A big part of an American road trip is to get your music blasting as you head out on the highway and soak up the sights and the scenery. Southwest USA, where we did our road trippin’, has no shortage of highways and byways which eat up miles of eye-popping views. Here are my top five scenic drives in America’s Southwest guaranteed to get your wheels rolling.
Sedona, Arizona is billed as one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town is surrounded by a stunning landscape perfect for hiking and trail walking. Think red rock vistas, rust coloured pinnacles and sandstone columns set against cobalt blue skies. We couldn’t wait to set off on some Sedona hikes and trails.
But there’s more to Sedona than its red-hued views and hiking trails. The area is also known for what you can’t see – its spirituality, vortexes, and energy fields.
Seligman, Arizona on Route 66 was the quirkiest stop on our US Road Trip and a total eye-popper. The longest surviving section of America’s iconic road starts in Seligman and runs 160 miles to Topock, Arizona. It would be wrong to take a US Road Trip without eating up a few miles of tarmac on the Mother Road and Seligman was the perfect stop for Route 66 kicks.
The Grand Canyon has to be Arizona’s most famous landmark and, without doubt, the largest. In fact it’s vast, stretching for 277 miles, up to 18 miles wide in places and striking depths of over a mile deep where the Colorado river cuts through the canyon’s floor.
This natural wonder is incredibly beautiful, awe-inspiring and an absolute must-see if you’re on a road trip through America’s southwest. It was always going to be a stop off on our route.
The Hoover Dam sits wedged into Black Canyon, holding back the force of the mighty Colorado River on the Nevada-Arizona border. It’s an incredible feat of engineering built in just five years during the Great Depression. Originally called the Boulder Dam it was constructed to prevent flooding in the area, to help with irrigation in the desert and to generate hydro-electricity. If you’re in Las Vegas, which is less than 35 miles away, visiting Hoover Dam is a must-do day trip.
Las Vegas, a big city stop on our US road trip, is the gambling mecca of the world. Balls bounce around the roulette wheels, poker faces remain unflinching and chips change hands 24 hours a day, every day. But what has Vegas got to offer if you’re just not into gambling? Actually, there’s a whole heap of fabulous things to keep you entertained in sin city. In no particular order, here are my top ten things to see and do in and around Las Vegas besides gambling.