The West has a reputation for being rugged, bold and, dare we say, wild. The magical and sometimes bizarre landscapes here inspire awe and range from rolling fields and prairies to high-rising rock arches and jagged cliffs with tumbling waterfalls. Outdoor adventure rules the day here with hiking, biking, kayaking, tubing and some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding readily available at every turn. From big cities like Las Vegas and Denver to jaw dropping natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, the West is here to delight and inspire.
Home to glittering Las Vegas, adventure destinations like Denver, Salt Lake City and booming with luxury resorts from Scottsdale to ski towns like Jackson Hole and Aspen, the West has plenty to offer in terms of arts, culture and big-city life.
This area is home to some of the most beautiful national parks. Yellowstone, Grand Teton and The Mighty 5 that includes otherworldly soaring rock arches and stunning red rock cliffs. Not to mention the granddaddy of them all, the Grand Canyon. If picturesque views, singular landscapes and breathtaking sites are what you seek, the West is where to head.
You’re never far from incredible outdoor activities here. Take a hike, go mountain biking, raft down the Colorado River or just have a picnic at the edge of Lake Tahoe.
When it comes to world-class skiing and snowboarding, the West easily has the rest of the country beat. Light, powdery snow, fun resort towns, snow well into the spring and mountains that will challenge beginners and experts alike abound.
Museums, art, ranger programs, outdoor fun and Dr. Seuss-like scenery will keep kids entertained from start to finish.
Take a winter adventure here to Telluride, Aspen, Beaver Creek or Breckenridge and you’ll quickly see why skiers and snowboarders flock to the area every year. In the summer, Denver and Colorado Springs are fun destinations with plenty to offer families from aquariums and art museums to hiking and horseback riding, and Rocky Mountain National Park will get you to the top of the world.
Of course, Las Vegas offers plenty to families in the way of fun hotels, exciting shows and thrilling rides. You can also get a taste of the outdoors with summer and winter fun at Lake Tahoe or a road trip to see the rosy rocks at the aptly named Red Rock Canyon. Las Vegas also makes a great home base for trips across the border to California or to the Grand Canyon.
This is an obvious must. Whether you stay at the South Rim and take in the views from the top, soar above it in a helicopter or marvel at its beauty from the river below on a rafting trip, this is one destination that will wow kids and adults alike.
Kids are sure to love this capitol with its buzzing downtown, First Friday Art Walks and kids’ shows at Denver Performing Arts.
The West in general offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. Resorts, cabins and ski towns are found all over Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, North Dakota and yes, even Arizona. Jackson Hole, Park City and Aspen are just a few you might recognize.
Natural beauty is found in the form of majestic glaciers, sparkling lakes and streams, towering mountains and wildlife like bighorn sheep and mountain lions.
On the border of Nevada and California, this spectacular lake is set high in the mountains. Skiing and snowboarding with a view, lake activities, hiking and mountain biking trails are all found here.
Marvel at this feat of engineering that creates the largest reservoir in the country when it’s full.
Catch a high-flying Cirque show, go on stomach-churning rides and explore the fun themed hotels that kids are sure to love.
Don’t miss the truly unique rock formations and colors on display at the Mighty 5 in Utah that include: Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon
Just 10 miles apart, you can’t beat the gorgeous landscapes found at these national parks.
Walk on boardwalks through hauntingly beautiful landscapes of steaming pools and plateaus.
It’s no secret that the West is sprawling and wide open. Cars are definitely necessarily if you want to really explore these landscapes. Luckily, it also offers some of the most scenic drives and best road trips in the country.