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After self-quarantining for months, I think we are all craving a location change. With Covid-19 still prevalent, our travel options are limited and we need to make sure to be safe. Limited, but not impossible. Everyone is stressed right now, so it is important to take some time to recoup and recenter yourself, family and friends. While still taking the proper precautions, it’s time to jump in the car and just start going. For as long as you can remember, travel has always been your priority and now is the time to look at your car as your vacation transporter. Your car  now  has a purpose and that is to get you to and your family or friends to a relaxing vacation destination

Remember those dreaded road trips to Florida or other spring break spots with your family? Well now it’s time to upgrade. Grab some friends, furry or human-or solo mission it up, regardless you are going to need to make sure you have playlists and podcasts on deck. Pack your car with lots of treats and liquids, grab your essentials and let’s hit the road. It’s not only about the destination, it’s also about the journey and making new memories! 

It is time to make road trips fun again, open up a map and pick your destination. We are going to highlight some of our favorite Southwest road trip destinations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma.

 

Texas holds some beautiful sights, ideal for road tripping. As such a large state, there are many adventures waiting for you. Start off with Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas, explore the largest protected area of the Chihuahuan desert in the United States. From there head to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park just east of El Paso. The park is home to Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas. Take some time outside the mountains and relax by the water at Padre Island National Seashore off the coast of South Texas. This is different from South Padre Island known for populated beaches, Padre Island National Seashore is completely preserved and is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world.

New Mexico is a great place to explore nature’s history. If you’re a fan of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, you’ve got to make the journey out to Ghost Ranch, where her studio is located and the influence of many of her pieces. Explore the beautiful scenery and join in on the search for fossils! Just Southwest of Santa Fe is the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe means ‘white cliffs’ in Keresan. It is a beautiful spot to hike through the cliffs and enjoy the unique scenery. New Mexico has a variety of beautiful scenery that contains so much history, The City of Rocks State Park is a must see. The large sculpted rock formations were created 34.9 million years ago as a result of a volcanic eruption. Artifacts have been found on the grounds leading to evidence of prehistoric native Americans on the land. New Mexico landscape does not lack history, that is for sure!

Arizona holds one of the most beautiful staples of this country, the Grand Canyon. Located on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the monument itself is bigger than the state of Rhode Island and holds beautiful hiking scenery and caves. The Grand Canyon goes right in between the north side of the Kaibab National Forest. You can stay in an 18th century cabin within the forest and relax in the three-acre fishing facility. Head over to Southeastern Arizona to explore the Chiricahua National Monument, preserved huge balancing rocks that were a result of a massive volcanic eruption about 27 million years ago. Quite a sight to see!

Oklahoma rounds off our list continuing the natural beauty waiting to be explored. Head to south-central Oklahoma so explore the Chickasaw National Recreation Area within the Arbuckle Mountains, the state’s oldest national park. From there head over to real life history along The Trail of Tears, walk with history along the trail stretching between multiple other states. Finish your road trip in southwestern Oklahoma at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, an area dedicated to protecting unique wildlife. Here you will see not only a variety of animals, but over 800 species of plants. As an undisturbed area dedicated to preserving life, it’s a definite destination on the road trip list.

Remember to be safe and take the proper health precautions while out and about, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

“A Vacation helps to relieve stress and boredom, gives us a change of scenery, provides us with adventure, and helps to bring us closer to the people in our lives,” E. S. Woods.

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