Ah, the American Southwest.
So, it’s no wonder the Southwest is growing in popularity; both as a place to live and visit.
In this post, we’re going to focus on the visiting part and highlight some of the best Southwest landmarks that you’ll want to add to your itinerary during your next trip to this region.
Let’s take a look.
Ask anyone to picture the Southwest in their mind and it’s likely filled with images of scenic landscapes from the National Park System.
The American Southwest is chock full of some of the most popular, and unique, parks in the entire system. So you’ll want to make time to explore some of these destinations.
Grand Canyon National Park
This might be the most famous National Park in the world, and for good reason! The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder to behold. Hike around the rim, or if you’re brave enough, make the voyage to the canyon floor.
Arches National Park
Arches is another really popular and special gem of the National Park. Explore over 2,000 of these naturally formed arches surrounded by brightly colored rocks and sand.
Monument Valley Tribal Park
You’ve probably seen the backdrop of Monument Valley in dozens of movies set in the ‘Old West’ in your life. It’s hard to deny how majestic this area is, definitely Instagram worthy. It sits on Navajo tribal land.
Las Vegas Strip
If you don’t want a trip that is totally full of natural wonders head to Vegas. There, you can explore one of the man-made marvels of the world — the Las Vegas Strip. Spend your time here taking in shows, enjoying world-class restaurants, or testing your luck at one of the many casinos.
Not far from the Las Vegas Strip you’ll find another modern feat of engineering, the Hoover Dam. The dam is open for tours daily so you can marvel at the sheer size and scale of this project, which was completed in 1935.
What’s the opposite of the hustle and bustle of the strip? How about the Taos Pueblo, which has been home to Native Americans continuously for 1,000 years — including today. While you won’t find neon signs here, you can still wonder at this structure that has been standing since well before the first European settlers arrived in this country.
If you want to spend any of your time visiting these Southwestern landmarks as part of a road trip then you have to make sure you hit up Route 66. The end of famous road runs through New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California and still features plenty of fun sights to see.
Regardless of where you are spending time in the American Southwest, you’ll never run out of landmarks to see and explore be sure to enjoy your time there.