the most famous parks in the world, the Grand Canyon. This National Park is one of the most visited, and it’s easy to see why. It’s truly a natural wonder on an epic scale.
Sedona is another really cool spot that people love to visit in Arizona. It’s not far outside of Phoenix but has a decidedly different flair. Sedona is home to a thriving community of artists, making for great shopping. You can also explore the red rocks by hike or jeep tour and check out the famous Chaple of the Holy Cross, built in the side of a mountain.
New Mexico is home to some really amazing natural wonders. That includes the White Sands National Monument, which is the “world’s largest gypsum dune field.” Carlsbad Caverns is another National Park to visit in New Mexico. It’s home to over 100 underground caves to explore.
In Albuquerque, head to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and learn about the culture, history, and art of this Native American tribe. And, if you happen to be in Albuquerque in October, be sure to check out the International Balloon Fiesta, a week-long hot air balloon event.
If you want to see some of the most amazing National Parks in a concentrated area, be sure to head to Utah. Here, you’ll find three of the most beautiful parks in the entire system: Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches.
Although they are in the same state, each of these parks offers stunning monuments, views, and hikes that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
For a taste of city life, spend some time in Salt Lake City. Explore the Utah Olympic Park. It has tons of fun summer and winter activities. Temple Square is another place to spend some time too. It’s home to the famous Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle Choir.
While there is plenty more to see and do in the American Southwest, these are just a few places to get you started during your time there. Have fun and keep exploring!