West Texas is wide-open desert, the kind of place you can still truly get lost, get away from civilization. There are still real cowboys here, and some of them are poets.
Arizona is our other Southwestern favorite. Bisbee is probably the coolest little town in the US. Flagstaff is a highlight. If you’re near Tucson, the Cactus Forest in Saguaro National Park is real magic, especially around sunset. We highly recommend dodging Phoenix.
Southern Utah really just can’t be beat. It’s a sort of fairy tale otherland full of dramatic landscapes and fun small towns.
Hands down, Nederland, Colorado (and the surrounding mountains and small towns) is our favorite spot in Colorado. Check out Rollinsville’s Stage Stop and Golden Gate State Park. We also loved Mesa Verde.
Grand Teton National Park is fabulously spectacular, with Jackson, Wyoming a wonderful gem of a town to serve as basecamp. In fact, we significantly prefer the Tetons to Yellowstone.
We’ve spent a lot of time in Florida, too. Try and avoid the cities and aim for the state and national parks. If you’re looking to visit the keys, we find Islamorado and Big Pine Keys to be our favorites.