The American Southwest offers dramatic landscapes and stunning panoramas. This region has large concentration of national parks and monuments, making it one of the more popular tourist areas in North America. With the vast options to choose from, it’s hard to make a decision on what to get out there and see. Come with Pristine Agency as we take a closer look at 3 of the destinations you just can’t miss on your next trip to the desert southwest.
If you are hoping to cross off a bunch of states in one fell swoop there is no better way than to visit the Four Corners. This is where the four states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet at one point. This junction is commemorated by a bronze plate that is set into the ground. As a visitor to this site you can literally be in all four states at the same time.
The world famous Grand Canyon draws more than 5 million tourists annually. It is by far America’s most famous natural attraction and for good reason. Photographs cannot capture the scale and magnitude of this natural wonder; it must be seen in person to actually grasp its vastness. The canyon is 446 miles long, nearly 18 miles wide in some places, and reaches a depth of almost a mile. There are many options to choose from in viewing its colored rock, cliffs, and side canyons. There are multi-day river trips, half day airplane and helicopter tours, and the good old trails and lookout points.
When one calls to mind the definitive image of the American Southwest, you couldn’t get closer to the reality of it than Monument Valley. It is located in northern Arizona and southern Utah within the Navajo Nation Tribal Lands. The area is known for its vast flat landscape that is interspersed with startling red mesas that soar to pinnacles up to 1,000 feet. Monument Valley is the ideal image of the Southwest and has been the setting for numerous films and television shows.
Hopefully these choices will give you a lay of the land when it comes to all of what America’s Southwest has to offer. These attractions are just a few options of the rugged landscapes and historic sites that the region is comprised of and most each presents its own beauty, charm and appeal. The Southwest is unarguably a great destination with landscapes recognized around the world. Make time to explore a taste of what the region has to offer on your next vacation.