U.S. 89 remains a vital link for Utah residents, for it leads to many of the state’s best-known scenic attractions and serves as Main Street for numerous small towns.
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It is not too soon to plan a leaf-peeping outing, as the show typically begins by the end of September. If you head for the high country first and explore lower elevations later, you can enjoy Utah’s autumn color through mid-November.
The Verde Canyon Railroad provides a scenic adventure through spectacular canyons in a wilderness area along the Verde River near Sedona, Ariz.
Set in a lovely valley between high, forested plateaus, historic Panguitch is central to many scenic and recreational attractions in Southern Utah. A hub for exploring state and national parks, national forests and scenic byways, Panguitch serves tourists and outdoor enthusiasts year-round.
Nestled along a creek near the base of the mountains, picturesque Lamoille retains much of its rural flavor, providing visitors with glimpses of the area’s pioneer ranching history.
Eureka has a lot of history behind it but is also a hub for its county’s residents.
As the site of a reliable water source in an arid region, Arizona’s Pipe Spring has a long history.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah features deep, vividly colored amphitheaters at the eroded eastern edge of a high, forested plateau, each filled with weirdly carved formations, arches and canyons.
One of the great scenic wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon attracts millions of visitors annually. Most of them don’t realize what they’re missing by exploring only the attractions along the canyon’s South Rim.
Utah’s old Cove Fort welcomes passersby with an open door to the past. A stopping point for overland travelers since the 1850s, the historical site has been painstakingly restored as a monument to pioneer resolve and spirit.
A picturesque mountain setting and a core full of 19th-century structures from its Comstock Lode glory days draw tourists to Virginia City, Nevada’s most famous mining boomtown.
Ghost towns are scattered all across Nevada. A few of them are still sparsely inhabited, but most are completely abandoned.
Orange-red sand dunes accented by tall ponderosa pines, pinyons and junipers create a striking and unusual landscape in Southern Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
The beautiful area offers picnicking, camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, biking and ATV trail riding in summer; splendid color and hunting in autumn; and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in winter.
About 350 miles from Las Vegas sits Fort Churchill, a remnant of Nevada’s turbulent years as a U.S. territory which figured prominently during the Civil War.
Nevada’s bed-and-breakfast inns invite guests to explore unique locations such as ghost towns, historic communities, urban districts or rural serenity.
Consistently winning notice as one of Nevada’s best rural attractions, the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely offers adventurous and instructive excursions into the state’s past. The Nevada Northern’s museum tours and train rides provide fun for visitors of all ages, including families, those seeking unique experiences and dedicated railroad buffs.
Because it has always had a few residents to watch over it during its down cycles, the ghost town retains a few original streets, where about 50 weathered wooden structures remain.
Springtime arrives swiftly in the little valley of Mountain Meadows in southwestern Utah. It paints the grassy fields with fresh green and splashes of bright wildflowers.
For many travelers following busy U.S. Highway 95 through Nevada, Tonopah is just a place to pause for a bite to eat and to gas up before pushing on to other destinations. But the former mining boomtown 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas deserves a closer look to experience its charm and explore its fascinating history.
Among the pleasures of living in Nevada are the huge expanses of open space surrounding our scattered cities and towns. Nevadans seeking downtime in the outdoors do not have to go far from home. Even in an urban area such as Las Vegas, dozens of recreational destinations wait to be explored, accessible within minutes.
After more than 60 years in operation, Bonnie Springs Ranch still draws crowds year-round. The privately owned dude ranch is minutes from Las Vegas, surrounded by the arresting scenery of the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Retracing historic Route 66 is an iconic road trip, variously scenic, nostalgic and quirky.
A beautiful destination for a cool-season excursion, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking, picnicking and wildlife watching. It encompasses 23,000 acres of desert uplands and streams, ponds, reservoirs and wetlands created by more than 50 springs, mostly warm water.
A resilient survivor of one of the last great gold-mining booms in the West, Beatty persists as a commercial center and transportation hub in sparsely populated Nye County.