A major feature of the southwestern United States is that it does provide something for everyone. In late November, I booked an elegant spa / 5 star hotel in the Scottsdale area of Arizona. From strolling to hiking, there are a variety of options. From the East Coast, what surprised me was that the desert at that time of the year was not always warm. There is a heat lamp on the outside terrace, and it is very comfortable to sit outside after sunset.
Obviously, I am not the only one who thinks of the sun and the cowboy riding on the horizon. I booked a day trip to the Grand Canyon. When my minivan arrived there, the snow started. One of us, a woman from Europe, went to the gift shop wearing "desert" equipment, light clothes and street shoes. She returned to the gorge in the canyon landscape, wearing a baseball cap to get a little improvement from the cold temperatures!
Another surprise: When I was young, I cheered with my classmates, "The home on the ranch… Buffalo roaming." Because there is obviously no "Bison" and only "Bison", this is more legendary than reality.
Other day trip options in the Scottsdale area include the main artist colony of Sedona, ranging from the 20th century Frank Lloyd Wright building to its fascinating Unforgettable red rock natural landscape. The hiking option is the Apache Trail that arrives with the nearby Goldfield Ghost Town and ends at the Roosevelt Dam.
Anyway, this is a pleasant trip I recommend. The only drawback? When traveling, I prefer the sights within walking distance.
After Christmas, a very different but equally good trip was made in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There is a lot of snow there, which is very suitable for the season, but the historical town itself is still better. There are many restaurants, shops and local landmarks such as St. Francis Cathedral. The latter was built in the late 1800s but serves the 400-year-old parish. Native Americans offer jewellery and other goods, the most popular of which are turquoise and silver necklaces, earrings and even belt buckles. [In early November, Santa Fe hosted the SWAIA Winter India market.]
Day trips to Santa Fe include:
• Turquoise trails
• Bandelier National Monument with 70 miles of hiking trails
• Georgia O'Keefe's home
• Pecos National Park
• In order to change the pace, Las Vegas is also in scope.
In addition to the scenery on the way, Taos is also known for its challenging ski resorts. Despite being an intermediate skier, I took the sleigh to Santa Fe and looked forward to a day skiing tour in Taos. Unfortunately, although I arrived in time for almost every day of snowfall, my trip coincided with Christmas. As a result, the minivan commuter service I contacted was not available. The local residents discouraged me from renting a car, so as not to drive alone to unfamiliar mountains in the event of heavy snow. One creative solution is to ride to the mountains and hope to find someone back. I refused the possibility of being trapped overnight while enjoying a day trip around Santa Fe.
I have found that single travelers in Arizona and New Mexico are good choices all year round. However, if you are going to a national park, please check the winter break time in advance.