Los Angeles – West Coast
California’s official nickname is the Golden State, referring the discovery of gold around 1849. Its numerous natural and man-made attractions are drawing visitors. From the surf of the southern beaches in San Diego to the art and cuisine of San Francisco, from the celebrity spotting in Los Angeles to the vast deserts and towering ancient Redwood trees, everyone is bound to find something likeable. California is home to the highest – Mount Whitney – and lowest – Badwater, Death Valley – points in the contiguous United States. In California you’ll find the largest living things on earth the giant Sequoia, as well as the oldest living things on earth – Bristlecone Pine – and the tallest living things on earth – Coast Redwood. California’s has nine National Parks, most of any state, among them Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua, and Redwood.
Experience the most impressive natural beauty of the USA in the American Southwest, fascinating natural spectacles, pulsating metropolises and an unprecedented feeling of vastness and freedom. The region is known for its arid deserts, red rock landscapes, rugged mountains, and natural wonder. The diversity of people who have lived and moved to the Southwest give it a distinctive culture and. Arizona is known for its Native American culture of the Navajo and others and breathtaking landscapes, including the Grand Canyon.
Nevada consists mostly of sparsely populated desert and wilderness but also includes scenic Lake Tahoe and the glittering, extravagant city of Las Vegas.
New Mexico is the sometimes forgotten jewel of the Southwest, with scenic landscapes, a major fine arts scene in Taos and Santa Fe, and a strong Spanish-speaking culture.
Utah is famous for its extensive national parks such as Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands and year-round outdoor activities.
The Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest stretches from Washington state to the southern Oregon border and is a very diverse region including rugged coastlines, unique sand dunes, sparkling streams, huge rivers, wide deserts, as well as dramatic mountains. The Columbia Gorge Scenic drive and its waterfalls follows along the mighty Columbia River, which is the natural boundary between Oregon & Washington.
Main cities to explore are Seattle in Washington and Portland in Oregon. Numerous National Park dot both states. The iconic, often snow-covered Mount Rainier, towers over western Washington, while the Olympic National Park, North America’s only rainforest, features landscapes from lush canopy of rainforests to sandy beaches and rugged, glacier-capped mountains.
While this is a state entirely made up of islands, only 7 of its 132 islands are inhabited and 6 are most frequented by vacationers: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii (also known as the Big Island).
Each island has unique geography and sightseeing opportunities; many beaches are filled with white sand, while others have green, red, pink, and even black volcanic sand. Whether you like hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, swimming, or just sitting on the beach, Hawaii has it all. Travel towards the centers of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai where you can hike through dense tropical rain forests and experience stunning waterfalls. Dive in the waters and snorkel near Hawaii’s coral reefs to see the colorful underwater fauna. On Hawaii Island, walk on an active volcano or explore the unique Hawaiian culture, traditions, and food.
Stretching from the Canadian Rockies in Alberta all the way to Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean this region is rugged, culturally diverse, and full of adventures and offers many other attractions.
Alberta – Calgary, Alberta’s largest city it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive yearly rodeo and festival. The province has many majestic peaks, including Mount Columbia, which is the second tallest peak of the Canadian Rockies. Turquoise-green lakes and seemingly endless forests, Alberta surpasses the classic postcard panorama of Western Canada. At Banff National Park take in the gorgeous scenery, walk, cycle or drive past lakes and glaciers, bighorn sheep and bears.
British Columbia – From the Rocky Mountains and the Selkirk Mountains in the west, to the lakes and wine landscapes of the Okanagan Valley, accounting for more than 80 percent of BC’s wine production, to the enchanting Sunshine Coast with its fjords and inlets – the diversity of British Columbia will enchant anyone.
Vancouver, is one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities known for its art, theater, and music scenes. Museums, an aquarium, beautiful hikes, local markets, and live music add to the bustling culture of British Columbia.