Top 5 Destinations in the Southwest & What to Consider When Planning

The American Southwest is a land of dreams and romance. The call of the west has pulled people from far and wide for at least as long as history records.

It’s a place of contradictions and surprises: endless open plains and rolling hills, towering craggy mountains and deep empty canyons, lush vegetation, and deep desolation. The southwest is an unbeatable vacation spot.

Grand Canyon National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Canyon National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Here’s a quick glimpse at just a few of the many things the American Southwest has to offer you, the RV traveler.

But First, Things to Consider

The American Southwest is a lot different from the rest of the U. S., and to the unprepared, things can even take a turn for the dangerous. Before you pack the RV and head out for the open road, take some time to consider the following potential deal-breakers:

Heat: The southwest can get hot. Very hot. Take the time of year into account when planning your RV travels.

Wildlife: Hot places have unique creatures, such as reptiles and interesting bugs. Not everyone likes snakes and other reptiles or interesting bugs like scorpions.

Prescott, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Prescott, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Safety: Safety is always a concern when traveling. Taking the time for preventative maintenance on your recreational vehicle will pay big dividends down the road.

American Southwest Top 5 Destinations

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a classic vacation spot. One look across that titanic dry gulf will send shivers down your spine and remind you why so many people make this trek at least once in their life time. There’s really nothing like it. When else will you be able to see the direct physical remains of giant rivers from a time before human beings walked the earth? When planning your trip to the southwest, you can not miss the Grand Canyon.

Prescott

After hitting a greatest hit like the Grand Canyon, why not check out a deep cut like Prescott? Prescott is one of those little out-the-way places—like Taos (New Mexico) or Marfa (Texas)—that are one third resort town, one third hipster getaway, and one third small town Americana. Cozy yet adventurous, Prescott offers coffee, arts, and crafts, and nature you might not expect in Arizona. The desert atmosphere remains, but things are green and growing nearly everywhere you look. They even receive some snow in the winter!

Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona/Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona/Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Monument Valley

Travelling to the American southwest with a western movie buff? For the Hollywood enthusiast, it’s tough to beat a vacation spot like Monument Valley. Countless western movie classics, from John Ford’s Stagecoach to Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in West, have used the valley’s majestic scenery as key elements for providing the atmosphere of awe, hope, and uncertainty so essential to the western myth.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Architecture heads, historians, and art lovers will marvel at this centuries old Catholic mission, one of the shining examples of 18th century Spanish architecture. It’s truly a relic of an older time, a time when the old and new worlds remained alien to one another, when much of the territory was still not colonized. Thousands of people visit every year. The mission is active as a church, but everyone is welcome to visit. And it’s free!

Sedona

Sedona, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sedona, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Beautiful. Mysterious. Romantic. Seductive. These words describe Sedona. Sedona is a four season, red rock playground where families can escape, romantic adventures materialize, and photographers’ dreams come true. Surrounded by stunning red rock formations and an abundance of activities for people of all ages and interests, it’s no wonder Sedona has been ranked as one of the most beautiful places on Earth by Good Morning America.

Worth Pondering…

Newcomers to the American Southwest are often struck by Desert Fever.

Desert Fever is caused by the spectacular natural beauty and serenity of the area.

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