America's Great Southwest
From the music infused streets of Memphis to the Native American artifacts and cowboy pop culture found in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame the story of the American Southwest develops site by site. Sleepy Old Town Albuquerque contrasts with the bright lights of Las Vegas and roaring waters of the Hoover Dam but you can experience all of it!
Move out of the cities into the breathtaking natural landscapes of California's Petrified Forest, New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns and the Painted Desert and Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona. And of course no trip to the Southwest would be complete without a visit to the iconic Grand Canyon!
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum
Old Town Albuquerque
Still attracting more than a million visitors a year and now 70 years after its creation, Hoover Dam, named after America’s 31st President, Herbert Hoover, is a National Historic Landmark. The highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing more than 725 feet above the Colorado River there are several ways to experience the Dam including both guided walking and driving tours.
So much to see and do! From exciting shows with celebrated stars, to gourmet meals by some of the country’s famous chefs to shopping and slot machines. Las Vegas has it all!
Home to over 13,000 years of history the Petrified Forest takes you on guided tours of the park all the while exploring nature, history and science. There is also the historical Desert Inn, which is a National Historic Landmark, the educational Rainbow Forest Museum and the great Museum Association bookstore located at the Painted Desert Visitor’s Center.
The Carlsbad Caverns National Park was established to preserve the world famous Carlsbad Cavern along with 83 additional separate caves including America’s deepest limestone cave. Carlsbad Cavern has some of the world’s largest underground chambers and is accessible through a variety of guided tours. There are so many different caverns that no matter your physical limitations there will be plenty for you to explore.
More than 93,500 acres of rocky badlands feature rocks in every shade of the rainbow from reds, grays, lavenders and pinks. In addition to exploring the desert area with experienced tour guides, make sure to stop by the Painted Desert Visitor Center for park information, hands-on exhibits along with a wonderful souvenir gift shop.
Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon
Known as the home of the Red Rocks of Sedona. These red sandstone formations appear to glow brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. Sedona also has the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which rises 250 feet out of one of these red rock formations. Then located between Flagstaff and Sedona, Oak Creek canyon is often called the smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon. This federally designated wilderness area has picnic areas, plenty of places for fishing, campsites, hiking trails and a natural water slide.
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a breathtaking experience! There are many different ways to enjoy the canyon including air tours, white water rafting tours, even by mule!
Sonora Desert Museum
This world renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden recreate the natural landscape of the surrounding desert region. You’ll get up close and personal with prairies dogs, Gila monsters and mountain lions just to name a few. Stroll the two miles of beautiful desert paths enjoying the over 1,200 kinds of natural flora and fauna.