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Traveling the Southwest will be better planned with our weather, time, special southwest travel information and more. Find out some important information that may affect your travel plans.

Best Ice Cream in the Southwest
The Scoop on the Best Frozen Treats in the Southwest Region

Southwest Amusements
Looking for a few thrills this summer? Here are some of the greatest amusement parks in the Southwest.

Cool Down in the Southwest
Summer heat getting the best of you? Here are some unique ways to cool off in the Southwest.

Top Baseball Experiences in the Southwest
Summer is here, and if you haven’t sipped a beer and bitten into a hotdog at a baseball game yet, now’s the perfect time. Here are some of the best baseball experiences the Southwest has to offer.

Cool Down in the Southwest
The heat of summer is already starting to set in, and the mercury is going to continue to rise as we head toward July and August. Looking for a place to beat the heat? Here are some great spots to try.

Best Places to Cool Off in the Southwest
The idea of summer already getting the best of you? Fortunately, there’s relief. Here are some wonderful places in the Southwest where you can cool down.

Unique Attractions in Houston
The Lone Star State is filled with surprises. If you're planning a trip to Houston soon, don't miss these little-known gems.

Adventurous Escapes in the Southwest
Like an occasional adrenaline rush? Then pay attention. Here are the best places to get your heart pumping in the Southwest region of the country.

Phoenix for all Types
Here’s a look at what to see in Phoenix.

The Best Southwest Spas
Been craving some rest and relaxation? You’ve come to the right place. The Southwest is filled with places that will pamper your body and sooth your soul. Here’s a list of some of the best places to get a spa treatment.

Tips for Southwest Travel
If you’re heading to the Southwest in the near future, here are some handy travel tips you’ll want to consider before you take off.

Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the Southwest
Where to go for the best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the Southwest

The Best Annual Events and Festivals in the Southwest
The Southwest United States' Best Annual Events and Festivals.

Planning Map of Texas Rivers and Lakes
The Southwest US, even in the desert, has rivers and lakes for recreation, fishing and boating. This map of Texas shows the rivers and lakes.

Planning Map of Nevada Rivers and Lakes
The Southwest US, even in the desert, has rivers and lakes for recreation, fishing and boating. This map of Nevada shows the rivers and lakes.

Southwest US Events and Travel Deals and Promotions
Special events and travel deals in the Southwest US.

Planning Map of Colorado Rivers and Lakes
The Southwest US, even in the desert, has rivers and lakes for recreation, fishing and boating. This map of Colorado shows the rivers and lakes.

Planning Map of New Mexico Rivers and Lakes
The Southwest US, even in the desert, has rivers and lakes for recreation, fishing and boating. This map of New Mexico shows the rivers and lakes.

Planning Maps of the Southwestern United States Rivers and Lakes
The Southwest US, even in the desert, has rivers and lakes for recreation, fishing and boating. These maps of Southwest US states show the rivers and lakes of each state.

Free Things to Do and See in the Southwest US
There are so many things to do and see in the Southwest that are absolutely free. Festivals, parades, museums and so much more are free to the visitor.

Altitude Sickness - When Your Body Rebels at over 9,000 Feet
Altitude Sickness affects almost one out of three people who travel to high altitude destinations. What’s high altitude? Well for some, it might be 5,000 feet while for others it might not be an issue until they hit 10,000 feet. Altitude sickness is unpredictable. It can affect the young fit hiker as well as the elderly traveler. It can affect you one one trip but not the next.

Travel with Dogs - Dog-Friendly Hotels, Pet Parks, Travel Information
Travel with dogs can be easy if you know where your canine companion is welcome. Find out where you can stay with your dog, exercise your dog and care for your dog while on vacation.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Southwest U.S.
These sites have been named by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in the Southwestern U.S. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. You will want to visit each and every one.

Reader Suggestions for Gay and Lesbian Travel - Gay and Lesbian Trave…
Throughout the Southwestern United States, there are many gay and lesbian-friendly resorts, hotels, inns and communities. We can't be everywhere. We invite readers to provide leads and reviews to help others looking for that ideal, welcoming vacation.

Where to Go in the Southwest for Your Clothing Optional Vacation
Nude, naturist, clothing optional resorts, destinations, clubs in each state of the Southwestern U.S. provide you with leads on where to go for your clothing optional vacation or day trip.

