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Six Must See Travel Spots in the Western United States

Updated on May 4, 2017

Having lived in the Western United States my whole life, I have found the example of the European traveler to be quite informative. I believe that when Europeans travel to the United States they actually see more of the country than we residents do.

Vacationing at Lake Powell (which is located on the Utah/Arizona border) for the past 40 years, I have had an opportunity to visit with many European tourists. I discovered some of their basic itineraries and found them very impressive. I thought I would share with you some of their favorite travel spots in hopes that you might like to join them this summer.

1) The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley

The Grand Canyon is a gift that must be seen to be appreciated. Its immense size is overwhelming. The Canyon is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. The color and geological formations are breathtaking.

Whether you see the canyon by vehicle, shuttle, on foot, or bicycle, your trip will be enhanced if you pick up a little publication called "The Guide." This free newspaper is available at all the entrance stations and visitor centers throughout the park. It contains the best maps, a listing of ranger activities and special programs, articles of interest about the park, and a list of all available services. This can make your trip to the "Canyon" much more enjoyable.

The South Rim of the canyon is much more developed than the North Rim, and so accommodations must be booked well in advance. You may either choose to stay in the lodge located there or stay in the developed campground. There are also many restaurants available in the park itself ranging from formal dining to fast food. Seven miles south of the park is Tusayan, Arizona the nearest city that offers accommodations and other services.

The North Rim is more than 200 miles away from the South Rim by car or a strenuous 21 mile, two to three day crossing by hike. There is no public transportation to the North Rim other than the Trans Canyon Shuttle. Services are limited on the North Rim.

The Grand Canyon is a backpacker and hiker paradise. Exploring the inner canyon may be done by mule rides which are available. These are booked well over a year in advance, so start planning early. River Running is also an ultimate adventure that is offered in the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River can be experienced by paddle rafts, motorized rafts, and dories. There are several Canyon Expedition tours available, book early also.

The Grand Canyon at Sunset

Grand Canyon Skywalk

2) Lake Powell and Surrounding Areas

Lake Powell is the second largest man-make lake in the United States. It's 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. There are over 96 major canyons to explore, which require some sort of water craft. Its tributaries include the Escalante and San Juan Rivers, which converge onto the Colorado River making Lake Powell a water expressway. Home of the Glen Canyon Dam and the Rainbow Bridge Monument, Lake Powell is a boaters paradise.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell Favorites

Antelope Slot Canyon

Hiking Famous Slot canyons

Located just adjacent to the Lake are the famous Antelope Canyon and Escalante Canyon. These are a hikers paradise offering many unique and awesome views seen nowhere else in the world.

Escalante Tours

Lake Powell

Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Balancing Rocks
Balancing Rocks

Water Sports Are Extreme Fun on Lake Powell

Lake Powell offers the opportunity for the ultimate wake board or water skiing experience. The small canyons are perfect for personal watercraft adventures. Tubing and swimming are perfect with water temperatures in the mid 70's in the summer months. World class fishing is also available on Lake Powell. There is really something for everybody to experience.

3) Zion National Park

Zion National Park is Utah's oldest national park, filled with world famous slot canyons cut by the power of rushing water and wind.

The Virgin River has been the water source that has created the majestic scenery found in Zion Canyon. The canyon walls are hundreds of feet high while at times only an arm span wide.

Hiking is at its peak in this river cut corridor of canyon walls. There is hiking available for all levels of hikers, each offering a view that is unmatched anywhere in the world.

Zion National Park

4) St. George, Utah

Known as "Utah's Dixie", St. George serves as a major gateway to Zion National Park. It has a temperate climate, with a very mild winter, making it one of Utah's top travel destinations. Located directly off of Interstate 15 it is right on the way from Zion to Las Vegas, making it the perfect stop over before continuing on the rest of the trip.

While in St. George there are many attractions for all types of visitors. Whether you love to golf or just relax and shop it offers a wide variety of adventures. There are several different museums if you would like to spend the day indoors in an educational atmosphere. Two of the top in the area are the Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm and The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum.

