Grand Southwestern Road Trip



There are many classic drives to take in western North America. We’ll add more to our website in the months ahead, but in the meantime, check our stories on a few of them such as Highway 1 north and south of San Francisco and Highway 395 along the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada. No road trip anywhere in the United States, from my perspective, is more beautiful than the loop we show in our video: Zion to Moab and back. What a trip!

Don’t hesitate. Just go take it and if you can, take your time too. We give you a four-minute glimpse into a journey worth 4 weeks and more. Each place we zoom through (and many more we don’t mention) deserves a long, slow look. For example, we just briefly mentioned the north rim of the Grand Canyon, but it has much to offer and can easily be a vacation destination all by itself. It’s one-thousand feet higher, much quieter and more intimate than the Canyon’s south rim, which is also quite wonderful in other ways. We breezed through the Navajo Reservation and passed by the famous monoliths of Monument Valley. I urge you to stop, marvel and poke around. You’ll learn about geology and the complex history of the region’s native people. Watch a few John Ford westerns before you go, and you’ll recognize the terrain. And take time to visit the Hopi Reservation, just off the route we show in northern Arizona. Then there’s Bryce Canyon and all of Utah’s other national parks, monuments and wilderness areas to keep you entertained. I have a bicycle trip planned through some of this territory late in the spring of 2007. I can’t wait to go and pedal casually.


The grand circle road trip through northern Arizona and southern Utah remains indescribably beautiful. From the Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Monument Valley, Capital Reef National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Price , Zion and more, check out our links, hit the road and tell us what you find.


   posted by : dschaer on 9/11/2009 at 02:00 AM
I ran across your tv program this evening and enjoyed it very much! The GRAND SOUTHWESTERN ROAD TRIP is a great looking trip. I was looking for an itinerary. Did I miss it somewhere? The map dies not delineate the route as well as I would have hoped and an itinerary of roads taken would be very helpfull. Thanks for the great program and web site. Don

   posted by : historienne on 2/22/2009 at 09:42 AM
Doug et al., Congratulations. We are delighted to see that you will continue to bring us the West with the good humor and grace that are your hallmark. Keep on keeping on! Your friends at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Dan, Nan, and Rusty the Lighthouse Dog

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