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The diverse landscape of the Southwest, from the cacti-filled deserts of Arizona to the sprawling plains of Texas, provides ample opportunity for incredible adventure vacations. Choose from hiking, fishing, river rafting and other active adventures to make your visit to the Southwest a memorable one.
As the second largest state, Texas is home to more than just the Southwest travel image of deserts filled with rolling tumbleweeds. In fact, the state has many lakes and rivers that are perfect for kayak fishing, including Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, the Colorado River that runs through Central Texas and Caddo Lake along the Texas-Louisiana border. You’ll also find the ultimate adventure trip activities, such as exploring underground caves and soaring through the skies via zip line, at Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio as well as learning to surf at the Nland Wavepool near Austin.
While Arizona’s deserts may heat up the state for half the year, there are plenty of ways to stay cool on your vacation in the Southwest. From rafting in the Grand Canyon to mountain biking through the red sandstone hills of Sedona, Arizona promises to be an adventure trip of a lifetime. The rugged beauty of the desert also makes for some amazing hiking trails, like Four Peaks near Phoenix, Cow Pie Loop in Sedona and Butterfly Trail in Tucson. In addition to the Grand Canyon, you won’t want to miss the stunning Southwest beauty of Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell too.
For a relaxing experience, book a stay at the La Cantera Resort near San Antonio in Texas’ Hill Country or visit one of the many luxurious desert resorts in Arizona, including the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson or Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona to help make you recover from your active adventures on your vacation in the Southwest..
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