Another attraction that is available is the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, which offers world class entertainment in a 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre surrounded by red rock cliffs and man made waterways. Combined with the Tuacahn Center for the Arts, a charter High School, it is one of the most magnificent art and educational facilities in the world.

The nearby red cliffs offer adventures in mountain biking, ATV riding, and other outdoor experiences. Historical tours are offered giving the visitor a flare for the history of the surrounding areas.

There is so much to do in St. George, you might want to spend an extra night just to take it all in.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
Wildlife Museum
Wildlife Museum

Museums to Visit in the St. George Area

  • St. George Art Museum and Store
  • Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
  • St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
  • Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
  • Washington City Museum and Monument Plaza
  • Hurricane Valley Heritage Park Museum and the Bradshaw House Museum
  • Silver Reef Gallery and Museum
  • Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Gallery-Museum at DSC's Eccles Fine Arts Center
  • Pipe Spring National Monument/Kaibab Paiute Tribe Museum
  • Zion Human History Museum

Johnson's Farm, Dinosaur Tracks

St. George Temple
St. George Temple
Brigham Young's winter home.
Brigham Young's winter home.
St. George Tabernacle.
St. George Tabernacle.

Mountain Biking

Utah offers a variety of trails for mountain biking. Diverse terrain and scenery make Utah a perfect biking destination.

Broadway in the Desert

Red Cliffs of St. George, Tuacahn outdoor amphitheatre.
Red Cliffs of St. George, Tuacahn outdoor amphitheatre.

5) Las Vegas

If you want entertainment Las Vegas is the place to go. Hotels, casinos, night clubs, restaurants, shopping, and many other attractions await you in Las Vegas.

So remember, "Viva Las Vegas!"

Gambling, Gaming, and Slots

Old Town Las Vegas
Old Town Las Vegas
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group

6) Disneyland and the West Coast

Where else would you go once you have seen all the beauty this trip has to offer? Yes, you would go "to Disneyland!"

Truly the "happiest place on earth," Disneyland is still the choice of most vacationers. With the opening of Disneyland, Paris and Disneyworld, in Florida, you would think that Anaheim California wouldn't have the same draw, but I guess everyone still must see the "original" for themselves.

Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Tea Cups
Tea Cups

Only in Anaheim, The California Adventure

One thing that none of the other Disney theme parks don't have is the California Adventure. This 55 acre park was an expansion of the original Disneyland theme park. It consists of five areas: Sunshine Plaza, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, The Golden State, A Bug's Land and Paradise Pier. This park opened in February 2001.

"To all who believe in the power of dreams... welcome. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past... The native people, explorers, immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow ... From the silver screen to the computer screen ... From the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space. Disney's California Adventure celebrates the richness and the diversity of California ... Its land, its people, its spirit and, above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire."

-Michael Eisner, February 8, 2001

Matterhorn, Disneyland California

Sunny Southern California Beaches

A stay at the nearby Southern California Beaches, would be a welcome rest after such an eventful trip.

Nearby beaches include, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, and Dana Point or Laguna Beach.

Happy Vacationing!

So take it from my European traveling friends, go and see the Western United States. it will be the trip of a lifetime.

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    • AngelesF profile image

      AngelesF 9 years ago from Castilla y León

      Wow!!

      Wondeful hub!! Your explanations, together with those nice pics make it sooo interesting! I have to go there one day! :-)

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Doghouse, this is awesome! I have been to only a couple of the places you mentioned, and now I have more on my list. You could not pay me to go on that skywalk over the Grand Canyon, though! It looks amazing, for anyone else :)

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      AngelesF

      I know you would totally love the trip. I am glad that you enjoyed the HUB. Come and visit us in the US!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Amy

      I too am a little queezy when it comes to heights, that bridge looks really scarey! My favorite spot of all the spots mentioned has to be Lake Powell, it is the most beautiful place on earth to me. I hope you get a chance to visit it someday. Thanks for the comments.

