Encompassing Utah, Colorado, California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, the American Southwest offers many destinations that range from the educational and relaxing to the high stakes fun of gambling and white river rafting. Whether you’re looking for excitement or a place to get away from it all, you will find it here.
The Southwest’s most notorious vacation destination is Las Vegas, Nevada. With a pleasant year round climate and many activities for the risk taking adventurer, it is a destination for many year round- but did you know that there’s a softer side to Las Vegas? While the fast pace city offers many grand attractions and casinos, not far away is the beautiful Red Rock Canyon- part of which surrounds the city, and the uniquely scenic Valley of Fire.
Texas is well known for being the place for adventure- from the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to the Padre Island National seashore, excitement and fun are a trademark of this large state. With plenty to explore, Texas offers everything from nightlife to wildlife. Nearby Arizona with its fascinating scenery inspires the imagination with brilliant parks and trails to the eclectic and artistic Sedona nestled on the southern end of the Oak Creek Canyon.
California and Colorado offer many relaxing getaways for those looking to just unwind and take in the forests. California is the destination for many seeking a Southwest vacation that includes Yosemite National Park, a breathtaking scenic park, year round with many access points sure to please even the most adventuresome hiker, but also, relaxing, beautiful scenery for those more interested in a quiet nature walk. Colorado and Utah share the Dinosaur National Monument, where the largest collection of Jurassic period bones were ever found and the Hovenweep National Monument, which also offers amazing insights into the Pueblo period with its mid 13th century ruins.
From the unique beauty of the Petrified forest in Arizona, to the Great Sand dunes of Colorado, the Southwest has adventure and history at every turn. Imagine exploring culture rich Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, with its scenic trails winding you through majestic cave dwellings and historic pueblo ruins, or having a breathtaking stroll through California’s Redwood National Park. Whatever you’re looking for, a Southwestern vacation is sure to offer it and much more.
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