Welcome to The Southwest
They say variety is the spice of life. We’d like to argue, though, that visiting the American Southwest is the spice of life! This region has it all: friendly faces, flavorful cuisine, unique geology, and much more. Take a drive along Route 66 and admire the larger-than-life landscape as it rises from the Gulf Coast to the red rocks. Then, pick a place to stop and explore. You can immerse yourself in Native American culture, dine at authentic Mexican restaurants, or saddle up for an outdoor adventure. The options are endless in the Southwest!
Things to See & Do
Is seeing the Grand Canyon on your bucket list? How about visiting an Indian reservation? Whatever your passions or interests, the Southwest has an attraction for you. Taste your way through Verde Valley, a scenic wine trail that cuts through Arizona. If you want to experience cowboy culture, spend some time at a local dude ranch. Other family-friendly activities include rafting the Moab River, hiking Zion National Park, and touring The Alamo.
From the deserts of Phoenix to the adobe architecture of Santa Fe, the Southwest has dozens of colorful cities worth visiting. Travel to Sedona, AZ, and discover a vibrant arts community surrounded by steep canyon walls. Or, visit San Antonio, TX, to learn about the area’s rich colonial heritage. In the Southwest, historic ghost towns and urban hideaways await around every bend.
Where to Eat & Drink
Food is a huge part of life in the American Southwest. Here, you’ll find a variety of restaurants serving up dishes that hail from Mexican, New Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisines. (Yes, there’s a difference!) Indulge in regional staples like green chile, a classic fall comfort food, and Posole, a hearty stew made with hulled corn, red chile, and pork. Navajo tacos and Sonoran hot dogs are also popular. Don’t forget to wash down your meal with a refreshing prickly-pear margarita!
Best Time to Visit
The Southwest is one of the few regions of the United States that experiences extreme temperatures. Daytime temps usually reach and exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and on the flip side, nights are cold enough to freeze water. Visitors who want to spend time outdoors will be most comfortable in the spring (March through early May) and autumn (September through mid-November), as temperatures are comfortably in the 70s and 80s. However, there are plenty of fun things to do in winter and summer as well.
Planning your trip around a Mexican holiday celebration is another great way to experience the Southwest. From Cinco de Mayo to Day of the Dead, there's no shortage of festivities to enjoy. If you're around in September, be sure to catch a Mexican Independence Day festival!
Where to Stay
Finding lodging in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, or New Mexico is easy when you book with Select Registry. Our Southwest bed and breakfasts are as striking and awe-inspiring as the scenery that surrounds them. Browse our selection of inns, manors, cottages, and carriage houses below, then make your reservations. We can’t wait to see what you discover in the Southwest!