Desert days: my favourite US landscapes

Much as I loved the coastal cities, when it comes to natural beauty, the Southwest blew my mind. I love a good desert landscape, and you guys did not disappoint. I can’t decide whether I love New Mexico’s white sands or Arizona’s red deserts more! Here’s some of my favourite shots from the region.

There’s the red rocks of Sedona…

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The can’t-quite-believe-what-I’m-seeing painted cliffs…



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That big ol’ hole in the ground, the Grand Canyon

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And the surreally blinding White Sands. I can’t believe entry is only three bucks.

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5 thoughts on “Desert days: my favourite US landscapes

  • Reply Miranda November 26, 2013 at 08:46

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to the Southwest. If you even make it back, I suggest you go to Bryce Canyon in Utah. It’s at the north end of what is known as the Grand Staircase (which includes the Grand Canyon) and it’s stunning.

  • Reply Michelle November 26, 2013 at 14:49

    Love your pictures! I have actually never stopped anywhere in the Southwest (just layovers or flying over), and your post definitely makes me want to 🙂 We’re hoping for a trip to the Grand Canyon within the next year.

  • Reply Linda November 27, 2013 at 09:26

    I’ve never made it to White Sands, but I love New Mexico! A visit to Big Bend National Park in Texas is also on my travel list. It’s supposed to have stunning desert vistas.

  • Reply Michelle November 27, 2013 at 15:35

    I love these pictures!!! I have to get to White Sands. Btw, Southern Colorado also has Sand Dunes National Park-super cool. And, you can wrestle alligators there.

  • Reply Megan February 13, 2014 at 22:41

    such stunning photos!!! this was my favorite scenery in the US too 🙂

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