What's the best way to see the south-west USA?

Should we fly from city to city, or hire a car in Texas and drive west?

MY PARTNER AND I ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES IN JULY FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS. APART FROM NEW YORK WE WANT TO FOCUS ON THE SOUTH-WEST. IS OUR BEST (MOST ECONOMICAL) OPTION TO FLY TO SEVERAL DIFFERENT CITIES AND EXPLORE EACH FOR A FEW DAYS OR HIRE A CAR IN SAY, TEXAS, AND DRIVE WEST?

R. NOONAN, KENSINGTON

The reason most travellers visit south-western US is the region's natural wonders. The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley are just some of the places that leave words panting for breath and to experience them you need a car. The cities of the region are for the most part staggeringly dull. Unless you have a compelling reason to start your travels in Texas, there are other cities that might be better places to start, such as Denver, Colorado or Albuquerque in New Mexico.

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