Travel – American Splendor

PARKS & RECREATION plus a bit of History.

Here are two miracles of nature that I highly recommend visiting not only for the breathless beauty of their rugged landscapes which makes for great hiking, but for the spiritual connection.

Arches National Park, Utahparks2

300 million years of patient erosion has resulted in unbelievably dramatic landscapes.  Here you will find the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches. This National Park is a red, arid desert, punctuated with oddly eroded sandstone forms, balanced rocks, and arches. The 73,000-acre region has over 2,000 of these “miracles of nature.”

Monument Valley, Arizona.


Look familiar?  You’ve seen it many times in many westerns (John Wayne spent a lot of time filming here).

Monument Valley provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West.

from photo shoot Bazaar Magazine
from photo shoot Bazaar Magazine

One of the grandest – and most photographed  landmarks (just look at these two magazine pages) in the United States, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a sprawling, sandy preserve that spans the border between Arizona and Utah, bathing the region in rich red hues.

Dominated by crimson mesas and surreal sandstone towers – some as tall as 1,000 feet – the area is also known for dramatic, mesmerizing lighting, with the sun illuminating the towers and casting long shadows on the valley floor.

Bazaar Magazine
Bazaar Magazine

Alamo, *San Antonio, Texas


Located in the heart of one of the Nations top 10 largest cities, the Alamo is a must-see.  In 1960, the story of the Alamo became bigger than life when John Wayne starred as Davy Crockett in a movie about the battle.

The History of the Alamo – a timeline:

The March 6, 1836 Battle of the Alamo was preceded by many battles between the newly arrived Texas colonists, called Texians, and the Mexican military. Texas was Mexican territory, following Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821, and the settlers arriving from the United States wanted their independence from Mexico. But the story of the Alamo itself began more than 100 years earlier.  Find out more at:

*San Antonio has a lot of other things going for it besides “the Alamo.”  It has a happening music scene, art museum and the beautiful River Walk with a host of attractions like restaurants, shops and hotels.

SourcesArches National Park

Monument Valley, Arizona

Photos: d. king





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