There’s little to beat the amazing vistas on show in the South West. Areas like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park are well-known but there’s practically a breathtaking new view around every corner. Don’t miss the Valley of Fire State Park, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area or the impossibly photogenic Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River.
The scope of history in this part of the United States is as epic as its landscapes. From ancient cliff dwelling and cave paintings to Aztec ruins, Navajo and Apache sacred places, Spanish missions and abandoned mining towns, there’s plenty to see. You can even watch a Wild-West gun-fight at the Ok Coral, every day at 2pm in the old silver mining town of Tombstone.
Native American Culture
If you want to gain an insight into Native American culture, you’re in the right place. The Navajo Reservation alone covers more than 27,000 square miles and there are 19 Indian pueblos in New Mexico. Two of the most visually arresting geological sites in the South West, Monument Valley and the Canyon du Chelly, are protected as sacred places and tribal imagery influences the art that’s produced across the region.
The American South West is considered to be one of the best places in the world to look up at the stars. Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah, the Sonoran Desert, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon are amongst the most rewarding spots. You can also visit observatories in Flagstaff, Los Angeles and the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico.
Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Stretching between Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the iconic Route 66 has some of its most famous and quirky roadside attractions in this region. Look out for the World’s Largest Petrified Tree, the Golf Ball House, Uranium Cafe and Mr D’z Route 66 Diner on your way to Santa Monica.
International Film Festival in March and the Latino Carnaval Miami; the massively popular Art Basel festival happens in December; and that's just for starters.