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American southwest CroppedThe American Southwest is the ultimate getaway for anyone looking for an adventure of a lifetime. This vast region spans a playground of thrilling landscapes – with deserts, towering sand monoliths, winding rivers, and red rock canyons at every turn. Here travellers can gaze upon natural wonders that date back millions of years, soak up the captivating beauty of the many national parks, explore some of the most famous cities in the world and get stuck into a range of exciting outdoor activities.

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The great outdoors

Las Vegas excursions and tours to the Grand Canyon and the majestic Monument Valley are just some of the exciting adventures that lie in store in the American Southwest. Stretching across six distinctive states – New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and Colorado – there is so much to explore and discover. For history buffs, a fascinating story lies behind every striking landscape or feature, while the influence of tribal traditions and multiculturalism prevails throughout the region.

For 9 months of the year the American Southwest is drenched in warm sunshine – with temperatures in the summer topping 38°C. This means there is a wide window of opportunity for you to travel. A fly drive or self drive holiday is by far the best way to see and do absolutely everything that is on offer in this vast region.

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Tenaya Lake -Yosemite National Park

The American Southwest features many fascinating corners of limitless beauty, unforgettable experiences and colourful multicultural heritage and history. It is the place to go for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation. For those who love the great outdoors, no other region can offer so much excitement and fulfilment. With plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking, white water rafting, camping, star gazing, rock climbing and endless scenic drives – there’s something for everyone.

Some of the world’s most wondrous natural spectacles can be found in the American Southwest. National parks such as Zion National Park and Joshua Tree National Park are kingdoms of amazing scenery and diverse wildlife – such as marmots, mule deer, wolves and black bears – while iconic landmarks such as Monument Valley offer unforgettable views.

Monument Valley
Monument Valley – copyright Bob Burns

Other natural marvels include the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, the glistening white sands of New Mexico and the red sandstone arches of the Arches National Park. One of the Southwest’s hidden gems is the Carlsbad Caverns, where deep beneath the surface hides an illuminated underworld of caves.

An American Southwest holiday wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Grand Canyon. This 2 billion year-old wonder spans an incredible 200 miles across northern Arizona and is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Here you can hike to the deepest depths, glimpse the spectacular view from helicopter and try out Grand Canyon water rafting. Afly drive Grand Canyon tour is a great way to venture out to this fantastic location, and you can stop off at the must-see Hoover Dam and Route 66’s quirky town of Seligman on the way.

For many, it’s the compelling mix of scenery and vibrant cities that make the American Southwest a touring hotspot. This region is home to some of the most iconic and largest cities in America, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and the neon desert hub of Las Vegas. These bustling metropolises feature bucket-list landmarks, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, as well as the famous Las Vegas Strip. Driving tours to Las Vegas are a favourite among travellers. The ‘City of Lights’ is renowned for its electric atmosphere and world class shows, nightlife and entertainment.

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Las Vegas
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San Francisco

If it’s history and multiculturalism you’re after, there’s plenty of surprise in store. Hidden among the mountains are ancient cliff side dwellings, petroglyphs and rock carvings, while the Old West lives on in old mining towns, such as Tombstone. The American Southwest is also home to descendants of Native American tribes who live on in pueblos and reservations. Travellers looking to get a real feel for the Native American culture can find one of the largest collections of pueblo dwellings in Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. The Ancient Sky City of Acoma Pueblo is another gem. This village spans 70 acres and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in America.

Places To Visit In The American Southwest

Arizona top destinations and attractions:

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Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Powell
Saguaro National Park
Meteor Crater National Landmark
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Find out more by reading our Top Things To See In Arizona page.

Utah top destinations and attractions:

Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Monument Valley
Lake Powell
Salt Lake City
Dinosaur National Monument

Nevada top destinations and attractions:

Route 66 group
Route 66

Las Vegas
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lehman Caves
Hoover Dam
Carson City

New Mexico top destinations and attractions:

Santa Fe
Taos Pueblo
White Sands National Monument
Silver City
Carlsbad Caverns
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Check out our American Southwest sightseeing and excursions page for more information

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