The Grand Canyon state contains all the varied puzzle pieces of the contemporary Southwest, taking in the spires of Monument Valley and the upscale nightlife of Scottsdale. A big tent state of libertarian cowboys and shopaholic suburbanites, cacti canyons and desert golf courses, Arizona still embraces an Old West flavor.
Staking out opposite ends of the state, it claims the cool college towns of Tucson and Flagstaff. Victorian mining towns like Bisbee and Jerome exude rough-cut character, and New Agers in Sedona revel in its unseen energy. Travelers pass back and forth through the busy border hub of Nogales, and Wild West tourists flock to the shoot ’em up town of Tombstone. But in the end, the Grand Canyon is always Arizona’s showy jewel.
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Southwest USA travel guide
The Southwest is America's playground, luring adventurers and artists with the promise of red rock landscapes.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Image by franckreporter / Getty Images. The current Grand Canyon is just six million years old. As canyons age they get broader and deeper; the Grand Canyon is getting deeper each year by the thickness of a sheet of paper. Open a copy of Lonely Planet's Beautiful World for more glimpses into the world's most magnificent places.
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Discover the freedom of the open road with Southwest USA’s Best Trips. We’ve selected 32 amazing road trips through the Southwest, from two-day escapes to week-long adventures, and packed them full of expert advice and inspirational...
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Hollywood has long had a love affair with America’s Wild West of yesteryear. Southwestern towns in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada have featured in hundreds of movies set against the region’s stunning scenery - and still feel like silver screen sets today. Take a tour of the Wild West, on the road or on screen....
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Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk
Hit the highway out of Las Vegas and spend the day touring the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. On this day trip you'll have four hours at the Grand Canyon, with the option of walking on the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk for panoramic 360-degree views.
Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour
Take the ultimate Grand Canyon tour! You'll fly from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by helicopter, cruise the Colorado River, then spend time at the West Rim. You also have the option of choosing the Grand Canyon Skywalk for 360-degree panoramic views.
Southwest USA by train
Gaze out your window at the plaintive desert of New Mexico and Arizona, stroll downtown Santa Fe and Flagstaff, bed down in historic hotels, and choo-choo up to the canyon on a vintage train. In an age of rising fuel costs and city sprawl, riding the rails can be easy and economical...
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