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A Modern Day Cowboy Trip Across the Southwest USA

It's always a good time to take to the road and experience a unique and diverse part of the U.S. The Southwest landscape from Texas through New Mexico, and Arizona, to Southern California. Enjoy these key stops starting in Fort Worth, Texas on I-20, and finishing in Goleta California on I-10.

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Fort Worth, Texas

Known as the city of cowboys and culture, and recently named the number one downtown in the United States, Fort Worth is the beginning end to your Southwest road trip. Experience life as an Urban Westerner at The Stockyards National Historic District by getting a taste of the true American West from the world's largest honky tonk Billy Bob's Texas, the world's only twice-daily cattle drive The Fort Worth Herd, rodeos at Stockyards Championship Rodeo, and the other numerous cowboy-themed events throughout the year. After touring the historic district, relax and soak in music performed at Panther Island Pavilion from a tube on the Trinity River with an ice cold beer in hand. After a day outside, visit all five of Fort Worth's museums from the Kimbell Art Museum to the Fort Worth Science Museum. The city offers a variety of food and beverage adventures, like the recently launch Fort Worth Ale Trail and Fit Worth's "bikeable bites."

Heading west I-20 joins up with I-10 shortly before the New Mexico border.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Your next stop on Route 10 is Las Cruces, the second largest city in New Mexico and an oasis at the junction of I-10 and 1-25. Get your chile fix at the Chile Pepper Institute, the Las Cruces Green Chile Trail and the Hatch Chile Festival. Try the Las Cruces "Walk of Flame" Green Chile Trail. The town celebrates all things chile -- even Green Chile Sundae (vanilla custard topped with green chile marmalade). The interactive New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum gives you a chance to learn the history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. Outside the city, take the opportunity to "white sand surf" at White Sands National Monument. After, enjoy the craft brews in the growing number of brewpubs. Learn more about other cities and towns in New Mexico.

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Central Arizona, the city of Scottsdale has unexpected Old West character. Spend the day at Arizona's Cowboy College learning ranching techniques such as roping and shoeing, or walk through the streets of the preserved 1800s gold mine town, Cave Creek. Experience the Southwestern art scene by exploring stunning twentieth-century architecture in the Sonoran Desert at Taliesin West, home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation or take a 60 minute self-guided walking tour of the 10 most celebrated public art works in downtown Scottsdale.

The Old Town is fun and funky, with a decidedly Old West flair. The RoadHouse Cinemas, Arizona's only locally-owned, first-run, dine-in movie theater offers a dinner menu and Arizona craft beers. And there's even more in Scottsdale to explore and experience.

Goleta, California

The road trip ends in Goleta, a small, coastal city with Western charm, located 15 minutes northwest of Santa Barbara. Horseback ride along the coastal Santa Ynez Mountains. Later, step off your horse and head down to the Old Spanish Days Fiesta to learn about Southern California's Native American, Spanish and Mexican history and traditions, as well as watch the Old Spanish Days Horse Show and PRCA Rodeo. Find even more quirky and cowboy events.

In the evening, wander to the Stow House's Music at the Ranch for live performances by local bands or grab a bite to eat at the original Habit Burger for a famous hamburger. Wrap up your stay with a stop at M Special Brewing Company to listen to live bands and grab dinner from one of the rotating food trucks the brewery hosts.

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August 6, 2016

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