The Southwest is America’s untamed playground, luring adventurous travelers with thrilling red-rock landscapes, the legends of shoot-’em-up cowboys, and the kicky delights of green-chile stew.
Lonely Planet will get you to the heart of Southwest USA, with amazing travel experiences and the best planning advice.
This is the Arizona chapter from Lonely Planet’s Southwest USA guidebook.
Arizona is made for road trips. Yes, the state has its showstoppers – Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Cathedral Rock – but you’ll remember the long, romantic miles under endless skies for as long as you do the icons in between.
- try to find unused superlatives to do justice to Grand Canyon National Park, a wonder of the natural world
- drop your jaw at the surreal buttes and mesas of the desert wonderland that is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
- drink in the lonely beauty of Chiricahua National Monument
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Phoenix & Around, Central Arizona, Verde Valley, Wickenburg, Prescott, Jerome, Cottonwood, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff, Payson & Mogollon Rim, Cameron, Grand Canyon Region, South Rim, Havasupai Reservation, Hualapai Reservation & Skywalk, North Rim, Arizona Strip, Page & Glen Canyon National Recreation Ar-ea, Navajo Reservation, Tuba City & Moenkopi, Navajo National Monument, Kayenta, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Window Rock, Hopi Reserva-tion, Eastern Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park, Winslow, Holbrook, Western Arizona, Bull-head City & Laughlin, Kingman, Oatman, Seligman, Lake Havasu City, Parker, Yuma, Southern Arizona, Tucson & Around, West of Tucson, South of Tucson, Patagonia & the Mountain Empire, Tombstone, Bisbee, Chiricahua National Monument, Benson, Sierra Vista.
This is the Las Vegas & Nevada chapter from Lonely Planet’s Southwest USA guidebook.
Nevada is defined by contrasts and contradictions, juxtaposing arid plains with skyward, snowcapped mountains, while stilettos demand equal suitcase space with ski boots. Many visi-tors come only for the main event: Las Vegas.
- be mesmerized by the twinkling lights and the possibility that anything is possible in Las Vegas
- recognize beauty in the isolation and desolation of the ancient desert at Valley of Fire State Park
- getg to know yourself against the backdrop of Hwy 50’s jaw-dropping vistas, the Loneliest Road in America
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Las Vegas & Around, Red Rock Canyon, Mt Charles-ton, Mesquite, Henderson, Boulder City, Great Basin, Along Highway 95, Along Highway 93, Along Highway 50, Along I-80, Reno & Around, Carson City, Virginia City, Genoa, Pyramid Lake, Lake Tahoe & Around.
This is the New Mexico chapter from Lonely Planet’s Southwest USA guide-book.
It's called the Land of Enchantment for a reason. Maybe it's the traditional mountain villages of horse pastures and adobe homes, or the volcanoes, river canyons and vast desert plains be-neath an even vaster sky. The beauty casts a powerful spell.
- immerse yourself in art and culture in one of the US’s oldest and most unique cities, Santa Fe
- visit the famous Pueblo, ski the steeps and get your mellow on in groovy Taos
- wonder at the mystery and architectural ingenuity of an ancient civilization at Chaco Cul-ture National Historical Park
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Albuquerque & Around, Albuquerque Area Pueblos, Along I-25, Turquoise Trail, Santa Fe & Around, Northern Pueblos, Los Alamos, Bandelier Na-tional Monument, Abiquiú, Ojo Caliente, High Road to Taos, Low Road to Taos, Taos & Around, Taos Pueblo, Arroyo Seco, Taos Ski Valley, Enchanted Circle, Mora Valley & Northeastern New Mexico, Raton, Clayton, Cimarron, Las Vegas, Chaco Canyon & Northwestern New Mexico, Chama, Jicarilla Apache Reservation, Cuba, Navajo Dam, Aztec, Farmington, Chaco Culture Na-tional Historical Park, Gallup, Zuni Pueblo, Grants, Acoma Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Silver City & Southwestern New Mexico, Socorro, Truth or Consequences, Silver City, Gila National Forest, Deming, Las Cruces, Carlsbad Caverns & Southeastern New Mexico, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, Lincoln, Roswell, Carlsbad, I-40 East to Texas, Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Fort Sumner.
