The American Wild West is featured so often in Hollywood films and on TV that many of us feel like we know it very well – the cowboys, the gun fights, the drinking establishments, the horses and wagons…The Wild West was so named for the lawlessness of the untamed territories west of the Mississippi River in the late 19th century. The ‘Old West’ was famous for cowboys, native Indians, pioneers, gamblers, outlaws, gangs and gunfighters. Famous people of the Wild West include Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Frank and Jesse James and the Clanton gang. And until this day the obsession with the Wild West remains strong. For many people it is an important reason for wanting to travel to the USA. Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming and Utah receive countless tourists each year looking for that Wild West travel experience. So, if you thought your childhood dreams of being a cowboy were now impossible, then think again! These are five places you need to add to your bucket list if you love the idea of experiencing the Wild, Wild West: Exploring the Grand Canyon in Arizona will make you feel like you’re an actual cowboy or cowgirl, as it’s an iconic spot used heavily in the western movie genre. Hiking through Grand Canyon’s massive expanse of gorges, ridges and rock formations is definitely something you will remember forever. Whilst there, you can live your Old West dream and try your hand at horse riding. Visit nearby Horseshoe Bend, one of the most photographed areas on the Colorado River, and an absolutely incredible sight. Or travel east to take a backroads tour of Monument Valley with a Navajo guide when you book your trip with a specialist tour operator like Grand American Adventures. Drive North into Utah to find the towering stone structures in Arches National Park which are so incredibly photogenic. Don your best cowboy boots and visit the Old West towns in New Mexico. With plenty of hiking opportunities, picturesque foothills and old mining pits, any Wild West enthusiast could spend days exploring this part of the USA. Its past reputation as a lawless state means that many notorious Wild West legends lived and died in New Mexico: Billy the Kid was killed and buried in Fort Sumner and train robber Black Jack Ketchum was accidentally decapitated in a hanging-gone-wrong in Clayton.
The American Wild West
by John Waco Jr August. 07, 2018 256 views
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