While you’re waiting for the snow to melt at home, head over to the wild Southwest for your spring vacation to enjoy a climate that stays luxuriously warm year-round. Although the weather is certainly one of the most appealing aspects of the Southwest, tourists don’t just flock to this part of the country for the sunny days alone. The following destinations are sure to make your experience exciting and memorable, so you can come home fully refreshed and with plenty of stories to share.
Raft the Colorado River
For thrill-seekers who want to experience the Grand Canyon in a way that their friends probably haven’t, brace yourself for a three-week trip rafting through the Colorado River to test your strength and enjoy an outdoor experience you’ll never forget. Take off down the massive 226-mile river and explore some of the world’s deepest and most rugged canyons from a whole new perspective. Experienced travelers can embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with their most daring loved ones, or with the accompaniment of an experienced tour guide to lead the way.
Get inspired at the Chickasaw Cultural Center
Discover the fascinating culture and heritage of the dynamic Chickasaw Native American tribe at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Okla. The sprawling campus features several exhibits, an amphitheater, woods, gardens, sky pavilion, water pavilion, research center and more. Learn the language from interactive exhibits and explore the Spirit Forest exhibit to experience the Chickasaw’s spiritual connection with nature.
Soak up the sun at Mission Beach
You can’t go to the West Coast without visiting one of California’s world-famous beaches. Mission Beach is one of the most popular spots in San Diego, which features much more than just surf and sand. Belmont Park is an ultra-fun amusement park located right behind the beach with roller coasters and rides galore, while popular night clubs along the strip make for a fun evening on the town when the sun goes down. To take a break from the heat during the day, stroll through the area’s many shopping centers to stock up on souvenirs or treat yourself to something special.
Walk on the wild side at Albuquerque Biological Park
An educational and family-friendly choice for your vacation, the Albuquerque Biological Park is a must-see during your visit to the Southwest. The park consists of four separate attractions, including the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Rio Grande Zoo, the Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. Ride the train from place to place for a full day of fun for all ages, which brings learning to life for a trip that’s both exciting and enriching.
If you want to make the most of your Southwest vacation, include a variety of activities in your itinerary. The list above should give you a good place to start, whether you’re traveling with the family, looking for a romantic getaway or planning a trip with your closest friends. No matter who is accompanying you, your adventure in the west is sure to be one that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Cameron is a travel enthusiast that loves to take new trips to uncharted territories. Whether its the United States, Europe, Africa, or the Siberian tundra, there’s not a place that’s too far or too dangerous.