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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.

1. The Grand Canyon - Arizona

Grand Canyon at Dawn
The Grand Canyon, an important southwest vacation destination, offers a variety of memorable experiences, from canyon hiking to mule rides, walks along the rim, or a wild west train ride from Williams to the park. Visitors can camp, stay in one of the historic lodges, or fly or drive in from surrounding cities. The closest major airport is Phoenix, Arizona, approximately 3 hours away.

2. Amazing Monument Valley, Northern Arizona

Navajo Rider - Monument Valley
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Monument Valley, one of the most spectacular sights in the southwestern United States, is located in northeast Arizona although the entrance is actually in Utah. It is a Navajo Tribal Park. Touring Monument Valley is easily the top highlight of any visit to the Southwest.

3. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Historic Santa Fe, is a hub of culture and arts as well as natural beauty and historic sites. Relax and enjoy your vacation in scenic Santa Fe. The closest large airport is Albuquerque, one hour away.

4. Ancient Sky City of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

Acoma Mission
Copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose
I don't know which is more spectacular, the old pueblo atop the mesa, the new Cultural Center and Museum or the drive through spectacular rock formations and scenery to Acoma Pueblo. The 70-acre village is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States. Take the tour atop the mesa and you will realize what a treasure this is. Knowledgeable guides explain the history, show you the beautiful mission and lead you through the village past small tables laden with the pottery of very talented Acoma residents. While touring, I imagined what it would be like to live atop a windy mesa in a thunderstorm with no electricity or running water. A resident said, "I love the wind... it blows away the impurities."

5. Top Things to Do and See in Las Vegas, Nevada

Here's the top things to do and see in Las Vegas. Some of them are laid back and some over the edge. Las Vegas has something for everyone. Las Vegas is home to an international airport, close to everything.

6. Bryce and Zion National Parks, Utah

These beautiful parks are located in southwest Utah and are within an hour from each other. With our resources you'll find everything you need to plan your Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park vacation, including directions, maps, photos, lodging, camping, things to do, weather, and more. The closest major airport is Las Vegas, Nevada, a little over two hours away.

7. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio captures the spirit of Texas. Now the eighth largest city in the United States, the city has retained its sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress. The city has always been a crossroads and a meeting place. Sounds and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep South mingle and merge. San Antonio has an international airport.

8. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

Lake Tahoe, with it's sparkling blue waters, pine trees and bike trails, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. But in South Lake Tahoe, you can enjoy the casinos, restaurants and shows. There is something for everyone at Lake Tahoe.

9. Travel America's Route 66

Enjoy America's historic Route 66. Join us as we travel, offer tips and get our "kicks" along historic Route 66 through the Southwest. You can travel the backroads, see some of the original buildings that tourists of yesteryear enjoyed and visit some great museums... all on Route 66.

10. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest surround the villages of Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado with spectacular mountain scenery, abundant wildlife habitat, miles of hiking trails and scenic drives including Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. The closest large airport is Denver.

11. Sedona, Arizona, Land of the Red Rocks

Sedona Arizona
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Sedona, Arizona is a magical place. There is so much to see and do in Sedona. Some come to experience the spiritual side of Sedona and visit the Vortex sites. And others come to relax at a resort and shop at the galleries and boutiques. Or maybe finding some great hiking sites is what you want to do. No matter what, you will not be disappointed by Sedona.

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