Get Your Kicks In These Southwest Destinations

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Many people across the country are seeing a frigid winter with incessant snowfall; others are having one of the mildest winters on record.

Instead of damning La Niña for your winter pains, book it to the Southwest, which is on the winning end of these contrasting temperatures.

It’s time to say goodbye to snow boots and shovels and hello to hiking boots and paddles as you adventure through the red rocks of the desert for a scenic, epic adventure.

Lake Powell

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Water enthusiasts should head to Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the country. Part of the Colorado River, Lake Powell is a popular playground for campers, boaters, fishermen, and families as the 2,000 miles of shoreline has adventure opportunities for everyone.

The beautiful lake sits in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at the Arizona/Utah border. Due to the diverse range of activities, Lake Powell calls to both thrill and chill seekers alike.

Try relaxing (or partying) on a houseboat for a few days. Kayak through the smaller, more intimate canyons. Or, water ski your way across the lake.

Route 66

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If American history, culture, and road food is more your speed, then a road trip is in order. But this is not just any road trip, it’s Route 66, baby.

Travel the portion of Route 66 that stretches from New Mexico to Arizona. Start in Santa Fe, travel through Albuquerque, Winslow, Flagstaff, and Williams, and end in Kingman, AZ.

Have a burger and milkshake at a vintage diner, marvel at roadside attractions, wander the Petrified Forest, and stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona as you experience the weird, kitschy, and kooky sites of these Southwest destinations.

Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon, located in Page, Arizona, is an ideal destination for those seeking a mindful journey. The slot canyon features smoothly sculpted sandstone walls that filter beams of light and create a mystical atmosphere for hikers and bikers.

The Upper Antelope Canyon is known for its accessible entry and easily trekked trails, while the Lower Antelope Canyon requires a little more dexterity as there are obstacles to navigate.

This place is a photographer’s dream and is on all explorers’ bucket lists.

Grand Canyon National Park

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No Southwest adventure guide is complete without mentioning one of the most majestic scenes of all — the Grand Canyon National Park.

The awe-inspiring landmark ranks high on the Seven Natural Wonders of the World list and is one of the most popular Southwest destinations for adventurers across the world.

The massive canyon was forged by the Colorado River starting more than 17 million years ago, according to scientific estimates.

You can choose to witness the dramatic views in safety from a designated lookout or you can venture into the wild with a hike or helicopter tour. You can also go whitewater rafting or hop on a mule to explore a portion of the 1.2 million acres of Arizona land.

What are your favorite Southwest destinations that are not on this list?

Anne-Marie Pritchett is a freelance writer for The Local Lifestyle who enjoys exploring the outdoors, visiting different cultures, digging into new music, and cuddling her new baby. When she gets some free time, she likes to check out local gastropubs and attempt to speak in her British accent.

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