Southwest is the term commonly used to describe those states that are geographically located in the south of the USA, but were not involved in the American Civil War. These include New Mexico and Arizona – due to the very similar landscape, Utah and Nevada are also frequently included.
In Arizona there are important natural monuments like the Grand Canyon National Park, the Monument Valley, Sedona and the Antelope Canyon. If we cross the border to New Mexico, we can admire White Sands, El Malpais and Shiprock – and discover some historic Pueblo villages.
Utah is especially known for its five national parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Arches), which are not called "Mighty 5" for nothing. The Wasatch Chain stretches around the capital Salt Lake City with ski resorts that stand up to international comparison.
Las Vegas may not be the capital of Nevada, but with its dazzling nightlife it is without any doubt the epitome of the otherwise rather barren Southwest. In the Death Valley National Park at the Californian border you have reached the lowest point of the American continent with 85 m below sea level.
Also at the Californian border stretches the Lake Tahoe region: There the desert state merges into the "Cowboy Country" with its wide, grassy plains and crystal clear lakes. Where today the US50 runs, in 1860 the riders of the famous Pony Express were transporting mail from east to west.