With its desert lands and wide stretching prairies, you can lose yourself in the immensity of Southwest America and anyone wishing for endless blue skies with the occasional little fluffy cloud will be in their absolute element. This is where some of the most iconic landmasses on the planet occur and from the
national parks, if you're looking for fantastical rock formations then the Southwest proffers infinite examples. Head towards the Pacific and you'll discover sightseeing of an altogether different nature with the likes of
all helping to add to the allure of the USA's coast with the most.
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Arizona Picture a two-pronged cactus silhouetted against a flaming red, yellow and orange sky and you'll be well on your way to discovering the magical nature of Arizona . This is where rock formations have morphed into lunar landscapes made famous through countless Westerns. The protected parks of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley present infinite trails and opportunities to find out more about Native American heritage. This is the destination that you've always dreamed about and from stunning backdrops to skies that go on forever, a trip to Arizona is an amazing experience and one that you'll never forget.
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Utah Boasting no fewer than 5 national parks, Utah is just one of those Southwest states that you'll want to come back to time and time again. Some of the rock formations are simply breath-taking with the sandstone monoliths of Arches National Park providing a head-spinning array of buttes, bluffs and pillars all of which make for a fascinating tour. From the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon to the pigments and colouration of Zion, Utah presents infinite examples why this region of America is regarded as head and shoulders above anything else on earth.
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California No trip to the Southwest is considered complete without checking out the Pacific coastline and if you're hoping for sleepy seaside towns dotted with cafés, galleries and artisan eateries then there's nowhere else that foots the bill quite so capably as California. There's a reason that this stretch of America is held in such high regard by those with creative leanings and from the climate and the beaches to the laid back counter-culture lifestyle, this is your chance to find out exactly what all the fuss is about.
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LA, San Francisco & Vegas There are few images that sum up `living the dream' more so than the bright lights of Southwest America and if you're hoping to play in the ultimate of playgrounds then checking out 3 of the region's finest is a good a place to start as any. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas all present numerous examples of how dreams can be made and shattered in the twinkling of an eye and if you're hoping to gamble in some of the most legendary resort hotels on the planet then hold onto your shirt and enjoy the ride.
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Colorado No trip around the west is complete without a visit to Colorado. A land peppered with thrilling national parks, stunning scenery and fascinating heritage, it has so much to offer for all kinds of travellers. Discover some of the USA's finest views at the Garden of the Gods, before boarding down some of the country's tallest sand dunes. Treat yourself to some scenic hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, or discover an ancient culture in Mesa Verde.
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There's just something about the 'catch of the day' on the Pacific Southwest coast that really takes some beating and if you think you've tried the freshest of fresh seafood before then you may be pleasantly surprised by what's on offer. Alaska King Crab, freshly-caught Halibut and melt in the mouth wild Alaskan Salmon are just some of the regional specials and if you're looking for something warm and wholesome then clam chowder in a sour-dough bowl will no doubt keep the chills at bay.
Tours that visit Southwest USA
10 days | USA West | Hotels
Hike the best National Park trails of Arizona and Utah on this impressive walking tour. Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and the Grand Canyon each offer unique landscapes, while our Monument Valley tour will be an unforgettable journey.
15 days | USA West | Hotels
Supplying comfort and amenities in remote destinations, explore the crowned jewels of America's National Parks. Enjoy active days, scenic landscapes and restful nights in beautiful historic lodges within Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and the Grand Canyon.
15 days | USA West | Camping
This adventure takes in the real 'Jewels in the Crown' of America's National Parks. With great hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, rafting and a truly unique Navajo guided jeep tour of Monument Valley, this tour shows the true American spirit.
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