Over the past thirty years, the American Southwest has developed a reputation for being home to some of the most unique travel experiences in the United States. Why the “sudden” fascination with traveling to this part of the country, and why is it such a haven for travelers seeking a luxurious, restorative getaway?
The Southwestern part of the U.S. has some of the largest tracts of unspoiled land in the entire country. It’s still very much a sojourner’s paradise, rife for adventure and the unknown. Because there’s so much available land – most of it beautifully untouched – luxury retreats are able to provide guests with an experience of unmatched seclusion. With thousands of acres of private land to explore, travelers to this part of the country truly feel like they’ve gone “off the grid.”
Additionally, the weather in the Southwest is as varied as travelers want it to be. In some parts of the region such as southern Arizona and southern New Mexico, temperatures are mild year-round, offering visitors a respite from less temperate parts of the country. In other Southwestern destinations such as northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, there’s enough seasonal snowfall to provide endless opportunities for winter activities like skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. The Southwest’s climate is as varied as its topography.
Southwestern food is more critically-acclaimed than at any point in history. Thanks to famous chefs like Bobby Flay and Rick Bayless, Southwestern flavors are today one of the most popular in the United States. A shift to locavore eating – that is, eating hyper-local ingredients from no more than a few miles away – favors the way people eat in the Southwest. Many of the country’s best chefs actually have actually set up shop at luxury getaway resorts in the Southwest, such as restauranteur Tatsu Miyazaki, who calls The Restaurant at Sierra Grande in New Mexico home.
Because of its vast expanses of open land, the American Southwest provides a pristine environment for nature to flourish. For lovers of flora and fauna, few domestic locales present as much opportunity to explore. Home to over a dozen natural parks, the Southwest is also host to “private national park” retreats, like the Ted Turner-owned Ladder Ranch. Here, guests stay in relative luxury and avoid the crowds of large parks like Yellowstone while enjoying private guided nature tours where they’ll spot bison, black bear, and even coyote.
Culturally, the Southwest is one of the most unique areas of the United States. In addition to Native American cultures such as Navajo and Hopi, “Southwestern” culture is an amalgam of its own. Visitors come for experience such as traditional dance shows, Native American rock art viewing, and on-site exploration of adobe ruins. There’s a lot of history in the Southwest, and the areas peoples are doing a great job carrying on many ancestral traditions that can still be enjoyed today.
The American Southwest is one of the last untouched parts of the country. It’s big, it’s awe-inspiring, and it’s easy to see why so many people come visit this part of the country year after year! It’s no wonder luxury retreats are being developed from Arizona to Colorado, and fortunately, some of the best luxury getaways in the Southwest are already open for business.
Are you ready for your own Southwestern adventure? Ted Turner Expeditions is waiting. Offering three of the most unique privately-owned properties in the country for public exploration, TTX is an unparalleled resource for life-changing travel moments. Privately-led tours, world-class spa services, and outdoor recreation designed to inspire; it’s all here.
Contact the Ted Turner Expeditions team today to get started planning your own American getaway.