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You did it. You got vaccinated, and you instantly feel that sweet sense of relief. Yeah, things are looking up. Take your newfound confidence after a long year of not traveling and head out on an adventure to one of these four cool places in the Four Corners Region, guilt-free.

Lake Powell

Get out on the water at Lake Powell, the second-largest human-made lake in North America that lies in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Bring or rent a SUP for an afternoon paddle or multi-day excursion. Explore sandy beaches, beautiful amber rock gorges, and sandstone formations. Stay at one of the many lodging experiences offered at Lake Powell, including house rentals, Lake Powell Resort, or even a one-of-a-kind houseboating experience. Endless sunshine. Warm water. Ideal temperatures. You’ll love every minute at this wondrous natural playground.

Durango & Silverton Railroad

Known for its unbelievable landscape views, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad takes you on an amazing 3.5-hour journey along the Animas River Gorge, all while taking in the Rocky Mountain scenery. Plant your roots for the night in Durango, Colorado, at the legendary Strater Hotel, built in 1887. End your evening at Ska Brewing Co., one of the small town’s top craft beer destinations. Bottoms up!

Arches National Park

A wonderland of red rocks and blue sky, Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, should be on everyone’s must-see list. Feel like you're in another world upon your visit to the park, with over 2,000 natural stone arches, towers, pinnacles, and rocks. In addition to the dream-like landscape, there’s plenty of options for hiking, stargazing, and camping nearby. Whether you choose to camp or stay in a resort, lodging options are plentiful.

Taos, New Mexico

Situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos, New Mexico, boasts an impressive arts scene and a rich cultural heritage – hence the nickname “Soul of the Southwest.” Head to Taos for some serious outdoor activities during the summer, including rock climbing, ballooning, even llama trekking. From the Rio Grande Gorge to the Rocky Mountain landscape, you’ll feel far away from the every day in Taos.

Things are looking up, and we’ve never been this eager to travel. Explore close to home in the Four Corners with a visit to one of these four cool places this summer.

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