Must-see attractions in The Southwest

  • New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

    New Mexico

    This terrific museum doesn’t just display engaging exhibits on the state’s agricultural history – it's got livestock too. Enclosures on the working farm…

  • Maynard Dixon Living History Museum

    Southwestern Utah

    In Mt Carmel, the Architectural Digest–noted Maynard Dixon Living History Museum is where renowned Western painter Maynard Dixon (1875–1946) lived and…

  • Great Basin National Park

    Northern Nevada

    Near the Nevada–Utah border, 67 miles east of Ely, this uncrowded national park encompasses the 13,063ft Wheeler Peak, rising abruptly from the desert and…

  • Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

    Tucson

    Divided into the Enchanted Realm, Exploring the World and the History Gallery, this delightful museum of miniatures presents dioramas that are fantastical…

  • Seven Magic Mountains

    Southern Nevada

    What's that rising from the desert floor along I-15 just south of Las Vegas…gigantic, neon-colored, stacked-up marshmallows? Actually, the monumental,…

  • Shoshone Point

    Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

    Walk about 1 mile along the mostly level and shaded dirt road to marvelously uncrowded Shoshone Point, a rocky promontory with some of the canyon’s best…

  • Horseshoe Bend

    Grand Canyon Region

    Calling the view at Horseshoe Bend 'dramatic' is an understatement – the overlook sits on sheer cliffs that drop 1000ft to the river below, as it carves a…

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

    Southern Arizona

    Anyone seeking solitude beneath big, blue, open skies will love the crowdless scenery of this stunning national park. Home to 28 species of cacti and a…

  • Bradbury Science Museum

    Santa Fe Region

    You can't actually visit the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the first atomic bomb was conceived, but the Bradbury Science Museum has compelling…

  • Pinball Hall of Fame

    Las Vegas

    You may have more fun at this no-frills arcade than playing slot machines back on the Strip. Tim Arnold shares his collection of 200-plus vintage pinball…

  • Navajo National Monument

    Navajo Reservation

    The Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings of Navajo National Monument make for a serene and highly recommended detour on the road from Glen Canyon to…

  • Park City Museum

    Park City

    A well-staged interactive museum touches on the highlights of the town's history as a mining boomtown, hippie hangout and premier ski resort. There are…

  • Toroweap Overlook

    Grand Canyon National Park

    While not the biggest, or highest, this is perhaps the most dramatic viewpoint in the canyon: you're literally on the edge of a 3000ft drop.

  • Red sandstone found in Sedona radiates in setting sun.

    Red Rock State Park

    Sedona

    Long before Sedona became a destination, only a handful of enterprising people had settled in this geological wonderland. The desert city sits at 4350ft…

  •  A trail at the Palatki ruins in Sedona, Arizona

    Palatki Heritage Site

    Sedona

    When you wander beyond the urban edges of Sedona, the landscape reveals clues to the area’s evolution. Discover secret swimming holes, bridges shaped from…

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 7: World famous Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada as seen at night on May 7, 2012. Stretching 4.2 miles, the Strip is home to the largest hotels and casinos in the world

    Eiffel Tower Experience

    Las Vegas

    The Eiffel Tower Experience is the signature attraction at Paris Las Vegas, a mini version of the French capital that includes the Hotel de Ville, facades…

  • City Center Complex on Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

    Cosmopolitan

    Las Vegas

    Hipsters who thought they were too cool for Vegas finally have a place to go where they don't need irony to endure – or enjoy – the aesthetics of the…

  • New York-New York hotel casino and replica of the Statue of Liberty located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    New York–New York

    Las Vegas

    Opened in 1997, the mini-megalopolis of New York–New York remains a perennial hit with spring breakers. Tables in the casino's 'Party Pit' are set against…

  • LAS VEGAS - OCT 05 : The Linq, a dining and shopping district and High Roller at the center of the Las Vegas Strip on October 05 2016 , The High Roller is the world's largest observation wheel

    High Roller

    Las Vegas

    In Vegas parlance, a gambler who bets big is called a high roller. It's also the name of the world's tallest observation wheel, which tops out at 550ft…

  • Paris Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    This mini version of the French capital might lack the charm of the City of Light, but its efforts to emulate Paris' landmarks, including a 34-story Hotel…

  • Welcome to Las Vegas Sign at Dusk

    Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

    Las Vegas

    In a city famous for neon signs, one reigns supreme: the 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada' sign, facing south and straddling Las Vegas Blvd just…

  • Las Vegas, USA - January 10, 2014: The Downtown Container Park is the center-point of the revitalization going on downtown. Located along the world famous Fremont Street, the Container Park includes shopping, dining and entertainment.
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    Container Park

    Las Vegas

    An incubator for up-and-coming fashion designers and local artisans, the edgy Container Park, fronted by a giant metal grasshopper, stacks pop-up shops on…

  • Boomtown 1905 at Springs Preserve features historical recreations of early Las Vegas buildings.

