A road trip through the American Southwest is a big draw for many adventurous travelers looking to explore the United States beyond the big cities and shiny shopping malls. This part of the country is so vastly different from the East Coast, it’s common to find travelers in absolute awe of their surroundings. Camping and hiking through the majestic landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, visiting the spectacular Grand Canyon, or rafting through the beautiful lakes and river systems in Northern Idaho are just some of the reasons adventure seekers flock to this region.
Boise, the capital and the largest city in the state of Idaho sits at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains along the plain of the Boise River. It’s impossible not to get active while visiting Boise. There are endless opportunities for hiking and biking with some great trails on the city’s footsteps. The rivers are great for kayaking, rafting and stand up paddle boarding. You can base yourself in one of the hotels in Boise and get close to nature all around the region.
Flagstaff, Arizona, a small town of just over 52,000 people, is located less than 80 miles South of the Grand Canyon National Park. While some accommodation is available right at the Canyon, visitors that opt to base themselves a bit further away from the park will find that Flagstaff offers lots of additional accommodation options. But it’s not just the Grand Canyon that brings adventure seekers to Flagstaff. In the winter, alpine skiing and other winter activities make this town a favorite destination for snow sports enthusiasts.
Breckenridge is another famous winter destination for ski bums. This small town is a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, but it offers many vacation homes and other accommodation options for visitors all year round.
Summer in Breckenridge attracts its fair share of adventure enthusiasts. Travelers come here to explore the hiking and biking trails of the Rocky Mountains, along with fishing, rafting and boating available on the nearby Lake Dillon and the Blue River.
Look past Phoenix’s arid desert climate, its dull malls, stuffy museums, and uninspiring golf courses and get to know a more picturesque side of the city. If cultural activities, theatres and art museums do not excite you one bit, grab a hiking buddy and head to the Camelback Mountain. Rising 2,704-feet high, Camelback’s summit offers breathtaking views of Phoenix and Scottsdale and is reachable via a steep 1.2-mile trail that is sure to get your heart pumping. For an even more inspiring stay, choose a room at one of the resorts that feature breathtaking views of nearby Phoenix North Mountain Preserves.
Venture past the over-the-top nightclubs and world-famous casinos of the Las Vegas strip, and you might be surprised to find yourself amidst the treasures of Nevada’s vast arid wilderness. Stay in a small town of Henderson, NV and travel to the cool oasis of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, home to the two large lakes, Lakes Mead and Lake Mohave, the reservoirs created by the Hoover and Davis Dams. The area offers year-round activities, from hiking to fishing, boating and much more