They say a photo is worth a thousand words and you can always count on Instagram for beautiful inspirational travel photos that motivate us to explore something new. Whether you need to pretend you’re in someplace much warmer than your current locale, are looking to see shots of new amazing travel destinations, or just need to look at beautiful scenery and lush historic landscapes, here are eight Instagram photos that will make you want to tour the American West #rightnow.
This historic landmark is home to some of the most spectacular views in the world. This spiritual sanctuary for Navajo is called “the place where water runs through rocks” and is accessible only by guided tour. This historic sight is comprised of two main areas within the canyon, Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon.
Upper Antelope Canyon is the most frequently visited by residents and tourists for two reasons. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, this portion of the canyon allows beams of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon, creating the most incredible moment you can experience in nature. Lower Antelope Canyon, called Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches” by the Navajo, are located a few miles away. There are so many tantalizing views and backdrops that you instantly feel transported into a serene southwest peace. Tours are available but we recommend booking in advance to avoid the lines!
Grand Canyon South Rim & West Rim
As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is an extremely popular destination for locals and tourists from around the world to visit. This magnanimous destination is so rich in beauty and history that it’s almost difficult to know where to begin when planning your visit.
The Grand Canyon offers exceptional hiking, horseback riding and camping; but one of the most incredible ways to experience the Grand Canyon is to catch a sunrise or sunset with a hike to one of the many overlooks. While there are truly no bad views or vantage points in the Grand Canyon, some of the best spots to visit and experience are located in the South and West Rim.
Tombstone is the perfect place to explore classic western history in the heart of Southern Arizona. The town is famous for its lawmen and bandits, was the metropolitan hub of the American West for its commerce as well as mining and local cattlemen. Explore the wild west history, the historic San Xavier del Bac Spanish Mission nearby (pictured), the famous cemetery at Boothill, as well as the Tombstone Courthouse, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, Birdcage Theatre, and OK Corral.
Eldorado Canyon of southern Clark County, Nevada is famed for its rich silver and gold mines. The canyon was named in 1857 by steamboat entrepreneur Captain George Alonzo Johnson when gold and silver was discovered here. It drains into the Colorado River at the former site of Nelson’s Landing. The town of Nelson lies in the upper reach of the canyon. At first glance, Eldorado Canyon Mine visitors may not be aware they’re standing on ground that at one time epitomized the Wild West. A region abundant in riches and plagued by lawlessness, greed, and murder, the history of this Southern Nevada treasure was crafted in blood and gold. Though the days of harboring Civil War deserters may be a thing of the past, the resonance of an unruly population can still be felt echoing throughout the canyon walls.
From world class fishing in high alpine lakes to waterfalls and white-water rapids, Bryce Canyon has a little of bit of something for everyone. Refresh your spirit at Inspiration Point where you get to see the complete view of Bryce Amphitheater elevated at 8,000 ft. high. Explore Mossy Cave Trail, which is a hidden spot that features a waterfall found in the park. Discover the colors, shapes and incredible hoodoo views at Bryce Canyon National Park. A full day tour of Bryce Canyon includes views of the Virgin River Gorge, the Grand Staircase National Monument, the magical hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and a made-to-order lunch.
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