15 Trip Ideas For Southwest U.S.

Let’s face it, planning a trip can be pretty time consuming, and most people don’t want to take the time to do it. Therefore, this can add stress to your travel, by not having ideas for what you want to do, and where you want to eat. I have compiled 17 trip ideas for the Southwest U.S. from fellow bloggers, to help inspire the desire to wander. 

Although I’ve been to Vegas three times, and Phoenix once, each time was for work. So my actual exploring of these cities has been minimal. This is my extent of visiting Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. In order to share some travel ideas with you, I found some fun-filled blogs to share with you. 

Route 66

What could be better, than to start with the nostalgic Route 66, which covers multiple states. Our friends from Loving Living Green took on the challenge of traveling as much of Route 66 as they could. Including “Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona” and reaching the end of Route 66 at the Santa Monica Pier. You can see all the places they visited during their road trip, on the blog.

Arizona

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My friend Karen, from KMF is Writing was able to capture some stunning photos in Antelope Canyon that went viral on Facebook, and for good reason. Most surprisingly, her photos were taken with her iPhone. As she states, “no special cameras necessary.” With that being said, I can only imagine the beauty of Antelope Canyon in person. 

Scott (Bobo) and Megan (Chichi), fell in love with traveling when Scott moved to Korea to teach English. Once Megan joined him, they spent their free time on hobbies and exploring. They are passionate about being a trusted resource for travel tips, and you can tell by checking out all they have to share about the area of Page.

Man and woman holding hands walking through snow covered desert mountains
Photo Credit: Bobo & Chichi

Phoenix

Shirley from Travels With Bibi shares so many practical travel tips, I just love following her, and you will too. She believes life is one big adventure. Here she takes you on a self-guided road trip around Phoenix, tips included. 

Painted wall that says downtown
Photo Credit: Travels With Bibi

Sedona

Join Lara on a journey through Sedona. I love Lara’s twist on how travel connects to so many other aspects of your life. Her positivity is contagious through her sharing experiences. 

California

Joshua Tree

After getting to know Kristi through her blog, I had the pleasure of meeting her this past April when we happened to both be camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. AND, we were only one campsite away from each other. Such a small world. Kristi shares her tips for visiting Joshua Tree National Park with kids. 

Lake Tahoe

Laura shares how living more simple, can afford you to travel in luxury. A fellow Disney loving family, she shares her beautiful take on raising a family with a mix of values adopted from living in many different countries over the years. Here you can check out their adventures in Lake Tahoe. 

San Francisco

Lori, from Serendipity on Purpose, considers herself kind of a planning freak, and San Francisco’s one of her favorite places. Put the two together, and she shares her 10 amazing things to do in San Fran

Two ladies holding onto the rails of a trolley
Photo Credit: Serendipity on Purpose

Nevada

Las Vegas

Jessica from One Swell Adventure’s outlook on life is something we all can learn from. She admits in not having it all together most days, but with her family, she has it all. And making memories, no matter where they go, is what they do best. Even in Vegas, with kids. 

Nelson

How about visiting a Ghost Town? Reminds me of the Brady Bunch episode!! Love Your RV, share a cute little Ghost Town outside of Las Vegas. If you’re an RVer, or considering the RV life, then you must follow Ray and Anne, because after over 8 years as full time travelers, they know a thing or two. 

Reno

The Perennial Style shares What To Do In Reno. If you know me at all, you know I would love this brewery bike ride!! The Flowers sisters work together in sharing style and fun!! Who wouldn’t love to be blogging with their sister? I know I would!! 

Girl sitting on pedal bike bar
Photo Credit: Perennial Style

Utah

My friend Lisa, from Planning Away, loves to share her experiences in the hopes of helping others create the vacation of their dreams. Like her name says, planning is something she enjoys, so check out some of her ideas on places to visit in Utah! There’s something for everyone.

So happy to have found Candace, from CS Ginger, while exploring on Pinterest!! Who else can agree when she says they’re glad they decided to take their twins everywhere with them. I understand there will be times to travel without kids, but when I am not with mine, I miss them so much. She sure knows how to pack a post with lots of helpful information, so enjoy these next three destinations from her.

Park City

15 Memorable Things To Do In Park City

Photo Credit: CS Ginger

Provo

13 Things To Do With Your Kids Near Provo

Large stone mountain with waterfall
Photo Credit CS Ginger

15 Epic Things To Do In Salt Lake City

Red trolley car in Salt Lake City

So much travel inspiration, have you visited any of these places? We would love to hear about it. Been somewhere in these states that’s not shared here? Tell us about that too! 

Pinterest Graphic with two ladies on trolley

For more ideas, check out our 9 Things To Do In & Around Lexington

24 thoughts on “15 Trip Ideas For Southwest U.S.

  • July 4, 2019 at 9:52 am
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    These are some amazing places to see. Thanks for including my Utah family reunion post! I would love to see so many of these places! I live so close and haven’t seen near enough!

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    • July 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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      Yes!! So many great ideas!!

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    • July 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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      I want to to there too!!

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  • July 4, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    I love all of these!! When I get back to California in August, I’m going to check out Lori’s suggestions for San Francisco!

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    • July 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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      Fun!! I can’t wait to hear about it!!

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  • July 4, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    This is my part of the country! I have great memories from a lot of these places. It’s fun to see what else is close too! Thanks for including me!

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    • July 4, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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      Just one reason I am loving this blogging journey!! Seeing about so many places I never would have known about.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    These are great suggestions and I love that you got the perspective from different families.

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    • July 4, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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      Thank you!! I love that too!

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  • July 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    This area is on my radar! We actually planned a trip to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, but it was the year that Arches was having major road work, so we went to Gettysburg and Williamsburg instead. I am ready to head this direction at any time!

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    • July 4, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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      What a bummer. But I bet Gettysburg and Williamsburg would fun too!! We’ve always talked about going to Gettysburg with our kids, and now two are grown 🙁

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  • July 4, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    Love this post! So many cool things to experience! Definitely giving me some destination inspiration! And thank you for including me in this collaboration.

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    • July 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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      I’m on inspiration overdrive, LOL!! Happy to include you!

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  • July 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    I was excited to learn about Nelson’s ghost town. That looks cool.

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    • July 10, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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      I think so too!!

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  • July 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    I’ve been and enjoyed San Francisco but not to the other destinations on your list. I’ll definitely have to check some of them out. Thanks for such a detailed and concise look into these spots!

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    • July 10, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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      Happy it was helpful!!

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    • July 10, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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      Thanks!! Hope it gives you some more inspiration for the area!

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  • July 10, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    Really fantastic ideas. I’ve been wanting to do a Route 66 road trip forever. I’ll get to drive a little bit of it when we go to Albuquerque in October.

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    • July 11, 2019 at 10:34 am
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      Me too!! I can’t wait to do it!!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    I’ll be adding some of these great ideas to my list of things to do when I head out that way next year! Thank you!!! 🙂

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    • July 11, 2019 at 10:34 am
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      Yay!! Can’t wait to see what you do!

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