Breathtaking Sites of the American West
The Real Appeal of the American West
Every region of the U.S. offers its own unique brand of American excitement, and those travelling through the 50 states will be treated to a host of experiences they could never find elsewhere in the globe. Those heading through to the American West, however, best prepare for a multi-sensory treat, as this particular region is rife with endless possibilities and rich experiences.
For example, many head out to California simply to drive their way up the Pacific Coast and enjoy the various attractions and sites along the way. Not only is this wonderful state home to so many beautiful beaches and delicious food, but it’s also a hotspot for technological development. While Southern California has some of the most amazing beaches in the country, Northern California is home to the famous Silicon Valley, where the world’s top tech companies converge.
Let’s not forget that California is also home to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – one of the oldest airports in the world, described by Parking for Less as having a rather illustrious history, even being used by the military in WW2. LAX is the third busiest airport in the whole U.S., servicing upwards of 66 million passengers in 2013. In and around LAX, tourists can find a variety of different natural parks, piers, and even shopping centres to lose themselves in.
There are dozens of other popular cultural draws and attractions to the American West as well, from the food and craft beer scene in Denver, to the vibrant sports scene in Seattle, etc. But the real value of a trip out west is in seeing some of the beautiful national parks and nature preserves in the region. Here’s a look at some of the most spectacular sites and destinations:
Zion National Park
Somewhat overshadowed by the more famous Grand Canyon in the American southwest, Zion National Park in Utah is best known for the breathtaking Angel’s Landing hike.
Also in Utah, Bryce Canyon is incredible to explore. Its bright orange rock formations form dramatic surroundings as visitors hike or ride horses down into the canyon.
Olympic National Park
Officially created by President Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s, Olympic National Park hosts an incredible variety of nature, from its own Pacific coastline, to towering mountains and even a temperate rainforest.
Crater Lake National Park
The only national park in Oregon, its main attraction is Crater Lake itself, which is the deepest lake in the U.S., and incredible to behold.
Yosemite National Park
Arguably the most famous national park in the United States, Yosemite has earned its reputation through incomparable beauty.
Located high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe makes for a beautiful warm weather destination, and is also home to some wonderful skiing in the winter.
The Colorado Rocky Mountains, specifically in the Aspen area, are not only for skiing. As is the case with Lake Tahoe, they also make incredible hiking destinations in warm weather seasons.
Wow, the American West is AWESOME. I really hope I can visit all of them whilst I’m in the USA. My Bucket List grows longer by the day! 🙂
You quit driving north when you hit Frisco, it only gets better the farther north you go, and less crowded too.
Thank you for the wonderful mentions or our western national parks. Please don’t miss those while you’re here (your son will love them).