The list could be almost infinite and that is, a trip out West in the United States is possibly one of the most desirable places to make a road trip. Sites you should never miss if you decide to rent a car in the US and jump on the road! As I always say, this is MY LIST and you may be missing places, but I can assure you that the items on this list do not leave anyone indifferent. Here now is the list of the best U.S. getaways out west
It doesn't need a presentation, but I can still tell you that for many photos, videos, movies or dreams you have had with this natural wonder, once you are there it will leave you standing. Its viewpoints in the southern area, trekking in its corners or flying over it by helicopter from Las Vegas, are all equally good options for the magnitude of this canyon to leave you absolutely impressed. It is probably the most essential place, for everything that surrounds it and for its greatness, on any trip along the West Coast of the United States.
Yosemite is another of those huge natural parks with which you find yourself on a trip to the American West Coast. Huge mountains, postcard lakes, and lush nature are the main features of this park, one of the most popular in the United States. My experience in him was fascinating. The views of the Captain in the great Yosemite Valley, the Bridalveil, Yosemite, Vernal or Nevada waterfalls and the majestic Half DomeThey are some of the natural wonders that await you in the park. And be careful with bringing food and it doesn't happen to you as we did, we had a little scare when we saw that two bears were following us in parallel about twenty meters away. Luckily, everything was in an anecdote !!
I had no idea of the existence of this place before stepping on it and it ended up being one of the most impressive points of the whole trip. It is located between the states of Utah and Arizona and is a great stop if you are visiting the most famous Monument Valley park, near the small town of Mexican Hat.
If you arrive at Goosenecks, what you find is a viewpoint that overlooks several canyons and meanders of the San Juan River (a tributary of the Colorado River). The views are sublime, of those that are recorded in memory. By the way, if you go in high season and you intend to stay in the area, you can already take it reserved because getting accommodation in towns like Mexican Hat, it will not be easy.
One of those places that seem taken from another planet. Thousands of stone columns, known as hoodoos, protrude from the ground forming a kind of forest of rock pinnacles that, combined with the colors of the American West sun, form a unique landscape. The hoodoos can reach up to 60 meters high and are the result of erosion caused by water over thousands of years. You can visit this park in a few hours, through the road that connects with the different viewpoints, some spectacular as the Sunrise, the Rainbow or the Inspiration. The start point is the Bryce Amphitheater, the area where the greatest number of hoodoos are concentrated and that can be seen from the Sunset viewpoint, one of the most impressive in Bryce Canyon. Of course, if you can approach this park, you will find very unusual landscapes!
What can be said that is no longer known about Las Vegas? Well, little thing, really. It may be the most artificial place you've ever been, but the city of entertainment par excellence is a real show on every corner. Giant hotels, light shows, casinos, parties and even incredible roller coasters within some hotels form an explosive mix that does not understand average terms; Do you like it or hate it? And I like it. It is curious to ride Venetian canals in The Venetian, enjoy the show of the Bellagio fountains as if you were Brad Pitt or freak out big when you ride the roller coaster in New York, New York and see that it is bigger than any mountain Russian you have met.
Bestial! As with the impressive Goosenecks, the landscape here is one that leaves you speechless and far exceeds any expectations. It is located in Arizona, near the town of Page, a city, by the way, perfect for stopping on a trip along the West Coast of the United States. It is reached after leaving the car in the parking lot and walking about a kilometer to reach the panoramic point. And there you are suddenly, more than 400 meters above the Colorado River and in front of one of its incredible turns. The visit time is very short since, there is nothing more than the viewpoint on the meander, but I assure you that, for many photos that you have seen of this place, it is unimaginable what you find in this sensational panoramic point of the Colorado River.
Every trip along the West Coast of the United States must include a stop in one of the redwood forests, those trees of gigantic dimensions and centuries-old that make one feel tremendously tiny. Some of the most important forests are in the vicinity of Yosemite Valley, for example, Mariposa Grove or the one we visit, Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, an open grove in which these majestic trees are the protagonists. Among the largest, there is one in which they even made a tunnel through the underpass!
The city of the bay is one of the main stops of the American West. The famous Golden Gate, Alcatraz prison, its streets of continuous ups and downs, the Fisherman's Wharf and its sea lion colony or the photogenic Lombard Street are some of the most popular attractions, but the truth is that San Francisco gives off glamor to each step and has room for everyone. Neither Los Angeles nor San Diego nor many others, San Francisco is without a doubt, the most essential city to see on the West Coast of the United States.
A great desert in the middle of the West Coast, that is, neither more nor less than the Death Valley. And it is called that among other things because, it has the world record for the highest temperature ever recorded, arriving in 1913 at 56.7 °C !! At more than 45 ºC he received us in the middle of August and after crossing an infinite road that goes into the desert. Death Valley is one of the places with the most records in the United States: the hottest place, the driest and also the lowest, as indicated by the Badwater Basin, a salt basin 86 meters below sea level that makes you feel in the middle of a white ocean. It is an extreme place and that is why it is advisable to arrive early in the morning, when the heat does not squeeze so much and you can make some small excursions Some of the most impressive places are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the Devils Golf Course, the impressive Artist's Palette, Zabriskie Point or Dante's View, one of the park's most famous viewpoints.
What do you think about our list of the best US getaways out west? Will you be hitting any of these spots? Do they make your bucket list?