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11 Must-See Travel Spots in the Western United States

I have been an avid vacationer in the Western United States for over 40 years. I love exploring and discovering new places.

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.

11 Western Vacation Ideas

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. Monument Valley
  3. Lake Powell
  4. Zion National Park
  5. St. George, Utah
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Disneyland
  8. Big Sur
  9. Yosemite National Park
  10. Death Valley
  11. The Golden Gate Bridge
The Grand Canyon at sunset.

The Grand Canyon at sunset.

1. The Grand Canyon

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 Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located on the western side of the canyon, and it is a horseshoe-shaped glass skywalk that allows visitors to peer into the canyon. It is owned and maintained by the Hualapai tribe.

Best Times to Visit the Grand Canyon

The two best times to take a trip to the Grand Canyon are in the spring (March-May) or the fall (September-November). Peak tourist season is during the summer months so try to stay away from the park at those times. Winter is another good time to visit but keep in mind that the north rim closes after the first snowfall of the year.

A view of the Monument Valley via Highway 163.

A view of the Monument Valley via Highway 163.

2. Monument Valley

One of the most iconic landscapes in the west, the breathtaking scenery is a sight to behold, especially the massive sandstone buttes that dot the plateau. Located on the Arizona/Colorado border, the valley is easily accessed by highway 163. The valley is not a valley in the traditional sense. Instead, it is a relatively desolate landscape that contains many massive buttes that rise hundreds of feet into the air. Monument Valley was the setting for many classic western movies, in particular, the films made by the iconic director John Ford.

While you can see a lot of the landscape from the highway, the best way to see Monument Valley is to go off the highway and go the adjacent Navajo Tribal Park. While in the park you can drive down the 17-mile Valley Drive which will take you through many of the valley's most iconic rock formations. While the road is dusty and steep in certain places, most family-style vehicles can make the trek, though jeep rentals are also common as well.

Best Times to Visit Monument Valley

Seeing as Monument Valley is a desert, you will want to avoid the summer months as it will be unbearably hot. The ideal time to plan a trip is during the spring or the fall when temperatures are milder.

An aerial view of Lake Powell.

An aerial view of Lake Powell.

3. Lake Powell and Surrounding Areas

Lake Powell is the second largest man-made 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 watercraft. 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.

Water Sports Are Extreme Fun on Lake Powell

Lake Powell offers the opportunity for the ultimate wakeboard 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.

The famous antelope slot canyon.

The famous antelope slot canyon.

Hiking the 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. Make sure to bring your camera as the canyons offer some of the most interesting visuals you will ever see.

Best Times to Visit Lake Powell and the Slot Canyons

The ideal time to take a trip to Lake Powell is in September when the temperatures have cooled off, and there is not a lot of rain and wind. The lake will also be less crowded at this point, but the water will still be quite warm. Early October is also a great choice as well. The main tourist season will be over so you can easily make it out to the slot canyons.

Angel's Landing in Zion National Park.

Angel's Landing in Zion National Park.

4. 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.

Best Times to Visit Zion

The park is open year-round, so there isn't really a bad time to go. That being said, the park does get hot in the summertime and there is a lot of snow runoff in the spring, both of which make it difficult to hike any of the slot canyons. Fall is one of the best times to visit Zion due to the mild temperatures and the lack of tourists.

An overlook of St. George and the adjacent Pine Valley Mountains.

An overlook of St. George and the adjacent Pine Valley Mountains.

5. 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 stopover 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, the city 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 amphitheater 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 arts 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 to give 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.

Best Times to Visit St. George

Much like Zion National Park, the ideal time to visit St. George is during the fall, particularly during September or October. At that point in the year, the temperatures are mild, and there is not much rainfall or inclement weather.

6. 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. If nightlife is not your thing, there are plenty of other options if you leave the city limits. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles outside of Las Vegas and features plenty of stunning views. If you want to stay in the city, there are lots of other attractions to keep you occupied. There are plenty of roller coasters and thrill rides to go on as well as gun ranges where you can actually crush a car with a tank!

