Travel Planning
U.S. Southwest
Travel Planning
U.S. Southwest

U.S. Southwest at a Glance

The breathtaking vistas of the American Southwest offer otherworldly colors and varying landscape. Texas, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico all have something unique to offer, but they all have the overarching wild west feel that will leave you in awe of their natural beauty. From soaring mountain tops and deep canyons to vast desert and dense forests, this region has a wealth of picture-perfect spots that you won't want to look away from.

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or you prefer to spend your time under the neon lights of the Las Vegas strip, the Southwest will have you feeling wild like the mysterious land it once was – and still is.

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  • Texas Texas
  • Arizona Arizona
  • New Mexico New Mexico
  • Nevada Nevada
  • Utah Utah
Popular Places
  • Phoenix Phoenix
  • San Antonio San Antonio
  • Lake Havasu Lake Havasu
  • Salt Lake City Salt Lake City
  • Las Vegas Las Vegas
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Major Airport Reno Tahoe International Airport
  • Major Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Major Airport Albuquerque International Airport
  • Major Airport Salt Lake City International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The southwest has an arid climate and can be dangerously hot and dry during the summer. Occasional thunderstorms strike the region during the summer and can cause flooding, wind damage or dangerous lightening strikes.

Safety Concerns Whether in one of the southwest's hub cities, or enjoying a national park, it is important to remain aware of your surroundings, stick with the group and avoid flashing valuables.

Health Concerns The southwest's hot summer weather can cause health problems especially to at-risk and active populations. Stay cool during the heat of the day and drink plenty of water to avoid heat related problems.

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