Ready to turn up the heat? The Southwest is calling. Cowboys, cacti, canyons, mesas, green chile, art and Tex-Mex. This area of the country has a proud vibe all its own. Revel in the splendor of the Grand Canyon. Visit the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, featuring the world’s largest gathering of hot air balloons. Check out Kennedy Space Center in Houston, great music in Austin or the Alamo and Riverwalk in San Antonio. Or just meander along one of the most famous roads of all time: Route 66, the nation’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles.