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Painted desert - you have to catch this desert at sunset for the colors.  Otherwise it looks like any other desert.

Rainbow Vista at Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, Nevada, USA Fire Wave Wonder by Brent McGuirt Photography

Arizona's Painted Desert lives up to its name, but it's only one small part of an ochre stretch of the Southwest—one of our favorite drives in the entire country. On a cross-country trip, there's a leisurely way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon's South Rim that passes by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation, and (finally) the Painted Desert

14 Greatest American Road Trips

With summer gas prices expected to hit a low, there’s no better time to take a classic American road trip. Here are our ten favorite road trip itineraries, including where to stop, where to stay, and what you’ll see along the way.

Sunset drive through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest with kids in Arizona

Sunset drive through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest is a blip on the map when it comes to Arizona's natural wonders but it is a must stop, especially at sunset for anyone looking for a sight that will make them say WOW.

Seven Things to Do in Petrified Forest National Park located in Arizona, Travel the park road to see sites including Historic Route 66, Desert Views, Blue Bentonite Mesas, petrified wood, petrified logs, petroglyphs and the Painted Desert Inn.

Seven things to do in Petrified Forest National Park is located in Arizona, Travel the park road to see sites including Historic Route 66

Painted Desert Arizona | Painted Desert.    None of these photos give the desert any justice there's nothing like it in this world...

Arizona's Painted Desert

Arizona’s Painted Desert is a stretch of barren badlands about 26 miles east of Holbrook on Interstate Barren and austere perhaps, but it’s panorama of rainbow colors will take your breath away.

Arizona's prettiest hidden gem just might be Blue Canyon- Hopi Nation Land. Must arrange for a guide. Hopi Tourism office.

Arizona's prettiest hidden gem just might be Blue Canyon

*ARIZONA ~ prettiest hidden gem just might be Blue Canyon- Hopi Nation Land. Must arrange for a guide.

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Get ahead of the trend this fall with this one-of-a-kind handpainted jean jacket. Depicted is a beautiful desert night overlooking a highway

Painted Desert, Arizona    The Kent family vacation to the Grand Canyon, Painted desert and Sedona..beautiful

Painted Desert, Arizona The Kent family vacation to the Grand Canyon, Painted desert and Sedona.

Painted Desert within the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona; photo by David Waldo

Only a couple miles off and a years aways. Painted Desert within the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona; photo by David Waldo

Painted Desert - Petrified Forest National Park - Lantern Press Poster

Painted Desert - Petrified Forest National Park - Lantern Press Poster Always thought this would be the most amazing place to see when I was a kid.