While professional and elite cyclists flock to Tucson for the mild temps and mostly cloudless blue skies when it’s freezing elsewhere, they also come for the pain and the anguish. This rugged Sonoran Desert valley, hemmed in by towering mountains and jagged hills, is an ideal proving-ground for those looking to show off their roadworthiness.
Discover the Southwest & Texas
Southwestern hospitality is legendary. So too are Texas’s honky-tonk verve, Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Utah’s marvelous mazes of sandstone, New Mexico’s Roswell conspiracies. Where but Dallas are there rodeos rubbing elbows with shopping worthy of Rodeo Drive, or a dinner out of humble chicken-fried steak followed by a night of resplendent opera?
Here are the sprawling, wide-open spaces of America, where you can drive for miles or stand atop the tallest plateau with nothing but the vastness of the landscape and your own thoughts for company. With so much prime road trip blacktop, it can be a tough choice between driving the scenic byways of Arizona or taking a two-week road trip through New Mexico.
For a break from the car, stretch your legs on a day hike in one of Utah’s National Parks, or make sure everyone’s entertained in the great outdoors with these kid-friendly activities in and around the parks. Another trail that’s fun of a different sort to travel is Texas’s Hill Country Wine Trail.
Travel Maps of the Southwest & Texas