A patchwork of extreme desert landscapes and iconic National Parks such as Zion and Bryce Canyon, America’s southwest is the perfect backdrop to many a road-trip. Gaze across Utah’s giant rock arches and vertiginous canyons, the cactus lands of Arizona and Navajo cliff dwellings, New Mexico’s stark white sand dunes and caves, all peppered with old west towns and the endless sagebrush of Nevada.
Everything is just a little bit hotter in America’s Southwest; summer temperatures in the desert regularly top 100 degrees and the local cuisine is spiced with plenty of fiery chillies. Mornings and late afternoons are the ideal time to appreciate the staggering beauty of the landscapes. From the chiselled peaks and river bends of Texas to the Grand Canyon and endless sagebrush of Nevada, the Southwest is never less than thrilling. You can experience all of this by saddle or paddle, bike or hike, on skis or on the breeze. When the sun dips below the horizon, head for the bright lights of Vegas for blackjack or a show, or relax around the glowing embers of a desert campfire.