Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet, Amy C Balfour, Greg Ward

Language: English

Pages: 575

ISBN: 1742207367

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Southwest USA is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sup on a green chile sauce, explore the geological treasure of the Grand Canyon, visit the Old West towns that lured gold and copper prospectors, or enjoy the flashy pleasures of Las Vegas; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southwest USA and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Southwest USA Travel Guide:

  • Color 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, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - landscapes, art, history, customs/etiquette, shopping, wildlife, hiking, cuisine, wine, shopping, outdoor adventure
  • Over 65 color maps
  • Covers Las Vegas & Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Southwest Colorado, Sante Fe, Park City, Utah and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Southwest USA, our most comprehensive guide to Southwest USA, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Las Vegas? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Las Vegas, a photo-rich guide to Las Vegas' most popular attractions, or Pocket Las Vegas, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Western USA guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Amy C Balfour, Carolyn McCarthy and Greg Ward.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.



















Com; 75 Bell Rock Plaza; bike rental 2hr/day from $30/$50) in the Village of Oak Creek, not far from the bike friendly Bell Rock Pathway. Oak Creek holds several good swimming holes. If Slide Rock is too crowded, check out Grasshopper Point ($8 per car) a few miles south. Walk south to the pool. Southwest of town you can splash around and enjoy splendid views of Cathedral Rock at Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon (day-use $10 per vehicle), a USFS picnic area along a pretty stretch of Oak Creek, just off Upper Red Rock Loop Rd; look for the turnoff about 2 miles west of the hospital on Hwy 89A.

Scottsdale in particular teems with galleries laden with everything from epic Western oil paintings to cutting-edge sculpture and moody Southwestern landscapes. Every Thursday evening some 100 of them keep their doors open until 9pm for Art Walk (www. scottsdalegalleries. com; h7-9pm), which centers on Marshall Way and Main St. The vibe is edgier and the setting more urban during First Fridays (www. artlinkphoenix. com; h6-10pm), which draws up to 20,000 people to the streets of downtown Phoenix on the first Friday of every month, primarily for art but also for music, poetry slams and other events.

Itineraries Vegas, Grand Canyon & Southern Utah Loop 2 Weeks Want the biggest bang for your buck, and for your two-week vacation? Drive this scenic loop, which swings past the Southwest's most famous city, canyon and scenery. Start in Las Vegas and dedicate two days to traveling the world on the Strip. When you've soaked up enough decadence, head east to canyon country – Grand Canyon country, that is. Spend a couple of days exploring America's most famous park. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, descend into the South Rim on a mule and spend the night at Phantom Ranch on the canyon floor.

The unwritten rule is that casino hotels are open for business 24/7/365. Major tourist areas are safe. However, Las Vegas Blvd between downtown and the Strip gets shabby, along with a desolate area along Las Vegas Blvd known as the 'Naked City'. CosmopolitanCASINO ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %702-698-7000; www. cosmopolitanlasvegas. com; 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S; h24hr) Hipsters who thought they were too cool for Vegas finally have a place to go where they don't need irony to endure – or enjoy – the aesthetics of the Strip.

Whether you like it rare or well-done, celebrity or local, retro or mod, and your background music Frank Sinatra or Lady Gaga, Vegas is still pretty much a carnivore's dream. Gordon Ramsay SteakSTEAK ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %877-346-4642, 702-946-4663; www. gordonramsay. com; Paris Las Vegas; mains $32-105, tasting menu without/with wine pairings $145/220; h4:30-10:30pm daily, bar to midnight Fri & Sat) Carnivores, leave Paris behind and stroll through a miniaturized Chunnel into British chef Gordon Ramsay's steakhouse.

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