Gay Travel Guide to the Southwest
Throughout the Southwestern United States, there are many gay and lesbian-friendly resorts, hotels, inns and communities.

Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli),
The plant, pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli), is both a popular Southwest U.S. landscaping plant as well as a threat to some people.

Southwest for Horse Lovers
The Southwestern U.S. is a horse lover's paradise. From all-inclusive dude ranch vacations to enjoying a parade with the most horses you'll ever see, we provide you with a guide to finding the horses in the Southwest.

Where and When to See Wildflowers in the Southwest
Here's your state by state guide to wildflowers in the Southwest. Learn about wildflowers and where to spot them in Spring and Summer. This is a great guide for students and for photographers.

Alone on Valentine's Day - You Can Be Solo in the Southwest and Enjoy It!
It's inevitable that there will be some Valentine's Days when you will be flying solo. If you are alone on Valentine's Day in the Southwest, here are some great things to do that don't require the love of your life to accompany you.

What is a Javelina?
The javelina is a dark grey peccary (not a pig) with a subtle white collar. Javelina live in semi desert areas of Mexico and Southwestern United States

Star Party Basics - What You Need to Know About Attending a Star Party
Star parties are all about dark skies and dark viewing areas. Be sure you understand the rules and plan accordingly. Make necessary preparations ahead of time. Above all learn about star parties and how you can be a good neighbor so everyone can enjoy these dark sky events.

Finding Dark Skiy Sites in the Southwestern U.S.
Want to find dark sky sites in the Southwest? Dark sky destinations are precious and becoming harder to find. Dark sky tourism appeals to amateur astronomers looking for prime viewing space, dark-skies advocates, as well as travelers who just love to vacation where they can enjoy stargazing under a truly dark sky.

Dude Ranches in the Southwest
Dude ranches, or guest ranches, have been a mainstay of southwest tourism for many years. Dude ranches of today offer service and accommodations a cut above the drafty bunk houses of yesteryear, yet guests will experience the feel of a working ranch, learn about horses and sample cowboy cuisine. Here's our list of dude ranches in the Southwest.

Historic Hotels of the Southwest
The historic inns and hotels of the Southwest are worth a stay so you can immerse yourself in their history. Only by staying at a Southwest historic hotel or inn can you fully appreciate the architecture and architectural details. We provide you with our own photographs so you not only see what the hotels and inns really look like and appreciate the architecture and history, you can make your pla…

Southwest Hot Air Balloon Events
Love hot air balloons? The Southwest has some great hot air balloon events for you to enjoy. From the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta to the Great Reno Balloon Race, you'll love the beauty of these colorful balloons.

4th of July in the Great American Southwest
No matter where you are in the Southwest, you are sure to find a memorable 4th of July Celebrations. Whether it's a small town 4th or a stay at a luxurious resort, we have some suggestions for a sizzling 4th of July in the Southwest

Avoiding the Plague While Traveling in the Southwest - Plague Tips
From time to time you hear about people who come down with the plague. I have heard about an outbreak in Utah and, most recently, in northern Arizona. While catching the plague is pretty rare, it's not a bad idea to learn something about it... just in case.

Birding Hot Spots in the Southwestern U.S. - Great Places for Birders
Here's our Southwest U.S. Birding Guide. The Southwest, with it's mild climate, is a destination for migrating birds. Find out where to see wild birds in the Southwest.

Correct Time in the Southwestern United States
Sometimes it gets a bit confusing when you travel from state to state in the Southwest. It gets more than a bit confusing when Day Light Savings is in effect as Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Here are links for the current time in key cities in the Southwest.

Historic Missions of the Southwest
The Missions of the Southwest tell the story of the meeting of the Hispanic and Native American cultures and the part that faith had to play in Southwest history. Many missions, beautifully restored, are available for visitors and for local parishoners as well. Find these beautiful historic missions in the 6 Southwest states and plan your...

Hostels and Budget Hotels in the Southwest
Find a hostel or a super-budget hotel in the Southwest. Plan a trip that won't break your budget.

Mysteries of the American Southwest
Dinosaurs, ghosts, ancient mysteries and wandering Saguaros will intrigue you as you travel the Southwest. Find out about the most mysterious and interesting sites in the Southwestern United States.

