The Southwest

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Stately cacti and incredible desert scenery

Four very large states — Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona — comprise the Southwest region of the United States. This part of the country has landscapes unlike anywhere else, complete with snow-capped peaks, rust-colored sandstone cliffs, rolling prairies, sandy beaches and prickly cacti.

This part of the country is known for its Wild West heritage, but it’s also an outdoor lover’s dream. Several notable U.S. National Parks can be found here, including Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Big Bend National Park in Texas. Meanwhile, New Mexico and Oklahoma are home to a number of Native American historic sites. And all four states feature plenty of opportunities to hike, swim, ride horses and even ski.