For those who like to experience speed, you can go to the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Speedway. You can sit next to a professional driver as they zoom around the racetrack at 140 mph or you can get in the driver's seat yourself if you really want a thrill.

Best Times to Visit Las Vegas

Due to its climate, you will want to avoid going to Las Vegas during the summer when the weather gets unbearably hot. The winter is mild, but that is peak tourist season, especially around New Year's. The best times to take a trip to Las Vegas are from March to May and from September to November. Also, try to take a trip during the week when hotels are less packed and the Vegas strip is not incredibly overcrowded with tourists.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

7. Disneyland

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.

There are so many fun things to do in the park that you are certain to have a great time. Just keep in mind that some rides periodically go down for maintenance so be sure to check and make sure your favorite ride is still open.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland

Seeing as Disneyland has great weather year round, you will want to plan your trip to avoid the massive crowds of tourists. This means that going on a holiday weekend or during the summer is a bad idea and something that should be avoided. The best times to go to Disneyland are in late fall from late September to early November, and late winter from January to March.

8. Big Sur

Located on the central coast of California, Big Sur offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of rugged, rocky coastline. You can access Big Sur by the scenic Highway 1, and while the area is sparsely populated with few places to camp, the impressive beauty is a sight to behold. There are plenty of guided tours and camping areas for those who are interested.

Most locals recommend that you simply do nothing and just take in the impressive beauty of the scenery.

Best Times to Visit Big Sur

Like many destinations on the California coast, peak tourist season for Big Sur is during the summer months. Therefore, fall is the best time to take a trip if you want to find affordable lodging and fewer crowds. Going in the springtime has its advantages as well since you will be able to see the wildflower blooms.

9. Yosemite

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the west, Yosemite National Park is well worth the trip. Located in the eastern part of California, the park contains some of the most breathtaking sights of any national park. There are plenty of things to do in the park, particularly if you enjoy hiking. There are over 800 miles of trails throughout the park, ranging from easy strolls to grueling hikes up mountains.

Best Times to Visit Yosemite

Due to the fact that many trails and roads are closed during the winter, the most popular time for people to go to Yosemite is during the summer. If you want to avoid the crowds and book a campsite, going in the fall is your best option. The crowds tend to thin out after Labor Day and the temperatures drop as well.

10. Death Valley

Situated in the southeastern corner of California, Death Valley is one of the most unique places you can visit in the entire US. The lowest point in North America, Death Valley is also one of the hottest and driest places on the earth. Plenty of stunning geographical features dot the landscape such as large salt flats and sand dunes.

Due to its remote location, Death Valley has one of the darkest night skies in the US, making it an ideal place to stargaze. Additionally, there are plenty of scenic sights to take in, such as the wildflowers that bloom during the springtime.

Best Times to Visit Death Valley

Due to its climate, the best time to visit Death Valley is during the fall, winter, or early spring. Spring is the most popular time for tourists to visit as the combination of mild temperatures and the wildflower blooms make for an ideal time to go. If you want to avoid the crowds, try to go during the late fall or early winter.

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands.

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands.

11. Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most iconic bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge connects the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. The bridge offers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge is open to pedestrians and bikes for free, and there is a toll for vehicles.

There are plenty of other great things to do in San Franciso and the entire Bay Area, with lots of trails, breweries, wineries, and entertainment options available.

Best Times to Visit the Golden Gate Bridge

Due to San Francisco's climate, going in the summer is not the best idea due to the fog that rolls through the bay, making visibility difficult. Spring and fall are the best times to go but just keep in mind that there is always a chance of fog coming through the strait.

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.

© 2008 In The Doghouse

Comments

Homeboy on March 24, 2020:

Bruh Monument Valley is not on the border of Colorado and Arizona. There is literally like one foot of a border between those two states. So unless Monument Valley is located at Four Corners, I'm pretty sure something is wrong here...

ESTA Service on December 10, 2019:

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Rashad on October 25, 2019:

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king kong on October 14, 2019:

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Syahy on February 06, 2019:

I think USA is fabulous, Nice Information...Thanks for sharing Keep Going! Am also interested visiting America once in my life.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 28, 2018:

This is a great guide for any traveler to the USA. Wish I could visit these places. Amazing images.

