Story originally appeared on Club Wyndham.
A country as large as the United States is a gold mine of travel opportunities. There are the mountains of Montana, the cities of New York, the beaches of Hawaii and then there’s the American Southwest. The region of sprawling desert landscapes and bright blue skies attracts thousands of visitors each year thanks to its unique beauty and array of bucket-list experiences. If you’re planning a trip to the Southwest, here are a few spots you won’t want to miss.
1. Sedona & Northern Arizona
When some people think of vibrant red mountains, they think of planet Mars but not Arizona natives. Welcome to Sedona, a town of luxurious spas, quirky shops, and a slew of scenic hiking trails nestled within the Red Rocks. Explore the gems of Sedona, like Devils Bridge and Chapel of the Holy Cross, then hit the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village for some lunch and a stroll. Club Wyndham Sedona is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and gear up for another adventure. There are few places on the planet with as much character as Sedona, but the fun doesn’t have to end there.
When in Northern Arizona, do like the northern Arizonians do and take a cruise along the famous Route 66. Head north to visit any one of Arizona’s breathtaking landmarks, including Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and The Grand Canyon. Be sure to book a tour of these attractions ahead of time, and don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at a diner along the way!
2. Hunt & Texas Hill Country
Step aside, Napa Valley Hunt, Texas is coming through. In the heart of Texas Hill Country, Hunt is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the great outdoors. At WorldMark Stablewood Springs Resort, available through Wyndham Club Pass, you’ll find a combination of rustic charm and modern amenities tucked away in the countryside. If you’re looking for a picturesque destination to relax and unwind, look no further than this Southwestern oasis.
Start your day with a trip to Bridgets Basket, a farm-to-table market and garden off of Highway 39. Enjoy a float down the Guadalupe River or a swim in Schumachers Crossing, then head to one of Hill Country’s renowned wineries where the only thing better than the wine are the views. End the night two-stepping at Criders Rodeo and Dancehall, and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a rodeo.
3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
If a trip to Spain isn’t on the cards, a stay in Santa Fe is a close second. As the oldest capital city in the United States, Santa Fes rich history makes it a truly fascinating place to visit. Adobe homes and Spanish style architecture line the streets of this desert city, where delicious food and glowing sunsets are aplenty. Visit one of Santa Fes many museums, like the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
They don’t call Santa Fe “The City Different” for nothing. Each year, the capital hosts dozens of live music and art events showcasing the city’s unique culture. Have a little fun downtown, then if you’re feeling extra adventurous, make a pit-stop at Santa Fes one-of-a-kind immersive art experience, Meow Wolf. Just half a mile away from Santa Fe Plaza, the charming WorldMark Santa Fe serves as the perfect home base for your stay in this iconic Southwest city.