Visual Adventure: the American Southwest

Gary Arndt December 31, 2013 2

The west coast of the United States is some where that everyone should visit at least once, regardless of where they are from.

In 2011, I had the pleasure of leading a photography tour with G Adventures around the American Southwest. We started in San Francisco, ended in Los Angeles and visited many amazing national parks along the way. These photos represent some of the highlights of the tour, but by no means reflect everything we saw. I am already planning my next visit to the American Southwest in 2014!

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park was made famous by the photographer Ansel Adams. One of his most popular images is of Yosemite Falls. Active in the spring and dry in the fall, the waterfall is best seen before all the snow in the region has melted.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

San Francisco has a lot to offer:Chinatown, Fisherman’s Warf, Alcatraz and Muir Woods are all highlights of any trip. However, most people visiting for the first time will probably want to see the Golden Gate Bridge. If you have the time, you can walk across the bridge for free!

The hoodos in the Bryce Canyon amphitheater.

The hoodos in the Bryce Canyon amphitheater.

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most under appreciated parks in the US. The hoodos in the Bryce Canyon amphitheater are some of the most stunning rock formations you will ever see.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon near Page, Arizona. It was created by flash floods which periodically rush through the area. The canyon itself is on Navajo land and is not a national park. Unlike most places, the best time to visit Antelope Canyon is during mid day when you can seen beams of light coming straight down.

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River.

Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River.

Just outside of Page is Horseshoe Bend, a part of the Colorado River which bends almost completely in a circle. There are no facilities or visitor center at Horseshoe Bend. You just park your car and walk to the edge of the canyon.

Grand Canyon sunset.

Grand Canyon sunset.

The highlight of the American West, and one of the wonders of the world, is the Grand Canyon. Watching the sunset over the canyon should be on everyone’s American West bucket list.


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2 Comments »

  1. Lesley January 1, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I would have to agree. I saw some of Arizona and New Mexico in October of 2013 and plan on seeing the rest of Arizona in June of this year. The scenery is beautiful and spectacular!

  2. Ashley Johnson January 6, 2014 at 7:01 am - Reply

    With its soaring azure sky and stark landscapes, the American Southwest is one of the most hauntingly beautiful regions on earth.

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