The western United States offers something for every traveler. But this is a huge area, and it cannot be toured in just a week or two. So I have hand-picked five interesting places to visit in the west.
Located in Arizona, Sedona is a small town known for its unmatched beauty and serene setting. It is known for the vibrant art community and there are more than 100 art galleries. World famous events, such as the Sedona Jazz Festival and Sedona Arts Festival, are also held here. There are enough opportunities for outdoor adventures such as hiking, off-roading, and biking. Major attractions are Chapel of the Holy Cross, Oak Creek Country Club, and Sycamore Canyon Scenic Loop. Finding a good cheap accommodation in Sedona is not a problem.
Bend is a small county in Central Oregon, located between Maury Mountains and Cascade. It is a popular tourist destination visited in both summer and winter. There are lots of interesting places to see, and the best way to move around is to rent a bicycle. It is an economical and convenient mode of transportation. Check out the Deschutes River, Smith Rock, and High Desert Museum.
Big Bear Lake
Big Bear Lake is in the middle of San Bernardino National Forest in California. If you are going by car, then you need to buy an Adventure Pass so that you can park your car in the forest premises. The city is very clean, and the roads remain free from snow even during the winter. There are a huge number of hiking and biking trails for public use. You can use canoes, jet skis, boats, and other kinds of water vehicles on the lake. Big Bear Discovery Center is a must visit place.
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Napa Valley, California is the primary wine growing region in the United States and one of the major wine growing regions in the world! There are a great number of cafés and gourmet restaurants here. More than 3 million visitors come to Napa Valley every year, and the summer weekends really get crowded. There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa Valley. Take a wine tasting tour via the Napa Valley Wine Train. The area is one of the safest places in the country.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest state capital in the country, and the one at the highest elevation above sea level. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the country because of its scenic beauty, cultural diversity, and the variety of music, arts, and fine dining. Santa Fe is a small town that is perfectly walkable, particularly in the summer when the tourists stay out until late. There are loads of attractions here but the ones that deserve special mention are New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art, St Francis Cathedral, and the state capitol building. Don’t forget to visit the Tesuque Flea Market to pick up things and souvenirs at dirt cheap rates.