    Springs Preserve

    Las Vegas

    On the site of the natural springs (which ran dry in 1962) that fed las vegas ('the meadows'), where southern Paiutes and Spanish Trail traders camped,…

  • Las Vegas, USA - November 12, 2016: An editorial stock photo of the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed using the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
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    Nevada State Museum

    Las Vegas

    If you've got a hankering to see a stuffed Columbian mammoth or the Nevada state fossil (spoiler: it’s an ichthyosaur), you've come to the right place…

  • Trail of Time

    Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

    This outdoor interpretative display traces the history of the canyon's formation – each meter equals one million years of geologic history, for a total of…

  • National Atomic Testing Museum

    Las Vegas

    Fascinating multimedia exhibits focus on science, technology and the social history of the 'Atomic Age,' which lasted from WWII until a worldwide ban on…

  • Grimes Point Archaeological Area

    Northern Nevada

    About 10 miles east of Fallon, you can walk a ¾-mile trail past rock carvings (petroglyphs) dating as far back as 9000 years. Need more archaeological…

  • Kershaw-Ryan State Park

    Southern Nevada

    This petite park, at the northern end of Rainbow Canyon, punches above its weight in terms of scenery and activities. Easy hiking trails onto the ridge…

  • Nevada State Museum

    Nevada

    Housed inside the 1869 US Mint building, the Nevada State Museum generally hosts one visiting exhibition to complement its four excellent permanent…

  • Pyramid Lake

    Nevada

    Pyramid Lake is a stunning standalone sight, with shores lined with beaches and eye-catching tufa formations. This piercingly blue expanse in an otherwise…

  • Pyramid Lake Museum & Visitors Center

    Nevada

    This friendly visitors center on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation tells the dark, vital tale of how the area was colonized by white mountain men,…

  • Tonopah Historic Mining Park

    Southern Nevada

    This niche site encompasses areas that belonged to four of Tonopah's original mining companies, spread out over 100 acres. Walking tours come highly…

  • Morning light illuminates the underside of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.

    Canyonlands National Park

    Southeastern Utah

    Covering 527 sq miles, Canyonlands is Utah's largest and wildest park. Indeed, parts of it are as rugged as almost anywhere on the planet. Arches, bridges…

  • Three Gossips in Arches National Park.

    Arches National Park

    Southeastern Utah

    One of the Southwest's most gorgeous parks, Arches boasts the world's greatest concentration of sandstone arches. Just 5 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191,…

  • TAOS, NEW MEXICO-AUGUST 13: Building materials sit outside an earthship being built in Taos on August 13, 2014. Earthships are environmentally friendly homes made of recycled materials.
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    Earthships

    Taos

    Numbering 70 Earthships, with capacity for 60 more, Taos’ pioneering community was the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds. Built with recycled…

  • Walking the Bryce Canyon Trail.

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Southwestern Utah

    The Grand Staircase – a series of steplike uplifted rock layers stretching north from the Grand Canyon – dramatically culminates in the Pink Cliffs…

  • The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park.

    Capitol Reef National Park

    Southwestern Utah

    Termed 'the land of the sleeping rainbow' by Native Americans, this colorful desert landscape encompasses buttes and canyons replete with rock art, Mormon…

  • Valley of the Gods, Utah, United States of America, North America

    Valley of the Gods

    Southeastern Utah

    Up and over, through and around: the 17-mile unpaved road (County Rd 242) that leads through Valley of the Gods is like a do-it-yourself roller coaster…

  • Tucson City, Arizona USA - Dec 26, 2018: The famous Mission San Xavier del Bac under a dramatic sky in Tucson City, Arizona on Dec 26, 2018

    Mission San Xavier del Bac

    Tucson

    The dazzling white towers of this mission rise from the dusty desert floor 8 miles south of Tucson – a mesmerizing structure that brings an otherworldly…