United States

Western USA

Landscapes and legends

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From California to the Canadian border, Western USA is the place to experience America’s great outdoors. The west coast sprawls over more than 1,000 miles of pristine coastline, with surfing, sailing and swimming all on offer. Inland, the Western USA is home to some awe-inspiring national parks, including geysers at Yellowstone, rock-climbing and mountaineering in the Rocky Mountains, and the vast landscapes of the Grand Canyon.

The cities of Western USA offer travellers distinct personas. There’s brash, celebrity-filled Los Angeles; the boho-tech bro-filled San Franciso; arty, home-spun Seattle; the make-believe neon playground of Las Vegas and everything in-between. However, there are also tiny seafront villages offering spectacular seafood and mountain hideouts with views to die for. Western USA experiences come in many guises.

Wherever you end up, you’re guaranteed some of the best food in the entire USA. From fish tacos and Mexican specialities in California to wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, food in Western USA is as diverse as its landscapes. And that’s before you even think about the world-famous wines of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the plentiful microbreweries that are popping up.

So head out to America’s wild west for a taste of the everything the USA has to offer – you’ll have a whale of a time.

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Discover the American West

A route combining top cities and wilderness attractions
Approx. 15 days
Los Angeles (1 days) → San Diego (1) → Palm Springs (1) → Sedona (1) → Grand Canyon (1) → Monument Valley (1) → Lake Powell (1) → Bryce Canyon (1) → Zion National Park (1) → Western USA (1) → Mammoth Lakes (1) → Yosemite National Park (1) → San Francisco (1) → Monterey Peninsula (1) → Santa Barbara (1)
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Self-drive California

A scenic coastal route
Approx. 12 days
San Francisco (3 days) → Monterey Peninsula (3) → Los Angeles (1) → Las Vegas (2) → Grand Canyon (1) → San Diego (2)
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The best of the American west

A route to the top natural and historic attractions
Approx. 12 days
Los Angeles (1 days) → Palm Springs (1) → Sedona (1) → Grand Canyon (1) → Monument Valley (1) → Lake Powell (1) → Bryce Canyon (1) → Zion National Park (1) → Las Vegas (1) → Mammoth Lakes (1) → Yosemite National Park (1) → San Francisco (1)
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Tour northern California

For the more active traveller
Approx. 10 days
San Francisco (3 days) → Yosemite National Park (3) → Lake Tahoe (3) → Sacramento (1)
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Wine lovers’ California

A grand tour of California’s wine region
Approx. 8 days
San Francisco (3 days) → Napa Valley (4) → San Francisco (1)
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Things to do in Western USA

Our recommended experiences and activities

Live it large in Las Vegas
Western USA

Live it large in Las Vegas

Spend a day or two discovering the grandeur of Las Vegas and its famously flamboyant attractions. Stroll along the Strip, visit casinos, enjoy a Broadway-type, and relax at one of the popular restaurants and bars with city-scape views, such as Top of the World at The Stratosphere or Skybar at the Waldorf Astoria.

Enroute from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Western USA

Enroute from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

Travel 280 miles east through the Mojave Desert until you reach the gambling capital of the world--once a quiet Mormon settlement in the desert. A little off route, but well worth a visit, is the ghost town of Calico.

Where to go in Western USA

Our recommended places

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