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      penmanzee 9 years ago

      Very fascinating. I'll definitely refer to this hub for future vacation ideas. Great music on the videos.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Penman,

      I am glad you enjoyed the videos. Although close, it really isn't the same as being there. I hope you get to visit all these awesome spots, they are truly majestic.

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Great hub.

      Between Val and I and son3 We have been there and have some marvelous photos, Mainly his. We are prepasring to launch World wide Photos in the near futuere.

      Either framed or not.loved your views. We also went to Knot's Berry Farm and thought that some aspects were better than Disney/ We did get involved with Disney land

      Thank you for thos great memories.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Mr M.

      Glad to have jogged your memory. Yes, I love Knott's Berry Farm myself. they have amazing chicken dinners too! This area is so beautiful, it is hard not to take a great picture. I just love the red dirt cliffs of the St. George area, it has a beauty all its own. Thank you for your comments.

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      calrigby 9 years ago

      great list! we live in a cool country!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Calrigby

      We certainly do live in a very blessed country. I would have to totally agree with you on that one! Thanks for your comment.

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      stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

      Great Hub loaded with good information. I will have to refer to it again. I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. The mule ride to the inner caverns sounds very appealing. You have some great photos. Thanks

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      stevemark,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. You will love the Grand Canyon, it is an amazing creation. As for me, Lake Powell is my favorite of all the 6 spots I have listed!

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      Jason Stanley 9 years ago

      I've traveled the world but not the states - what a great idea, do it like the Europeans. You have once again inspired me to action. I will present this to my wife for our next stateside vacation - right after the jazz festival in New Orleans next month.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Jason,

      Isn't it interesting that we who live in the US tend to travel outside of it for our vacation plans! I too have so much of this great country I would love to see. These spots are really cool, you will enjoy them. Have fun at the jazz festival, and wear a hat!

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      annemaeve 9 years ago from Philly Burbs

      One summer when I was a pre-teen, my mom and I took a road trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. We saw a lot of great and interesting places (and I slept through a bunch more), but my all-time favorite day was in Colorado.

      We went to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and pretended we were at the beach, and then spent the night at the Best Western Movie Manor in Monte Vista, CO. It's an old-school highway motel built around the back of a drive-in movie theater. Every room has a balcony from which you can watch the movie, and the sound gets piped right into your room through an intercom! We watched Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall. I'll never forget the experience.

      MrMarmalade, I totally agree with you. Knott's Berry Farm beats the Mickey shorts off of Disneyland!

      Thanks for the wonderfully detailed and motivating hub, In The Doghouse! Road trip, anyone?

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      annemaeve,

      Sorry it has taken me so long to respond, I must have missed your comment! I too love Knott's Berry Farm, and BTW they have a killer chicken dinner! lol Having never been to Colorado, you have peeked my curiosity... I will have to check out the places you have mentioned. Thank you for your generous comments on the HUB.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very interesting hub and thank you for all the great travel tips and sites to visit.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      SweetiePie,

      I am glad you enjoyed the Hub. These places are really wonderful, if you have a chance to visit them, do it! Thanks for your comment.

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      kd-a 9 years ago from Texas

      Wow, tons of info! I've never been west of central Texas, but now I'm really intrigued. It would be nice to take a really long vacation, and maybe include the Redwood forest or something. Thanks for all the lodging info and stuff

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      kd-a,

      I hope this helps with your trip planning... too bad the gas prices are so high. I have a feeling that might restrict travel a bit this year. Thanks for your visit to my Hub.

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      Carolyn Augustine 9 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      WOW! I could vacation for 10 years on all of those great suggestions. And they're so close to Arizona, too. I love the great American West!

      I actually worked for a summer with an ol' timer who had been a guide down in Supai. Havasupai is not as well-known as the Grand Canyon, and much harder to get to, but wow, what amazing hiking and scenery. You have to arrange special guided tours to go there, as a general rule. He was trying to gear all of his advertising to German tourists.

      You would never catch me on that sky bridge. It makes me queasy just thinking about it!

