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What are some popular locations for getaways in the Southwest?

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Popular destinations in the Southwest include Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Flagstaff and Phoenix. National parks that make stunning getaways include the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, with the Navajo Tribal Park's Monument Valley as another option.

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In Nevada, tourists can visit Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe. Both offer fun and excitement for families, couples and groups of friends, including restaurants, casinos, shows and outdoor adventures. Las Vegas features an international airport, making it a popular starting point for a vacation in the Southwest. Drive from the city to Utah to experience the natural wonder of Zion National Park or Bryce Cannon. Both are about two hours from Las Vegas and an hour apart from each other.

Arizona also offers an array of exciting destination choices. Flagstaff and Phoenix both offer restaurants and shopping. Flagstaff is only 80 miles from the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Phoenix's mild winters make it a popular travel spot, and it is home to the PGA's TPC Scottsdale golf course. Also located in Arizona, Monument Valley takes visitors into Utah to access the park, then back into the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon state.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, ranked as the United States' third most popular vacation destination by Conde Nast, offers skiing, golfing, art galleries and casinos to delight visitors. The city is a rich combination of culture and natural beauty, with historical locations such as the ancient Sky City of Acoma Pueblo within a short drive.

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