Your Guide to the Southwestern States

Southwestern States

Written by Alexia Dellner

In America’s Southwest, the landscapes seem to go on forever and are almost as boundless as the local hospitality!

Sure, there are places where tumbleweeds somersault across the desert, but from bustling Phoenix, Arizona (the sixth largest city in the US) and the thriving art scene in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district and the latest foodie trends in Austin, Texas, there’s plenty of city life in these four southwestern states too.

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Vast Arizona features diverse landscapes, from lush national parks and woodsy forests, to the roaring Colorado River and the red rocks of Sedona. But the state’s most famous sight is of course the Grand Canyon – one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Words can’t quite describe how immense and magical the canyon is – guess you’ll just have to see it for yourself!

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Beautiful Arizona

Beautiful Arizona

Thanks to Alex for the beautiful Arizona images.

New Mexico

New Mexico is hot, and we’re not just talking about the weather. Locals love relaxing in the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs and chili sauce (red and green) can be found on pretty much every meal. ET fans might recall the famous UFO sightings in Roswell, while art buffs head to Santa Fe to check out the gallery scene.

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Beautiful New Mexico

Beautiful New Mexico

Thanks to Jim for the beautiful New Mexico images.


Many travellers pass through Oklahoma on the nation’s longest stretch of Route 66, but make sure you don’t just stop for the diners. Explore the Wild West with The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and the city’s moving museum and memorial dedicated to the victims of the 1995 bombing. Throughout the state there are opportunities to discover the rich American Indian heritage.

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Oaklahoma City bombing memorial

Oaklahoma state park

Thanks to Michelle for the beautiful Oklahoma images (seen above and also in our hero shot).


Texans are famously proud of their massive state, and rightly so. Music lovers head to Austin, while culture vultures visit the museums in San Antonio and Dallas, and beach bunnies can chill out along the coast. But wherever you go, expect friendly and welcoming locals in the Lone Star State – and good barbeque too!

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Beautiful Texas

Wild Texas

Thanks to Robert for the beautiful Texas images.

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