In Monument Valley, there's finally a hotel as sublime as the landscape. The Navajo-run View is hip and family friendly, and did we mention the scenery?
By Mark Vanhoenacker
No traveler's wanderings across the U.S. are complete without a trip to this isolated plateau. The shimmering red-rock buttes rising from the mile-high valley floor form a skyline as unique and memorable as that of Manhattan. And just like New York, images of Monument Valley stand at the center of American iconography and culture.
The Grand Canyon? Maybe, but that says "West" to me, not "Wild" or "Old." No, an image of the Mitten Buttes of Monument Valley is probably the best one to choose.
We could prove this with a national or international test. Take a dozen photos of the American West, including one of Monument Valley, and show them to people. Ask them to pick one they think is the American West. See which photo gets chosen most often.
For more on the subject, see Navajo View Hotel Opens and Monument Valley Lore.