SOUTHWEST USA TRAVEL GUIDE

Dreaming of visiting the American Southwest?

We spent several months exploring on our Southwest USA road trip so have plenty of tips and insights to share with you down below!

The American Southwest region is one of the best road trip destinations in the USA, if not the world.

It’s full of wide open spaces and natural beauty, diversity of landscapes and Southwest culture, and crazy fun adventures that will have you screaming, whooping, and talking about for years to come.

These are the stuff memories are made of and these are the reasons why we travel, especially with our kids. We want to help you get the most out of your USA road trip through the Southwest states.

Scroll below to find content on some of our favorite things to do in Southwest USA including favorite hikes, hidden secrets, national parks and awesome tours and adventures.

SOUTHWEST USA ROAD TRIP IDEAS

20 Incredible Places to Visit in Utah For Your Utah Road Trip

Planning to visit Utah? Get excited, because there are so many incredible places to visit in Utah that we often refer to the state as […]

14 Epic Adventures in the American Southwest Not To Miss On Your USA Travels!

Dreaming of visiting the American Southwest? We spent several months exploring on our Southwest USA road trip so have plenty of tips and insights to […]

Tips for visiting Horseshoe Bend

Best things to Do in Arizona Bucket List

The count down is on until we start our 2 year USA road trip and we want you to help shape our journey. Today we want you to help us create our things to do in Arizona bucket list.

SOUTHWEST USA NATIONAL PARKS

Driving through the Valley of the Gods Utah

Going Off-The-Beaten-Path in Utah: Valley of the Gods and Natural Bridges Monument

The Valley of the Gods. How can you not be intrigued to visit a name that sounds like it belongs in the fertile lands of […]

12 Don’t-Miss Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park Utah

What a fun three days we had exploring Capitol Reef NP, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Utah. Down below are our […]

12 Incredible Things to do in Canyonlands National Park Utah (for 1st time visitors)

Planning a trip to Canyonlands National Park? We enjoyed two days exploring this national park in Utah and down below are our top tips on […]

Don’t Miss These 11 Amazing Things to do in Arches National Park Utah

Looking for tips on the best things to do in Arches National Park Utah? We spent almost two days exploring this park, and down below […]

Ultimate Family Guide: What To Do in Zion National Park

Planning to visit Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah soon? We have some great tips below! We visited Zion NP with our daughters and below […]

Hoover Dam, Nevada

6 Awesome Things to do at Lake Mead, Nevada (getaway from Vegas)

Do you find the flashing neon lights of Las Vegas a little overwhelming and are seeking a natural respite? One of the most awesome day […]

Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona

8 Amazing Things to Do in Saguaro National Park Tucson, Arizona

The Saguaro cactus are captivating. Their presence commands your attention and musings. It’s almost as if they are watching you, standing guard protecting you and […]

Big Bend National Park

Epic Guide of Things to Do in Big Bend National Park, Texas

You wouldn’t believe it! This spectacular National Park in Texas has been on my bucket list ever since I first saw a picture of the […]

Grand Canyon South Rim

8 Helpful Tips for Planning a Trip to the Grand Canyon With Kids

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon with kids, you are in the right place! We enjoyed an unforgettable three day Grand […]

I friggin love your blog. So I go on there to send it to my friend to look at for our trip to Sedona and then I see Elote Cafe so I'm like... droool and then say to her we have to go here, and then here and before we know it our whole trip is planned!

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INCREDIBLE TOURS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

Lower Antelope Canyon

The Unique and Extraordinary Lower Antelope Canyon Tour, Arizona (+ What to Expect)

I can’t believe we even debated about visiting Antelope Canyon in Arizona. We had many people tell us it was unmissable, but then we had […]

15 Amazing Things To Do In Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – Don’t Miss This Place!

Dreaming of visiting Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park? One of our bucket list destinations on our USA road trip in the American Southwest was taking […]

ATV Adventures Utah

Thrilling ATV Adventure in Sand Hollow State Park, St. George Utah

“Show them what you’re made of Mum” We were in St. George Utah and Kalyra screamed at me from the back of our ATV as […]

Horse riding at Lajitas, Texas

My Fun Horse Ride in Lajitas, Texas

Today, we’d like to hand over the blog reins to Savannah, our seven year old unicorn and horse lover. She would like to tell you […]

Sedona Pink Jeep Tours

Don’t Miss The Spectacular and Thrilling Sedona Pink Jeep Tours

Savannah sat a little slouched on the seat, one elbow resting on the side of the pink jeep. “Well, if we’ve done it once, we […]

Riding The Stunning Verde Canyon Railroad - a Top USA Attraction

Riding The Stunning Verde Canyon Railroad – a Top USA Attraction

I found it strange that no one from our community had recommended the Verde Canyon Railroad as one of the top things to do in […]

Things to do in San Antonio The Alamo

Why Remember the Alamo, San Antonio Texas (& its Yellow Rose)

On our USA road trip from Dallas to Boston, we visited San Antonio to fulfil my Dad’s dream of seeing the Alamo. Remember the Alamo and the Yellow Rose of Texas, which the Emily Morgan Hotel, an official Alamo hotel is named after.

SOUTHWEST USA INCREDIBLE HIKES

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Lower Calf Creek Falls: An Extraordinary Hike Not to Miss in Utah

A Utah road trip through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, takes you to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. It’s a Utah hike that WOWS!

SLOT CANYONS, GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE, UTAH

Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah

Looking for an off the beaten path adventure in Utah? You do not want to miss Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!

Red Cliffs, Utah

Hike the Exciting Red Reef Trail St George (there’s a waterfall climb)

Looking for adventurous things to do in St George Utah? Be sure to put this Red Reef Trail on your list. ‘“This is the most […]

Boynton Canyon Sedona

Guide to the Powerful Sedona Vortex Sites (+ my experiences)

If you’re new to this concept of vortexes and feeling energy, you may struggle to have an experience at the Sedona Vortexes – well at […]

Hiking the Narrows with kids

18 Helpful Tips for the Zion Narrows Hike with kids

The Zion Narrows hike is one of the most iconic hiking trails in the world because of its spectacular scenery, easy access, and the oddity […]

SOUTHWEST USA LESSOR KNOWN

Tips for visiting Horseshoe Bend

Tips For Visiting Horseshoe Bend, Arizona’s Famous Bend in the Colorado River

If you’ve seen pictures of Arizona, or even advertising USA travel in general, I’m almost certain you have seen the famous Horseshoe Bend. Know what […]

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Magical & Unique – Goblin Valley State Park, Utah Is Remote But Worth It

If you’re looking for a unique and rugged land filled with goblins, gnomes and mushroom shaped desert creatures, then don’t miss Goblin Valley State Park, […]

Snow Canyon State Park

5 Spectacular Snow Canyon Hikes – Don’t Miss Snow Canyon State Park

Looking for tips on things to do in Snow Canyon State Park? We were blown away by the spectacular Snow Canyon hikes we did in […]

Exploring the Valley of Fire State Park – so close to Las Vegas!

Interested in visiting the Valley of Fire State Park from Las Vegas? We had an amazing day out exploring what we consider the best of […]

Sabino Canyon Tucson

A Day in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Tucson

Welcome to a magical world of creek crossings, cactus forests, desert foothills and rocky gorges of the Santa Catalina Mountains. To your children, it will […]

Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas

How to Spend One Day in Stunning Big Bend Ranch State Park

Visiting Big Bend Ranch State Park was a back up plan for us, because the Big Bend National Park next door was under a Government […]

Enchanted Rock State Park, Texas

Tips for Climbing Enchanted Rock Texas – A Spiritual Place!

As soon as we rounded the corner at the top of the hill, the large pink granite dome rock pulled us into its vision. Just […]

Bell Rock Path - one of the best things to do in Sedona with kids

18 Amazing Things to do in Sedona with Kids

Our trip to Sedona in September was part of our four-week USA road trip with visiting family from Australia. Arizona featured heavily in that itinerary, […]

SMALL TOWNS AND CITY LIFE

14 Fun Things To Do In Las Vegas with Kids (adult’s enjoy these too)

Should you visit Las Vegas with kids? Once again on our US travels, we were faced with many people telling us Vegas just wasn’t a […]

BEst day trips from Raleigh

4 Incredible Day Trips from Vegas (less than 2 hours drive from the strip)

Wow! Vegas offers outstanding natural beauty away from the Strip. Trade those chips for adventure!

Corona Arch - One of the best things to do in Moab

16 Adventurous Things to do in Moab, Utah

If you are researching tips on what to do in Moab, keep reading because after our 2 week visit we have some great insights to […]

Sabino Canyon, Tucson

36 Hour Itinerary – What to Do in Tucson, Arizona (+ where to eat, drink, and stay!

Is a getaway to America’s Southwest calling you? Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city, and if you don’t know what to do in Tucson, let me […]

Luckenbach, Texas

Enchanting Things to do in Texas Hill Country in Three Days

I want to come back to Hill Country, Texas. We barely scratched the surface during our 9 day visit. The Texas Hill Country is a  […]

san-antonio river walk with kids

The Gorgeous San Antonio River Walk, TX (Don’t miss the Iron Cactus)

The San Antonio River Walk in Texas is one of the best things to do in San Antonio with kids. You can walk or bike the 15 mile path or take a boat cruise arond the downtown reach section. Whatever you choose, you will love the serenity of the River Walk in San Antonio. Don’t miss the Alamo as well

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One Elegant Day at Magnolia Table and Magnolia Silos Waco Tx

VWe had a fantastic day following the Fixer Upper Trail in Waco Texas. We had breakfast at Magnolia Table, visited the Silos, shopped at Magnolia Markets and had yummy cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery + a few more things to do in Waco Tx. Do you love Chip and Jo?

What to Do in Santa Fe, New Mexico City Guide

Need travel tips on what to do in Santa Fe, then who better to ask than a local who has lived there since 2004, like Billie Frank…

FEATURED VIDEO: Grand Canyon in the Winter

It's not the most popular time to visit the Grand Canyon, but we love to do things differently!

Grand Canyon in the winter offers a very different and beautiful perspective, PLUS you have far less crowds.

WHAT SOUTHWEST USA STATE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

There is much debate over what states are in the American Southwest. For geographic and road trip ease and convenience of how we organize content on this site we're including the states of Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

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Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

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ALL SOUTHWEST USA ARTICLES

Corona Arch - One of the best things to do in Moab

16 Adventurous Things to do in Moab, Utah

By Caroline Makepeace | February 16, 2020

If you are researching tips on what to do in Moab, keep reading because after our 2 week visit we have some great insights to share. With so many cool and fun things to do […]

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Magical & Unique – Goblin Valley State Park, Utah Is Remote But Worth It

By Caroline Makepeace | February 13, 2020

If you’re looking for a unique and rugged land filled with goblins, gnomes and mushroom shaped desert creatures, then don’t miss Goblin Valley State Park, one of the coolest places to visit in Utah! Goblin […]

Sabino Canyon, Tucson

36 Hour Itinerary – What to Do in Tucson, Arizona (+ where to eat, drink, and stay!

By Craig Makepeace | January 31, 2020

Is a getaway to America’s Southwest calling you? Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city, and if you don’t know what to do in Tucson, let me start by saying it offers fantastic year round weather to […]

Red Cliffs, Utah

Hike the Exciting Red Reef Trail St George (there’s a waterfall climb)

By Caroline Makepeace | October 14, 2019

Looking for adventurous things to do in St George Utah? Be sure to put this Red Reef Trail on your list. ‘“This is the most fun day we’ve had so far!” Savannah jumped up and […]

20 Incredible Places to Visit in Utah For Your Utah Road Trip

By Craig Makepeace | August 14, 2019

Planning to visit Utah? Get excited, because there are so many incredible places to visit in Utah that we often refer to the state as BeaUTAHful. From the arches and red rocks, to the desert […]

12 Don’t-Miss Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park Utah

By Caroline Makepeace | July 29, 2019

What a fun three days we had exploring Capitol Reef NP, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Utah. Down below are our tips on things to do in Capitol Reef National Park […]

14 Epic Adventures in the American Southwest Not To Miss On Your USA Travels!

By Caroline Makepeace | July 11, 2019

Dreaming of visiting the American Southwest? We spent several months exploring on our Southwest USA road trip so have plenty of tips and insights to share with you down below! The American Southwest region is […]

Snow Canyon State Park

5 Spectacular Snow Canyon Hikes – Don’t Miss Snow Canyon State Park

By Caroline Makepeace | July 8, 2019

Looking for tips on things to do in Snow Canyon State Park? We were blown away by the spectacular Snow Canyon hikes we did in what has to be the best parks in St George […]

12 Incredible Things to do in Canyonlands National Park Utah (for 1st time visitors)

By Caroline Makepeace | July 6, 2019

Planning a trip to Canyonlands National Park? We enjoyed two days exploring this national park in Utah and down below are our top tips on the best things to do in Canyonlands National Park including […]

Don’t Miss These 11 Amazing Things to do in Arches National Park Utah

By Caroline Makepeace | July 3, 2019

Looking for tips on the best things to do in Arches National Park Utah? We spent almost two days exploring this park, and down below are our tips on what to do in Arches National […]

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