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What to Put on Your Southwest Bucket List

Last Update on September 07, 2023
by Sunny Samaroo
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If you're a nature lover and crave awe-inspiring landscapes, the American Southwest should be on top of your travel bucket list. 

This enchanting region is home to some of the most breathtaking natural wonders, and we've compiled a list of must-visit spots that will leave you speechless. 

The vastness of the region may seem daunting, but you can experience the best of the Southwest in as little as 3 days! Get ready to explore the wonders of the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park.

Grand Canyon

Let's start with the undeniable giant: the Grand Canyon. This immense chasm, carved by the Colorado River over millions of years, stretches for 277 miles (446 km) and plunges to depths of more than a mile.

Standing at the rim, you'll be left in complete awe as the sun's rays paint the canyon walls in hues of red, orange, and gold. But don't just look; hike down the trails to experience the canyon's magnitude up close!

Related Reading: Which Side of the Grand Canyon Is Best to Visit? 

Antelope Canyon

Get ready to venture into a world of mystical beauty at Antelope Canyon. This narrow slot canyon, located on Navajo land, boasts surreal sandstone formations and an incredibly interesting history.

As you wander through the twisting corridors, you'll be mesmerized by the beams of sunlight filtering through the openings above, creating a spellbinding play of light and shadows. To visit this natural wonder, you'll need to join a guided tour, and it's definitely worth the experience.

Monument Valley

If you've ever dreamed of stepping into a classic Western movie, Monument Valley is where those dreams come true. With its iconic mesas and buttes rising from the desert floor, this sacred land holds a deep cultural significance for the Navajo Nation. 

Take a guided tour or drive yourself along the scenic road to explore the valley's hidden treasures. Pro tip: Monument Valley is the most beautiful at sunrise and sunset!

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its "hoodoos" — tall, thin spires of rock that protrude from the canyon floor. The bright red, orange, and pink towers, combined with the clear blue skies, create a jaw-dropping scene that you won't find anywhere else. 

To make the most of your visit, take some to learn the best things to see at Bryce Canyon, including the hidden vistas at the end of the many scenic hikes that wind through the park.

Zion National Park

Last but certainly not least, Zion National Park beckons with its ethereal beauty and diverse landscapes. From the towering sandstone cliffs of the main canyon to the lush greenery of the Emerald Pools, this park offers a plethora of natural wonders to explore. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Zion National Park. Hike the renowned Angel's Landing trail for a heart-pumping adventure, or take a leisurely stroll along the Riverside Walk. During spring, the park's colorful wildflowers add an extra touch of magic to your experience.

In Conclusion

The American Southwest is a treasure trove of natural wonders, each more spectacular than the last. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a casual traveler, these five destinations should be at the top of your Southwest bucket list:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park 

With this list as your guide, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Southwest's majestic beauty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sunny Samaroo

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