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      western,

      You are close to all these destinations, that is for sure. They are all wonderful, and you hardly have to leave your backyard. lol I have not been hiking at Havasupai, but I believe you can get to some areas by the river, which I have been on. It is beautiful, if i am thinking of the same place. I don't think I would try the skybridge either! Walking across Glen Canyon Dam is high enough!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Diana,

      Oh I so enjoyed looking at the pictures. You have been able to tickle my curiosity and desire to visit the US someday. :) They are very beautiful, each place different yet marvelous in its uniqueness. Hmmm...more things to add to my wishlist. Thanks :) To fun, interesting trips in our lives.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Ripplemaker,

      There are certainly so many things to see in this beautiful world that one's wish-list could be a mile long! lol These areas that I have focused on are some of my favorite places to see. The beauty is just indescribable of the canyons and areas that are part of the natural landscape in the Western United States. Lake Powell, The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park to name just a few must be seen to be believed. I hope you get to visit here someday and experience them for yourself.

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      epictruth 8 years ago from Frisco

      Wow, what a fantastic hub! I moved out to the west coast recently and have been taking a lot of trips. I definitely want to go and see the grand canyon and do the skywalk. Thanks!

      - your newest fan

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      epictruth,

      Thanks for your nice remarks.The Grand Canyon is a spectacular sight. I am sure that you will enjoy it when you go. Along the way you could hit the other spots that I pointed out to see as well! Have a great trip!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and very informative...Great hub!!!!

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      Great hub, but I am sure it was hard to come up with only six. I lived in the Four Corners region for 10 years and had some of the best country available as my playground.

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      Camping Dan,

      I was extremely hard to narrow it down to six. This part of the United States is simply beautiful with much to see and do. How lucky you are to have spent so much time in the Four Corners area!

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      gourownway 8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow, that's a lot of great info. I wasn't expecting so much :) I've been living on the left coast for about 10 years now, and you've covered a lot of great places to see.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for this wonderful hub. I also love the west and have been to the Grand Canyon and Zion as well as other places. Lake Powell looks gorgeous! Monument Valley is also on my list of places to visit. Your photos are fantastic!

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      In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

      @gourownway- I guess it is time for you to take a trip to the West! I hope this Hub made you interested in visiting!

      @Peggy W- Thanks for visiting my Hub! Lake Powell is gorgeous, and you will not be sorry if you choose to visit there.

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      kiwi91 8 years ago from USA

      Excellent work! I've been to most of the places you have listed except for Disneyland. I'm not a rides kinda guy. Monument Valley is a place a lot of people haven't heard of, but they've seen it regardless. One of my favorite spots in the southwest.

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      morgan 8 years ago

      I don't think I would be brave enough to walk the Grand Canyon Sky walk

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      Curious Traveller 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Male traveller has never been to the USA and female has only been to NYC area. These places certainly look magnificent. Fantastic Hub, clearly displaying a lot of time and effort put in to it.

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      Michael 8 years ago

      I love Grand Canyon very much.And i hope to visit her one day. Also welcome all of you to China.

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      hypnosis4u2 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a great hub - hope it inspires somebody to do one for the east coast. I love most of your choices except for Las Vegas - from my perspective it seems out of place with the rest of the outdoor destination themes. But you did a great job on information for it.

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      St. George 4 Kids 8 years ago

      You're missing an important website for the St. George and Southern Utah Area! It's www.StGeorge4Kids.com It helps you find local events, activities, and information just for Kids and Families in the area. It also has information on hiking and biking trails that are Kid-Friendly.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice place to visit. My dreaming is travel around United State. You had deep research about those place. And amazing picture. I'll go there someday. thanks

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      Tahoe River Rafting 8 years ago

      What? Lake Tahoe is not on this list? If you are visiting San Francisco Tahoe is a must.

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      I couldn't agree with you more. The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, etc., bring back so many wonderful memories. Great photos. Thanks for the hub!

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      TheMountainMan 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, great article. Need to go visit some of those places now!

