Your summer hit list: Top 5 destinations to explore in the Western U.S
The Western United States is an incredible playground where you can get a little off the beaten path and explore!
With so many marvelous destinations to pick from, we decided to simplify it for you and strictly focus on all the beauty the Pacific and Mountain time zones have to offer. Let’s go!
- Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City is teeming with possibilities! Conveniently nestled in The Wasatch Mountain range, Salt Lake is home to four world-renowned ski resorts making it the perfect spot for hiking, biking, camping, climbing and just getting off the grid.
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- Angels’ Landing: This is the most popular hike in Zion National Park. With its narrow ridges, chain-assisted rock scrambling sections, and stunning views, it really is a thrilling hike that should make everyone's top 10 bucket list.
- Moab: Home to the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab is surrounded by some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. With picturesque scenery and charming local hospitality, Moab is an absolute magnet for adventurers and backcountry wanderers alike.
- Lake Tahoe, California
Known for its beaches and ski resorts, Lake Tahoe straddles the state lines of Nevada and California and is quite the hot spot for year-round nature lovers. Summer brings out all of the water toys on everything from sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks to epic boating days. With lakefront towns to the pristine backdrop of the breathtaking mountain range, Lake Tahoe is a bucket-list essential!
- Phoenix, Arizona
With a super sunny climate, world-class golf courses, and a robust art and culture scene, Arizona is an overlooked summer gem that virtually has no end to vacation possibilities. While Phoenix is the well-known hot spot with its high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs, there's a few other hidden gems in the desert you might not have thought about.
Mesa: Considered to be a blend of the Old West and Native culture, Mesa is booming with golf, natural history museums and national parks. Don't sleep on Mesa!
Scottsdale: It doesn't have the same reputation as a summer getaway as places like California or Florida, but this Arizona city has a bustling night life, loaded with plenty of cultural opportunities, and a climate to rival even the sunniest beach towns.
- Las Vegas, Nevada
With big-ticket fight nights, bright casino lights, and virtually every type of entertainment you can think of, the city that doesn’t sleep lives up to its name in spades! Hit the epic pool party scene, cool museums, cirque du soleil shows, fine dining, outdoor adventures and the greatest romantic spots ever - the Vegas experience literally has something for everyone.
Seriously, we could go on forever with this place!
- Portland, Oregon
Portland has their unofficial slogan of “Keep Portland Weird”, which literally embodies the lifestyle and culture around the city – so you know it will be overflowing with fun. Although it is also a big, urban city, Portland features a whole new perspective in city living and authenticity with its relaxed lifestyle.
If you’re struggling with ideas on where to explore this summer, this roadmap should kickstart your summer epicness – and we can help get you there in style!