Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & West States

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #165, Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & Western States, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & Western States

In “Ultimate Extravagant USA Road Trip IV: Southwest & West States,” Episode, #165, Meredith Curtis becomes your tour guide on a road trip through 10 states and two tribal nations in the Southwest and West region of the country. You will see some breathtaking views and meet some wild west heroes. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your camera and extra water—we’ll spend a lot of time driving—there’s a lot of miles to cover in this wide-open country! This is the fourth in our series of USA road trips—traveling is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! Today, I’m your tour guide. Ready for a whirlwind trip through the the Southwest & West?

Spanish & Native American Influence.

Cherokee Nation

Trail of Tears—from NC to OK. Cherokee Heritage Center

Native lands, reservations, Trail of Tears, Native populations

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City: Underground, capital, National Cowboy Hall of Fame

Capital, capitol, city planning, oil refining, stockyards, cattle ranches

Texas

Culture of Texas, The Alamo

Spanish influence in Southwest, forts, missions, Texas indepence, wars, Texas statehood, landscape

New Mexico

Culture of New Mexico, Santa Fe, San Miguel Chapel, Pueblos

Native Americans, Pueblo homes, Spanish missions, oldest capital city in USA, landforms

Four Corners

Navajo Nation, Four Corners

Territories to states, boundary lines, desert, mountains, landmarks, Native tribes

Arizona

Desert, Grand Canyon

Desert, saguaro cactus, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, canyons, cliffs, rock formations, living in a desert

Colorado

Mountains, Ski Resorts

Colorado mountains, snow line, mountain safety, mountain recreation, valleys, mesas, forests, canyons, plateaus, lakes, rivers

Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, National Parks

Red sandstone cliffs, arches, rock formations, mountains, desert, salt flats, salt lake, mining salt

Nevada

Silver, Kit Carson, Carson City, Virginia City

Silver and gold mining, mining towns, ghost towns, Kit Carson, mountain men, capital, capitol, desert

Wyoming

Cowboys, Rodeos, Native Americans, Yellowstone National Park

Cattle ranching, rodeos, Native Americans, tribal land, national parks, mountains, plains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, geysers

Montana

Fourth largest state, mining, copper mining, Ringing Rocks

Forests, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, valleys, farming, cattle ranching, mining boom towns, ghost towns, ski resorts

Idaho

Potato farming, farming, ranching, gems, birthplace of TV, Lava Hot Springs

Hot springs, farming, ranching, gem mining, westward trails, rivers, white water rafting, resort towns

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