Top 10 most beautiful destinations in the American Southwest

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White Sands National Monument

Have you ever seen a wide white desert?

White Sands National Monument with its great dunes of gypsum is one of the world’s great natural wonders. It is located in the Northern Chihuahua Desert in the U.S. state of New Mexico.

The monument is open for visitors to enjoy a variety of activities: guided walking tours, camping, horse riding, biking, sledding and much more. It is a hidden gem that one SHOULD not miss. Looking for more activities in this monument? Check this article out https://livewithhabiba.com/index.php/2018/11/17/white-sands-national-monument/

Havasupai Falls

Havasu Falls is a clear blue waterfall located in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United State on the Havasupai tribal lands. It is so blue that one can’t believe it is in the middle of a dry desert. The Indian reservation land is only accessible if one has a permit. It is very difficult to obtain one as this is becoming a dream destination for people from all over the world.

Havasupai Falls- Arizona (This one is not my photo) 

The Falls are in the bottom of the canyon and there are different ways to get there: A long backpacking trips, by mules or a helicopter rides.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is a reserve in southern Utah. It is known for its breath taking red hoodoos(spire-shaped rock formations). The canyon offers one of the most beautiful overlooks in Utah to enjoy the sunrise and the sunset. Visiting Bryce canyon in winter is a unique experience to enjoy the snow-covered rocks.

Bryce Canyon- Utah

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is the most visited park in Utah. It is known for its steep red cliffs and a very scenic drive that leads to forest trails along the Virgin River. It is home to some of the best hikes in the world such as Angels landing and the Narrows.

The Narrows in Zion National Park- Utah

For a list of trails an hikes you don’t want to miss while in Zion National Park, make sure to check this article https://livewithhabiba.com/index.php/2019/07/14/the-best-hikes-in-zion-national-park/

Monument valley

Monument Valley is a famous filming location for American Western movies. It is famous for its red-sand buttes. Monument valley is on the Navajo Tribal Park and is a must see destination in the Southwest.

As it is located in the boarder of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley is close to a lot of famous landmarks such as the petrified forest and Escalante National Monument.

Antelope canyon

If you haven’t seen it before, Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on the Navajo land east of a town called Page, Arizona. There are two sections of the canyons that visitors can explore: Lower Antelope Canyon or Upper Antelope Canyon. Only 15 minutes away is the famous Horse shoe bend natural landmark. So make sure you don’t miss it either.

Antelope Canyon- Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park

There is obviously a reason why Arizona is called the state of the Grand Canyon. This natural wonder of the world is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States and is ABSOLUTELY worth a visit. More than 5 million people visit this natural gem every year. The canyon is very rich in geology, history and activities that range from hiking, backpacking, rafting, taking helicopter tours or just sightseeing.

Planning a day trip to the Grand Canyon? This itinerary is for you https://livewithhabiba.com/index.php/2019/07/14/how-to-spend-one-day-at-the-grand-canyon/

Arches National Park

Norht of Moab in the state of Utah is Arches National Park. The park is known for its 2,000 natural sandstone unique arches. The park offers a lot of activities such as canyoneering, hiking and horse riding. There is something for everyone. Prepare your camera for some of the most beautiful shots in Utah.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Back to New Mexico. An exotic hidden cave called Carlsbad Caverns is a famous stop in the Southwest for those who are more into high ancient sea ledges and deep rocky canyons…real deep.

 The park offers guided tours inside the caverns and has a lot of accessibility options for visitors.

Sedona, Arizona

Only 2 hours drive from metro Phoenix, Sedona is one of the most beautiful cities in Arizona. It’s famous for its red rocks, pink jeep tours, art, spiritual healing and a lot of hiking trails.

Looking for a hike in Sedona? This guide is for you https://livewithhabiba.com/index.php/2019/03/13/the-most-beautiful-hikes-in-sedona/

This is our selection for the best destinations in the South West, which one is your favorite?

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