Scribbling Geek from Singapore on January 26, 2017:

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

Poetree Sarovar on January 26, 2017:

What a fantastic blog. Loved it.

Jo Lim on June 29, 2016:

Wonderful article. Thanks for the good information.

Scribbling Geek from Singapore on May 13, 2016:

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

Darrell Kindley from Fort Worth, TX on April 04, 2016:

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

Rahul Ranjan from Delhi on May 06, 2013:

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.

collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on January 07, 2013:

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!

Quincy on December 16, 2012:

That's great to know I really appreciate that

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 27, 2012:

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

Maggie on May 21, 2012:

do you know what state pikes peak is in?

Dawnrichard on May 15, 2012:

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

MikeNV from Henderson, NV on May 04, 2012:

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.

leonvert on May 02, 2012:

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

bmukherjii on March 27, 2012:

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

birdslover from New Delhi, India on January 19, 2012:

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

Daniel on January 16, 2012:

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

villasandhomes on January 04, 2012:

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

texasgirlfw on December 27, 2011:

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

travelo from Worldwide on December 19, 2011:

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

Sally on October 08, 2011:

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!

Jeff_McRitchie on October 05, 2011:

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

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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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whitton on August 02, 2011:

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!

happypuppy on August 01, 2011:

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!

texasgirlfw on July 30, 2011:

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

WesternHistory from California on July 13, 2011:

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

applejuic3 from San Diego, CA on June 17, 2011:

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 :)

leeroper from UK on May 11, 2011:

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!

USCIS gov forms on March 25, 2011:

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!

Emma from Houston TX on March 17, 2011:

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

Grand Canyon Facts on March 07, 2011:

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.

Topmodelof2011 on February 22, 2011:

nice thnx

puertoricoistheplace on February 16, 2011:

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

Jeff_McRitchie on February 15, 2011:

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

yfguy from Mallorca on February 08, 2011:

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

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Mat Chaudhry on January 13, 2011:

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.

cathy_medi from new york on January 03, 2011:

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

DavidLivingston on December 12, 2010:

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

Atlanta Vacation packages on December 10, 2010:

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

Jun on December 02, 2010:

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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Celine on November 13, 2010:

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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Very good info & pictures about Grand Canyon.

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

omcj1234 on October 05, 2010:

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

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I'm bookmarking this hub, good job

TheDisneyVacation on August 28, 2010:

Viva Las Vegas!

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

Nice hub!

Las Vegas Condos on August 20, 2010:

that grand canyon sky walk is too much for me!

Nevada Logan from USA on July 31, 2010:

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.

bd160900 from San Diego on July 30, 2010:

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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NathanSyckel from Akron, Ohio on May 22, 2010:

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.

love2scrap on May 18, 2010:

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!

LeilaExcite on May 17, 2010:

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.

Parker Swanson on May 12, 2010:

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

surfolasaltas on April 12, 2010:

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?

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on March 30, 2010:

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

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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

deegle from Ventura County California on March 12, 2010:

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.

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 12, 2010:

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

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theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on March 09, 2010:

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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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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fdoleac from Hollis, New Hampshire on December 15, 2009:

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.

vacationguides on December 04, 2009:

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.

Dankuna on November 28, 2009:

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

yomraholmes from San Francisco on November 24, 2009:

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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Daniel Christian from Los Angeles, CA on November 18, 2009:

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

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Hello,

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

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on November 16, 2009:

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.

MelodyRuto on November 03, 2009:

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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.

Jezzzz on August 17, 2009:

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

TheMountainMan from USA on August 13, 2009:

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

Gicky Soriano from California on July 20, 2009:

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!

Tahoe River Rafting on July 01, 2009:

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 28, 2009:

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

St. George 4 Kids on May 27, 2009:

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.

hypnosis4u2 from Massachusetts on May 27, 2009:

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.

Michael on May 10, 2009:

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

Curious Traveller from United Kingdom on May 07, 2009:

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.

morgan on March 17, 2009:

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