The Southwest is an incredible area of the country, and not just because the region falls into a distinguished category of year-round destinations. It is also the unique blend of history, wildlife and climate that makes the Southwest a treasure chest of adventures, both discovered and undiscovered.
The Southwest blends nature and history in a beautiful way. Coyotes, canyons and brilliant sun-kissed rock formations mark the region’s desert terrain. It’s also home to hundreds of national parks and monuments, including the Grand Canyon National Park, Navajo National Monument, the Four Corners Monument and hundreds of others.
While there are a number of places you will want to see on your trip, be sure to stop and check out these Historic Sites in the Southwest
The Grand Canyon – Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park is the United States’ 15th oldest national park and has also been named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. For centuries, men have marveled at its majestic rocks and captivating canyons.
Four Corners Monument – Teec Nos Pos, AZ
Have you ever wanted to stand in two places at once? How about four? Managed by Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, the Four Corners Monument is the only pace where four states intersect.
The Alamo – San Antonio, TX
“Remember the Alamo!” A trip to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Battle of the Alamo. One of the most famous battles in American history, the Alamo, also known as “the shrine of Texas liberty,” hosts a variety of exhibits year round that guests can attend for free.
Palace of the Governors – Santa Fe, NM
Known as the oldest, continually occupied building in the United States, the Palace of the Governors originally served as the seat of government for the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico, which once comprised the present-day states of Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, and New Mexico.
Trail of the Ancients – Colorado and Utah
The Trail of the Ancients is a National Scenic Byway that marks the final resting grounds of Puebloans who walked the same trail thousands of years earlier. Nature lovers won’t want to miss the majestic views covering this geologic wonder.
Anicent Sky City – Acoma Pueblo, NM
It’s hard to imagine living in the United States with no running water, electricity or sewage disposal, but at least thirty people are still doing just that in this “Ancient Sky City.” Although mostly unoccupied, about 300 hundred multi-storied residencies remain on this ancient tribal mesa.
The combined efforts of preservationists have allowed us to re-visit and enjoy the many historical sites that combine to make what we have come to know as the Southwest region of the United States. As we relish in the antiquities of the past, we must also commit to continued preservation so future generations may also have the opportunity to enjoy these desirable destinations.
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