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      Jezzzz 7 years ago

      I've wanted to visit all of these locations. I hope to do so soon.

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      Sexy jonty 7 years ago from India

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      cheap london flights 7 years ago

      amazing.. very well written hub. Great information on various destinations

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      cheap indian airlines 7 years ago

      mind blowing pictures and clips. This is awesome.

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      MelodyRuto 7 years ago

      This is an awesome hub page, thanks for the information.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      A great list. I took a Grand Canyon Helicopter tour and loved it. Las Vegas is one of my all-time favorite destinations. And Saint George, Utah? Well, my experiences there haven't been so hot--had car trouble there more than once, but it is part of my backlog of memories and I still look back on the place with fondness.

      BTW, didn't I hear one time that John Wayne made a movie near St. George and, because it was near an area where nuclear testing was held, many of the people associated with the movie eventually died of cancer? Does anyone else remember this story, or do I have it confused with something else?

      Thanks for this most excellent post.

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      Jennifer Richards 7 years ago

      Hello,

      Waooooooo what a great post I liked the pictures , you tube too.

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Good suggestions. Have been to the latter 3 but need to work on the first 3.

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      klarinateodoro 7 years ago

      wow! great hub! i wish i had a lot of time spending writing an article about my travel. =( you are one of my inspiration. i really love to travel around the world! the last time I travel Israel. =) it was such a great pleasure to have a fulfillment going to a place like that =) try going to Israel, http://trekinisrael.com/ they give 20% discount i just don't know until when is the promotion. =)

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      yomraholmes 7 years ago from San Francisco

      This list makes me want to go on a road trip big time.

      Arches National Park remains the most amazing national park I've been to, with Yosemite Valley as a close second, but I have yet to go these canyons :(

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      Dankuna 7 years ago

      Very impressive collection of landmarks. I have not seen any but...

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      vacationguides 7 years ago

      Hi Doghouse!

      Wow, this is a fantastic hub! I really enjoyed the colorful photos as well as the videos that you used to enhance your writing! I will definitely have to visit a few of these locations in the future.

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      fdoleac 7 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Your Hub brought back memories of Zion and the River Walk hike which is unlike any other. We are looking forward to a return trip for more hiking.

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      knowledgeispower 7 years ago

      I think your must-see spots are good choices for a tourist to visit.

      George

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      apricotmousse 7 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Thank you for assisting me to this virtual tour.

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      Indigo Airways 7 years ago

      Very well written hub, amazing information

      Thank you very much for your great hub.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Thanks! It's funny - I've lived next to the best California beaches, but never go! Thanks for reminding me to enjoy what's close to me.

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      bangkok cheap flights 7 years ago

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      You REALLY did a fabulous job on this hub....as already know I'm sure! Zion national park has been on my "list" of places to visit for awhile. That's a great photo!

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      raguett 7 years ago

      Holy rap this is a finominal article..real great info..and the grand canyon oh ya a must see...I'm deffinatly bookmarking thishub, great job..visit my link for more USA traveling ideas https://hubpages.com/travel/Travel-USA-10-cool-pla...

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great Hub! My wife & I seen half ot it mentioned but wished we had time to see the other!

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      deegle 7 years ago from Ventura County California

      Great Hub! Photos are fantastic. The last time I was at the Grand Canyon was summer of 1998. I think I would like to go back.

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      Dental Jobs 7 years ago

      What a great page, my wife and I are looking to travel across the US, and you have given us loads of great ideas, this page has been bookmarked and emailed out to all our friend. Keep up the great work!! Cheers

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      pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      wow!...fabulous..awesome places...how I wish I can travel that far.. thank you Sir for the info and pictures! :)

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      surfolasaltas 7 years ago

      Great post. I was thinking about taking a trip to do the sky walk at the Grand Canyon - how scary is it? I'm guessing it feels incredibly safe right?

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      Parker Swanson 7 years ago

      Great great hub. Not sure you touched on Hollywood enough though. The best place to check out info on that town is myhollywoodvacation.com

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      LeilaExcite 7 years ago

      I have never been to the States but the first place I would visit is The Grand Canyon. I have been intrigued by this place for a long, long time.