Places to Find Chocolate in the Southwest
Love chocolate? There are some unusual, beautiful and delicious chocolate-oriented places in the Southwest. We have found everything from a world-class chocoate fountain to a home grown chocolate factory you can visit.

Places to Find Fall Color in the Southwestern United States
From the Aspens of Colorado to the riot of color in Arizona's high country, the Southwestern United States offers a leaf-peeper's paradise. We have chosen sites that take you to where the colors are.

Primary Airports of the Southwestern United States
If you are flying to the Southwest for the first time, or especially if you are traveling from outside the United States, you will find this airport information helpful.

Romantic Ideas from the Southwest
Travel to romantic southwest destinations or prepare a special meal at home full of southwest flavor. The choice is yours. The southwest states are filled with romance, fun and great ideas for your romantic getaway.

Share Your Southwest Vacation With Us - User Submission Form
No travel web site is complete without photos and stories to inspire those planning a trip and to bring back memories for those who have already been. If you are enthusiastic about your Southwest travel stories or photos and would like to see them up on the Southwest for Visitors site, I welcome all submissions.

Sometimes a Girl's Just Gotta Getaway - Great Escapes in the Southwes…
We found some great ideas for your girls' getaway weekend or retreat. The Southwest offers spas, dude ranches and resorts that would be ideal for a girls' getaway escape. These places are women-tested and guarantee you a fantastic escape. So whether it's a solo vacation or a time to re-connect with special women in your life, you will enjoy our special places.

Southwest Clothing Optional and Nude Safety Zones
You may not be a naturist but sometimes you just want to go somewhere where you can be nude for awhile. It's hot in the Southwest and there are places where you can be topless by the pool or nude in the resort's hot tub. This isn't a list for naturists, but it's a good start for someone who's clothing is getting the best of them.

Southwest Destinations for April
Top Southwest Destinations for April - Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Southwest Destinations for August
Top Southwest Destinations for August - Southwestern US Events and Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Southwest Destinations for December
In the beautiful Southwest, you can enjoy the snow or choose a more sunny climate. There is much to do and see in December.

Southwest Destinations for July
Top Southwest Destinations for July - Southwestern US Events and Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Southwest Destinations for May
Top Southwest Destinations for May - Southwestern US Events and Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Southwest Destinations for October
Top Southwest Destinations for October - Southwestern US Events and Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Southwest Destinations for September
Top Southwest Destinations for September - Southwestern US Events and Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Southwest Events and Destinations for February
Top Southwest Events and Destinations for February

Southwest Events and Destinations for January
Top Southwest Events and Destinations for January

Southwest Events and Destinations for March
Top Southwest Events and Destinations for March

Southwest States Weather - What's the Weather in the Southwest?
The Southwestern United States is very diverse. From the Rocky Mountain high country to the valley of the sun in Arizona, weather can be extreme. We provide the best weather information for those traveling to the Southwestern United States

Southwest United States Travel Basics - Southwest Travel
When you travel throughout the Southwest you will encounter deserts, mountains, large cities and, when in Texas, coastline and islands. Although we can prepare you for travel in the desert, which has the most extreme climate, it is important to realize that you may be traveling through a variety of climates and eco-systems

Southwest Vacation Ideas for Your Trip in the Southwestern United States
If you are planning for a vacation in America's southwest, you will want to include our top vacation destinations. We have all you need to know to plan your southwest vacation.

Special Interest Travel in the Southwestern United States
It may be that you are a foodie, a book enthusiast, a train traveler, family with kids or are gay looking for gay resorts. No matter what your special interest, we try to head you in the right direction when it comes to travel in the Southwestern U.S.

Tips for Ruining Your Southwest Vacation
The high deserts of the Southwest are breathtakingly beautiful, but the rough terrain demands respect and vigilance. Being too careless can bring an early end to an otherwise incredible Southwest vacation.

Top 10 Southwest Destinations for June
Top Southwest Destinations for June - Southwestern US Events and Best Places to see in the Southwestern U.S.

Top 8 Southwest Holiday Ideas for Your Trip in the Southwestern United States
If you are planning for a holiday in America's southwest, you will want to include our top holiday destinations. We have all you need to know to plan your southwest holiday.

