Southwest Spotlight: 14 Breathtaking Death Valley Viewpoints

Death Valley National Park may sound menacing, but as the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the country, it’s actually one of the most interesting spots in the Southwest. Rest assured – Death Valley is anything but dead.

If you’re looking for an off-Strip adventure, don’t discount Death Valley. It’s less than three hours from the Strip, it’s the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, and the area’s extreme temperatures, range of elevation, and untamed wilderness are the perfect complement to the over-the-top glamor of the Strip. If you need a little extra convincing, here 14 breathtaking Death Valley viewpoints you can explore:

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This is Why You Should Bring your Kids to the Grand Canyon

Having young children doesn’t mean putting your travel plans on hold! Travel (and the money you spend to do it) isn’t “wasted” on kids simply because they’re young.

Beyond making lasting memories with your kids, exposing your kids to a wide range of sights, smells, sounds, cultures, and languages from an early age offers a number of benefits that can’t be matched by hitting the road on your own, as tempting as the prospect may be. And while they may not remember that famous architectural masterpiece or epic viewpoint, they’ll certainly remember the experience of traveling, the lessons they learn along the way, and the time you spend together as a family.

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12 Items to Pack for your Las Vegas Vacation

Whether you’ve been planning your Vegas vacation for months or have booked a last-minute getaway, deciding what to bring to Sin City – the Entertainment Capital of the World – can be difficult.

No matter how well you’ve organized your packing list (if you have one at all, that is), something usually gets left behind. Forgetting something on your Vegas vacation certainly isn’t the end of the world, but finding a replacement is far from ideal – in addition to eating into your gambling, food, or party budget, it also takes valuable time away from your explorations.

To help you make the most of your time in Sin City, we’ve put together a list of must-pack items for your Vegas adventure, complete with a downloadable printable list at the end of the post.

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These 3 Viewpoints Will Make You Want to Visit the Grand Canyon’s West Rim

When you see the Grand Canyon on TV or in the movies, chances are you’re seeing the South Rim. But there’s so much more to the 277 mile long, 1 mile wide Canyon than what you see on the big screen!

The Grand Canyon’s lesser-known West Rim offers a more rugged alternative to the South Rim’s many recognizable vistas and viewpoints – and it’s more accessible too. Owned and operated by the Hualapai Indians, Grand Canyon West is only a short three hour drive from Las Vegas (compared to five or six hours to the South Rim), making it the perfect option for travelers who want to experience the illustrious majesty of the Grand Canyon on a tighter schedule. And because it receives fewer guests and has comparatively sparse infrastructure, it’s easier to get up close and personal with the Grand Canyon when you visit the West Rim.

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10 Places to See in the Southwest Outside of Sin City

If you’ve never ventured off the Strip, you might not know what lies beyond the streets of Las Vegas. Sin City may be located on the outskirts of the Mojave Desert, but if you’re looking to spend some time away from the flurry of Las Vegas, there’s no shortage of stunning scenery to see or interesting things to do a short drive outside the city limits. And, luckily, some of the most breathtaking sights in the Southwest aren’t located that far away from the Strip. Interested in a short road trip? Check out Red Rock Canyon! Don’t mind adding a few more miles to your drive? Beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park is only a few hours away.

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