The American Southwest is a place of adventure, history, and culture. Home to canyons, prairies, and peaks, its vast, changing landscapes are breathtaking. Exciting cities like Salt Lake City, Utah, nestle at the foot of mountain ranges while Texas ranches and wildlife-spotted grasslands are yours to explore.
Ski enthusiasts flock to Utah for fluffy snow slopes and relaxing resorts. Sunrise Ski Park in Arizona and Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado are also popular, offering dog sledding and ice fishing. Hiking trails are abundant throughout the region. Red- and orange-striped rock formations, surrounded by coves and canyons, create stunning vistas. As night falls across the Southwest, Utah’s five national parks are wonderful for stargazing.
Follow the winding Colorado River as it makes its way through Arizona past the Grand Canyon's photogenic Horseshoe Bend. Its rapids attract thrill-seekers, but there are also spots for swimming and fishing. Learn about Native American culture at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or take a tour of a brewery in Flagstaff, Arizona. For a glimpse at an important piece of American history, visit the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas. A key part of the Texas Revolution, this impressive fortress is also close to the city's popular River Walk.
One thing is clear, whenever you visit the American Southwest, there is plenty for you to see and do — what are you waiting for?
The Grand Canyon is a striking place year-round. January and February see smaller crowds and numerous viewpoints and hiking trails provide chances to admire the beauty and scenery. Sunset visits are popular, especially during fall, as surrounding aspen trees are changing color.
Museums, shops and nightlife are all a part of this vibrant city. Visit places like the NASA Space Center and Buffalo Bayou park during the day before heading to one of the city’s many wine bars, restaurants, or clubs.
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has awarded nine of Utah’s parks with its certification, making it the best state to stargaze. Antelope Island State Park and Goblin Valley State Park are great places to marvel at the twinkling stars.
You can hike, bike, or drive through this national park in Colorado Springs on special tours. See rock formations and infamous Pikes Peak as well as interactive exhibitions at an on-site museum.