Top Places in the Southwest for a Real Wild West Experience
The Southwest is the place to go for a real Wild West experience. Whether you want to ride like a cowboy or stay where the Western stars of yesteryear stayed, we have the place for your Wild West vacation.

Top Southwest Travel Adventures
The Southwest is a great place for a travel adventure. Fly over the Grand Canyon in a bubble or rope cattle in a dude ranch rodeo. If you want to fly, ride or peek over the edge of a Southwest canyon, we have some great ideas for your Southwest adventure vacation.

Top Southwest Vacation Ideas - Best Places to Vaction
If you are planning for a vacation in America's southwest, you will want to include our top vacation destinations. We have all you need to know to plan your southwest vacation

Traveling with Children in the Southwest - Kid Friendly Resorts and Attractions
Traveling with children in the Southwest can be a memorable family experience. There are child-friendly resorts, places to go and things to see that maybe educational or just plain fun.

Visiting During Monsoon Season - What You Need to Know
Monsoon is a weather condition that is actually defined as a season. In Arizona, we typically experience monsoon storms during the summer. Humidity levels increase, and the season is marked by wind storms, dust storms, and periods of heavy desert rains.

Best Denver Attractions
The Coolest Things to See and Do in the Mile High City

Best Things to do in Las Vegas off the Strip
Think the only reason to go to Las Vegas is to gamble? Think again. If you’re wiling to get off the Strip, there are a great number of activities. From hiking to chocolate tasting, there’s a little something for everyone.

Hottest Concert Venues in the Southwest
Been craving some live music under the stars? Whether you’ve been waiting for your favorite band to announce tour dates or simply want to sway to an unknown band at a free concert, there are lots of wonderful live music venues in the Southwest. Here are some of the best:

Best Aquariums in the Southwest
Think you need to be by the sea to see the sea creatures? Think again. Here are some of the coolest aquariums in the Southwest.

Arizona Day-Trippin’
A day-trip to Old Town Cottonwood in Arizona offers gourmet food, delicious wines and more.

Fall Foliage in the Southwest
The Southwest is home to a variety of wonderful locations that are perfect for seeing the leaves change.

Spooky Spots in the Southwest
If you’re the type who enjoys a little fright with your travels, here are some of the scariest spots to visit in the Southwest.

Best Museum Cities in the Southwest
From brand new offerings to tried-and-tested institutions, you’re bound to find museums that suit you in these culture-rich cities.

Lesser-Known Ski Destinations in the Southwest
Tired of the crowds at popular ski resorts in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico? For a more rustic adventure, try one of these lesser-known destinations.

Retreat to the Southwest
Aspiring songwriter? Sommelier wannabe? No matter what your hidden talent, there’s a way to celebrate it with these special themed Southwest events.

Five-Star Fitness
Here are four places in the Southwest where you’ll find the best of the best.

Holiday Pleasures in the Southwest
The Southwest is filled with wonderful spots that will make your mind, body and soul glow this winter.

Alternative Sightseeing in the Southwest
Consider these alternative ways of discovering the great Southwest frontier.

Holiday Events in the Southwest
The Southwest is filled with fun festivals and events to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Romantic Getaways in the Southwest
If you’re considering a trip with that special someone in your life, here’s a list of some of the places in the Southwest you won’t want to miss.

Southwest Winter Travel Tips
Planning a trip to the Southwest this winter season? Here are some ways to stretch your dollar and see as much as possible during your visit.

Travel Trends in 2012
With more than ever to see and do in the Southwest, you can bet the New Year will bring with it the promise of exciting new activities, hot new destinations and overall smarter travels.

Travel With Kids in the Southwest
Planning to take your little ones on your next trip to the Southwest? Here are some travel tips to keep you warm, safe and happy.

Sweet Southwest Spots
Considering hitting the road with your sweetie? There are loads of stunning, romantic destinations to consider in the Southwest.

Playtime in the Texas Hill Country
Here’s an update on what’s happening this spring in the Texas Hill Country.

Cruising in the Southwest
The deserts of Arizona may not conjure up visions of romantic ocean escapes, but if you live in or enjoy traveling to the Southwest, it’s actually a wonderful place to plan a cruise.

Places to Visit This Spring
If you’re planning a visit to the Southwest this Spring, here are four wonderful cities to consider.

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