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      love2scrap 7 years ago

      Wow...you have some great ideas here. I have seen some of the places you have mentioned, but can't wait to get back to places like Zion National Park. They are simply stunning!

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      NathanSyckel 7 years ago from Akron, Ohio

      Wow. Great Hub! First time I've ever heard of Lake Powell, which is a shame because I was just at the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago. Definitely going to check that out on my next trip.

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      retirementvillage 7 years ago from Philippines

      This hub is wonderful!....I like your post here specially those pictures that are Beautiful and Lovely...!!!

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      ericthai 7 years ago from thailand

      Splendid scenes that our friends describe only in words. Friends from Utah visiting us in Thailand gave us a Zion National Park hat as souvenirs...http://a-thai-village-homestay.weebly.com

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      bd160900 6 years ago from San Diego

      I also enjoy Vacationing at Lake Powell. Gets a little hot in AZ and that's a great way to cool off. Loved this hub! Thanks

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      Nevada Logan 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing so much info with us. Love the idea of going to the Grand Canyon but that horseshoe that sticks out from the canyon is scary! I would have to go out there.

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      Las Vegas Condos 6 years ago

      that grand canyon sky walk is too much for me!

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      TheDisneyVacation 6 years ago

      Viva Las Vegas!

      I always wanted to shout that just couldn't find the right time for travel=(

      Nice hub!

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      Go Indigo 6 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this hub, good job

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      omcj1234 6 years ago

      I've only been to a couple of these places. I definitely have to hit the others.

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      CharterJetService 6 years ago

      Great hub, the Grand Canyon is such a beautiful place.

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      topindiahotels 6 years ago

      Very good info & pictures about Grand Canyon.

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      Celine 6 years ago

      Totally inspiring, great hub worth revisiting! And amazing photos, this made me want to upgrade my camera and revisit the Grand Canyon. But, please do tell what it was you ate at the Bear Paw Cafe! :)

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      Jun 6 years ago

      This is such a gorgeous place, I suggest everyone who ever visits the area to go and see nature's beauty. And the Zion National Park lodging adds to the whole experience.

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      Atlanta Vacation packages 6 years ago

      The Grand Canyon is by far the best which I have visited so far and I would like to visit it again and again.

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      DavidLivingston 6 years ago

      Nice one. I liked the contents. Been a good read. Thanks!

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      cathy_medi 6 years ago from new york

      These places are so amazing. I have to travel there in my life

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      Mat Chaudhry 6 years ago

      Excellent information. However, how could you forget one of the most beautiful place on the earth...? Washington State. Paradise Point at Mt. Rainer.. yes it is real paradise.

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      travel forum 6 years ago

      this place is very beautiful like heaven , i love this post...

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      tnvrstar 6 years ago from doha, qatar

      Wow! Great article and thank your very much for sharing. voted up for the beautiful article. I would like to visit all these location but unfortunately i am not sure whether it can be possible for me to afford or not. recently i am planing to visit Malibu beach resort, If anyone wants

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      yfguy 6 years ago from Mallorca

      one of the best US travel articles... big thumb up ;)

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      Jeff_McRitchie 6 years ago

      This article is great. I love that you listed some of the prettiest areas in the SW. And Disneyland too!

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      puertoricoistheplace 6 years ago

      Great hub! You covered a lot of ground...nice photos.

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      Topmodelof2011 6 years ago

      nice thnx

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      Grand Canyon Facts 6 years ago

      I was there with my family last year, the Grand Canyon looks really amazing as it is not of this world. I recommend everyone to go there, you will not regret it.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice documentary and good source of information that is quite interesting.

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      USCIS gov forms 6 years ago

      a very interesting read.

      these places are indeed remarkable,and pictures aren't enough..i must be able to go there someday..

      thanks for posting!

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      leeroper 6 years ago from UK

      This would be a dream holiday to visit all the key locations, I intend to do a drive one day in this area and end up in California and when I do, I will return to this hub!

