I am visiting the US southwest this summer and don't want to miss anything important I should see in that region.I am into unusual out of the way experiences and sights.
- Joe CLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
One word. Hoodos.
If you plan to go to the Southwest check out the canyon country of southern Utah. Do the "Great Circle Tour" to see Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches National Parks and the Grand Canyon. Bryce is one of the most fantastic sights in the southwestern U.S.
At Bryce Canyon everyone stays at Ruby's Inn.
You can cross the Colorado River at Lake Powell
Utah Route 12 is one of the most scenic roads in the country. Red Canyon and Big Thunder Road in Dixie National Forest is the inspiration for Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain (see the picture I took in link below)
Also check out the Hoover Dam tour, It's right outside Las Vegas.
Here is a suggested itinerary:
Get an early morning (dawn) start from Las Vegas, head north on I-15 to St. George, UT and turn off there for Zion and Bryce. You'll be at Zion by 11 AM and spend a couple of hours touring the canyons of the park. Then head to Bryce. You can make Ruby's Inn by sundown. If you time it right you can see sundown on the Hoodos (very impressive)
Spend the next day or half day in Bryce and head east. You can then take the Route 12 Scenic Byway and head back east toward Arches National Park. From there you can head to the Grand Canyon.
I really want to stress the beauty of Bryce and the Route 12 Scenic Byway. It's one of the most impressive drives I've ever been on.
BTW if you plan to go to more than one National Park, buy the annual pass. It allows a vehicle and it's occupants unlimited access to all National Parks for a year.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You will want to visit Sedona, AZ. They are into spiritual and personal enrichment. Sedona is located two hours north of Phoenix. The area has beautiful red rock formations and vortices that are believed to have uplifiting powers. You can go on a pink jeep tour and have plenty of fun (I enjoyed the Broken Arrow tour). You can also do yoga, hike at Oak Creek Canyon, get a massage, go shopping, or have a psychic reading. It's a very scenic, interesting place to visit.
Here is a link for more information:Source(s): Visited Sedona