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Southwest Destinations for April

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There is something for everyone in the Southwest in April.

1. Make Friends from Around the World at Arizona's White Stallion Ranch

The White Stallion Ranch is a family-owned working ranch. With Longhorn cattle coming in for water every day and outdoor bar-b-que's, the White Stallion Ranch has plenty of Western atmosphere. Settle in and enjoy the mountain and desert views. Once you get there, you won't want to leave.

2. Stay at a Wickenburg, Arizona Guest Ranch

It's heating up but Rancho de los Caballeros doesn't close until after Mother's Day. Rancho de los Caballeros is a well respected guest ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona. Families have been coming to the ranch for over 50 years to golf, ride, enjoy fine dining and soak up the desert sunshine. The ranch recently added a spa.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball in Phoenix

Season tickets are always available for Dbacks games. The organizations also makes avaiable half-season and partial-season ticket plans. Single game tickets for Arizona Diamondbacks games usually go on sale during mid to late February. Prices for single game tickets in the upper deck are affordable and range from $5 to $20.

4. Bayou City Cajun Festival - Houston, Texas

Crazy Cajun music, hot dancing and spicy foods guarantee there'll be 'Big Fun on the Bayou' at Traders Village, the Gulf Coast's largest market and entertainment complex, with over 1,000 dealers, rides, fun foods, and, of course, the Cajun Fest.

5. Spring Butterfly Exhibit - Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

The popular Spring Butterfly Exhibit returns to the Garden’s Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. The exhibit features lush gardens full of flowers that is a butterfly lover’s paradise. One thousand butterflies surround you, some flying and others perched in sunny locations, to allow for butterfly encounters that delight visitors of all ages.

6. Visit Grand Canyon West and the New Skywalk

Apollo 11 Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, known for making historic first steps on the moon, lead the First Walk on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. If you fly up or brave the unpaved road from Peach Springs, you can experience the skywalk. Keep in mind, though, the canyon itself is a breathtaking sight.

7. Hunt for Wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country

Spring is a great time to see the Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet, in all it’s glory. And, if that isn’t enough, over 5,000 varieties of wild flowers carpet the rolling hills of the central Texas Hill Country. Whether you like to tour wineries, hike, or kick back at a historic B&B, the Texas Hill Country will have something for you.

8. Fiesta Week - San Antonio, Texas

Every spring, San Antonio Texas goes all out for Fiesta Week.With parades, parties, runs and more, Fiesta Week is a sure bet for a spring vacation destination. There is truly something for everyone at Fiesta Week.

9. Southwest Wildflower Trails

In the Southwest, it’s all about the rain. A rainy winter can produce lush and showy wildflowers. A dry winter… well, just the opposite. No matter how much water comes to the desert, you will most always find beautiful displays of flowering cacti. Some bloom in the Spring and some in the Summer. We have selected these websites as the best for desert and mountain wildflower information.

10. Strawberry Festival - Poteet, Texas

The Poteet Strawberry Festival® is one of the oldest, most popular events in the state and is recognized as the largest agricultural festival in Texas as well as one of the most exciting, dynamic festivals in the Greater Southwest. The 100 acre site, which is located on Hwy. 16, 20 minutes south of San Antonio, offers free parking, clean public restrooms, handicapped accessibility, complete RV facilities, and tent covered activities during the fun filled Festival Weekend.

11. Austin Reggae Festival- Austin, Texas

Held each April, the Austin Reggae Festival (formerly the Bob Marley Festival) celebrates the loving spirit of Bob Marley and his message of peace, tolerance, and non-violent change.

12. NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway

Race fans gather for three days of racing, sunshine and parties. You can bring the whole family although older children will probably enjoy the event the most.

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