Though it only covers a handful of states, the Southwest packs a big punch. Travel more than 1,300 miles of Route 66 and see some of the most iconic roadside attractions in the country—from the Blue Whale of Catoosa to Cadillac Ranch to the Blue Swallow Motel. Visit the largest state in the contiguous U.S. (Texas) or the country’s largest canyon (the Grand Canyon). The Southwest is also home to many Indigenous tribes, whose heritage is present throughout the region.
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