This chapter contains the Welcome to Southwest USA, Southwest USA’s Top 25, Need to Know, If You Like…, Month by Month, Itineraries, Route 66 & Scenic Drives Southwest USA Outdoors Travel with Children, and Regions at a Glance chapters from Lonely Planet’s Southwest USA guidebook.
Your journey to Southwest USA starts here. You’ll find the tools to plan your adventure: where to go and when, how much to budget, plus in-depth info on scenic drives and Route 66.
- tailor-made itineraries, arranged by region, themes and events
- list of highlights and best experiences
- everything you need to know about exploring the Southwest with kids
- user-friendly country overview ensures you won’t miss a thing
Coverage includes: Welcome to Southwest USA, Southwest USA’s Top 25, Need to Know, If You Like: Geology, Hiking, Art, Historic Sights, Waterborne Adventure, The Old West, Skiing, Wine & Craft Beers, Shopping, Film Locations, Cultural Diversity, The Kitsch & Kooky, Small-Town USA, Month by Month, Itineraries, Route 66 & Scenic Drives Southwest USA Outdoors Travel with Children, and Regions at a Glance.
This chapter contains the Southwest USA Today, History, The Way of Life, American Indian Southwest, Southwest Cuisine, Geology & the Land, Arts & Architecture, Directory A–Z, and Transportation chapters from Lonely Planet’s Southwest USA guidebook.
All the info you need on everything from history, culture and cuisine, to flights, public transport, climate, money, the internet... you name it. Get tips for women travellers, gay and les-bian travellers, travellers with disabilities, and travellers with kids.
- a rundown on the local way of life
- info on history, people and cultural events
- a guide to artistic and architectural highlights
- details on the Southwest's unique landscape
Coverage includes: Southwest USA Today, History, The Way of Life, American Indian Southwest, Southwest Cuisine, Geology & the Land, Arts & Architecture, Direc-tory A–Z, and Transportation.
This is the Utah chapter from Lonely Planet’s Southwest USA guidebook.
Welcome to nature’s most perfect playground. From red-rock mesas to skinny slot canyons, powder-bound slopes and slick rock trails, Utah’s diverse terrain will stun you. The biking, hiking and skiing are world-class.
- hike to the heights of Angels Landing or Observation Point in Zion National Park
- stop at every amphitheater overlook in colorful Bryce Canyon National Park
- cruise incredibly scenic Highway 12 and others around the state
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Moab & Southeastern Utah, Bluff, Mexican Hat, Blanding, Monticello, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Arches National Park, Green River, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area & Lake Powell, Zion & Southwestern Utah, Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Boulder, Escalante, Grand Stair-case–Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Red Canyon, Panguitch, Kanab, Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilder-ness Area, Cedar City, Brian Head, St George, Tropic, Salt Lake Region, Salt Lake City, Antelope Island State Park, Brigham City, Logan, Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City Ski Resorts, Park City, Ogden, Heber City & Midway, Sundance Resort, Provo, Northeastern Utah, Vernal, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Price & San Rafael Swell.
- Colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping,
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, lifestyle, Native Americans, culture, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, environmental issues, cuisine, beer, wine, customs, etiquette
- Over 61 color maps
Coverage includes: Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona, Greater Phoenix, Grand Canyon Region, Navajo Reservation, Taos, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Southwestern Colorado, Utah and more
Publication Date: March 2018
Writers: Hugh McNaughtan, Carolyn McCarthy, Christopher Pitts, Benedict Walker
544 pages, 64pp color, 60 maps | Dimensions: 128mm × 197mm
Next edition due: August 2023
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