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      applejuic3 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      incredible hub with loads of information. i live on the west coast and haven't been to any of these places, i will be favoriting this for future use :)

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      WesternHistory 6 years ago from California

      Absolutely great hub. Lots of interesting sites for anyone traveling to the western U.S.

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      texasgirlfw 5 years ago

      Great hub. What a great list. I need to hit the road.

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      happypuppy 5 years ago

      What a wonderful hub! Thanks for sharing these useful information and amazing pictures. I have to agree Grand Canyon is one of the places anyone should visit. It's breathtaking!

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      whitton 5 years ago

      This was awesome! I have lived on the West Coast my whole life so I have been able to go to most of these places. The pictures are awesome. Makes me want to go on another road trip and go back again to Disneyland. Great Hub!

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      car hire in Singapore 5 years ago

      The South Rim of the canyon is much more developed than the North Rim, and so accommodations must be booked well in advance. You may either choose to stay in the lodge located there or stay in the developed campground.

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      Jeff_McRitchie 5 years ago

      This is an excellent Hub. That Grand Canyon SkyWalk looks a bit scary. Cool, but scary!

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      Sally 5 years ago

      awesome.. very nice places. I hope i can visit her one day, Hope on my next vacation would be here because last year I was at Wisconsin Dells and it was also a superb experience!

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      travelo 5 years ago from Worldwide

      Wow this hub has some much information and detail. Really, really great work here!

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      texasgirlfw 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great hub. I have been to most of these place and they are awesome. I want to go the others.

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      villasandhomes 5 years ago

      Great Hub loaded with good information.. Amazing pictures.. Thanks for sharing..

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      Daniel 5 years ago

      I`m from the Netherlands and planning a holiday on the west-coast. Thanks for the information

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      birdslover 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great places to visit and a well written hub. Images are also beautiful. Thanks!!

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      bmukherjii 5 years ago

      amazing travel guide. The author has done a marvelous job posting this hub.

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      leonvert 5 years ago

      The Grand Canyon Skywalk at Grand Canyon West is my favorite place.

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      MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Wow indeed. I can see you put a lot of thought and effort into this one. I personally find St. George to be a nice gas stop on the way to other places. And I find Vegas to be overrated as a vacation destination. But it's a place that most people will enjoy for a couple of days. Lake Powell on the other hand is fantastic! So is Lake Mead. The Grand Canyon is amazing for about 5 minutes, then what. Geez am I biased and opinionated - yet bet I am. Excellent hub, one of the best I've seen.

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      Dawnrichard 5 years ago

      I always want to see Grand Canyon . Nice to see some pics here you have posted. Thanks for the nice hub and the nice pics.

      Dawnrichard

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      Maggie 5 years ago

      do you know what state pikes peak is in?

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      Dale Anderson 4 years ago from The High Seas

      Great article. Voted up. Very keen to do the Grand Canyon Sky walk.

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      Quincy 4 years ago

      That's great to know I really appreciate that

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Great hub! I've always wanted to travel out west, but I'm a bit acrophobic so the mountains and grand canyon our out for me. That said, you've provided me with many great alternatives. I'm sharing this one!

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      Rahul Ranjan 4 years ago from Delhi

      An amazing hub. I specially wants to thank for the pattern that adopted. It makes the hub more interesting. The post urges me to have experience to these places but dont know how to perform this kind of tour.

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      Darrell Kindley 15 months ago from Fort Worth, TX

      Such a great list, with amazing suggestions! I hope to someday be able to experience these places as you have.

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      Cedric Yong 14 months ago from Singapore

      This is really informative! And it makes me wanna pack up and fly to the US right away! Kudos!

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      Jo Lim 12 months ago

      Wonderful article. Thanks for the good information.

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      Poetree Sarovar 5 months ago

      What a fantastic blog. Loved it.

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      Cedric Yong 5 months ago from Singapore

      I wish I could take time off work for a month or two. To check out all these wonderful places in the USA.

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