Top 12 Tourist Destinations of the West

From the neon lights of Las Vegas and hot celebrities of Los Angeles to the rich natural wonders of Canyonlands, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon, western United States offers a lot of things that can virtually interest each traveler. However, this is an extremely huge area that cannot be visited easily in a couple of days, weeks, or even months.

The west continent of the United States has 2 regions – the Mountain states and the Pacific states. You can visit Colorado, Montano, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Idaho in the Mountain states. On the Pacific state, you can visit Oregon, Washington, and California. Those who loves adventures can go straight ahead to the Rockies so that they can hit the famed slopes. On the other hand, if you are a traveler who is looking for the best spot for relaxation, you can visit the sunny California and have some wine-tasting in Sonoma.

The amazing Pacific, from Seattle to San Diego, is most traveler’s favorite destination alongside the coastal cities of California. Also, the West has a lot of gems that are too many to list. But luckily, my buddy from garage door repair in Little Rock and I have managed to gather the top 12 tourist destinations that you should visit in the West.

1. Las Vegas

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The people who visit Las Vegas get to be lucky. From the casino buzz to the glamour of bars, nightlife, and hotels, Las Vegas surely gives abundant opportunities so that you will have luck in love, money, or may get into a blockbuster show! Thus, going here will surely give you a shot if you are a risk-taker traveler.

If you find the city’s excitement to be too much already, you can go straight ahead to the remarkable canyons of Red Rock which is just a 30-min drive from the main strip of the city.

2. San Francisco

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The place where a lot of people have left their hearts in is San Francisco. And that has a good reason within. From Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park to Ferry Building Marketplace, Mission District, Lombard Street, and Embarcadero, all of these will surely captivate you. Plus, San Francisco is also a foodie heaven, whatever your taste preference may be.

3. Pacific Coast Highway

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Also known as the California Route 1, this is known as one of the world’s top road trips. It winds along the coast of California for 656 miles from the north’s Leggett to the south’s Dana Point. This route’s most traveled part lies in between Carmel and Monterey along Big Sur and California’s Central Coast to San Luis Obisbo.

The view that tourists get to see from the highway down the Pacific’s stiff cliffs is truly a legend. Spend a couple of days in Carmel and Monterey, visit the famed Pebble Beach Road, and then you can now start with your unforgettable journey.

4. Route 66

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Route 66 has been immortalized on TV shows, songs, and in legends. Route 66 was one of U.S’ first highway system which dates back in 1926. This entire route was replaced eventually by interstate highways, hence now has been strictly for tourists. Moreover, this is now called the Historic Route 66. It begins in Chicago and stops in Los Angeles.

5. California Wine Country

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Napa and Sonoma counties are the 2 most popular parts of the California Wine Country and these are less than 50-miles the north of San Francisco. Visiting here is a perfect daytrip plan or for longer and peaceful getaways. You get to stay in a land of valleys, mountains, forests, and vineyards. Explore along the two-lane roads of this place and adore the scenery while searching out for wineries.

Allot some time in visiting some Wine Country towns like Healdsburg, Napa St., Sonoma, Calistoga, Petaluma, Yountville, and Helena. All of these towns have fascinating boutique hotels that has bed-and-breakfasts with amazing restaurants which will surely make a remarkable stay.

6. Santa Barbara

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The mountains that form the pillar of Santa Barbara’s amazing setting is the Santa Inez Mountains. This stretches from the west to Pacific. The downtown of Santa Barbara is famous for the white stucco buildings that have red-tiled roofs, if you have little knowledge about it, you will think that you are in Spain.

The things that you should not miss when you visit here is their Mission Santa Barbara (1786) and Mission-style train station. Also, their boutiques and pleasing places where you can grab a bite are some things that you should not miss too!

7. Los Angeles

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Known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles has a lot of attractions to offer that it will require a very long stay for one to scratch its surface. For almost everybody, their top destination here is Disneyland and the legendary Hollywood since these are both fantasies of various kinds.

Dig deeper here and get to discover Los Angeles’ birthplace – San Gabriel Mission District. Also, you can visit Santa Monica where you can visit 2 world-class museums, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Getty. When you drive all the way to the south, down to the coast of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, you get to experience the real and amazing Pacific Ocean.

8. San Diego

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This is found at the south of Los Angeles, just 120 miles away. And this drive will take you to a city with beautiful coastlines, parks, and desirable climate. When you get here, do not forget to check out La Jolla Cove, Balboa Park, and Coronado Island.

9. Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park in California will enchant you with its paradise of waterfalls, valleys, meadows, granite peaks, and Mariposa Grove or Giant Sequoias –ancient sequoias stands. During winter, most area of the park is not accessible. So, you might want to check their website first before your visit.

10. Lake Tahoe

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You can find Lake Tahoe at the top of California-Nevada’s state line which is high in Sierra Nevada Mountains. During winter, this becomes a big ski destination. Meanwhile during summertime, the lake draws tourists who wish to indulge in water recreation that elevates at 6,225 feet. The quiet High Sierras surrounds this lake. If you are not boating or skiing, you can try to check out the shops and restaurants in Lake Tahoe. If not, you can play a quick round of golf in the world-class courses of Tahoe.

11. Santa Fe

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In Sangre de Christo Mountains in the northern part of Mexico, you will find their sparkling gem – Santa Fe. The Spaniards found this in 1610. Around the plaza, its adobe architecture radiates history along with their curving, old residential streets. Santa Fe was named as the Destination of the Year by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2018. And the reason behind this is their vibrant culinary and arts scene along with their history and setting.

12. Grand Canyon

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Located in the northern part of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is simply overwhelming. It’s grandeur and scope are breathtaking and it follows the 277 miles river of Colorado. This canyon belongs to the 7 natural wonders of the world because of its spectacular colors and the canyon’s eroded rock formations.

Its South Rim remains open throughout the year however, its North Rim is close during winter. Seeing this canyon even once in your life is a must!