The wide open spaces of California, Nevada and Arizona are among the states that make up the Western USA. This region encompasses it all, from the stunning natural wonder of the Grand Canyon and other breathtaking National Parks to the bright lights and the 24 hour fun of Las Vegas. Coupled with the beauty of San Francisco the "city on the bay" and the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles, it is a land of contrasts, where the open road beckons and the country is yours to enjoy.
Just south of LA in Orange County is the city of Anaheim. As well as being an excellent base to explore southern California this is a great tourist destination in its own right and is home to spectacular theme parks including the original Disneyland and the country's oldest theme park Knott's Berry Farm. The city has a wide range of hotels, a myriad of restaurants and some great shopping.
The Valley of the Sun is made up of Arizona's capital city Phoenix and surrounding towns such as the popular desert resort of Scottsdale. This area amazes with a variety of experiences; from world class dining and shopping to some of the most spectacular scenery, all set against a pure blue sky. It is an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Grand Canyon & Beyond
Most of North America's National Parks are located in the west. Spectacular scenery from mountain landscapes, raging rivers to vast desert plains. Marvel at the canyons, fissures and gorges of the Grand Canyon; the dramatic mesas of Monument Valley; the granite walls and waterfalls at Yosemite; the thousands of rock formations in Bryce Canyon or the monolithic sculptures at Zion.
The largest adult playground in the world - a 24 hour explosion of multi-million dollar casinos, glittering star-studded dinner shows and out-of-this-world themed hotels in the middle of the Mojave Desert at the southern tip of the state of Nevada. At night, 'The Strip' comes alive with miles of coloured neon and millions of dancing, pulsating lights.
The major city in California is the metropolis of Los Angeles, home to Hollywood stars, business moguls and surfers. It is a conglomeration of dozens of communities that have merged into the largest city on the west coast. From its beaches and shopping, it is only a few hours to the Sierra Nevada wilderness or to golfing in the Palm Springs desert. Los Angeles is a city that never sleeps and is home to Hollywood stars, business moguls, surfers and a wide range of multinational communities.
Known as 'The Big Sur', the 90 mile stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline runs between Carmel in the north and San Simeon in the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast. This breathtaking stretch of coastline has something to offer any visitor.
Palm Springs is the ultimate year-round holiday destination. There is something for everyone in Palm Springs: sunning, shopping, golfing, hiking, biking, exploring, tennis, nightlife, people watching and of course, the natural beauty that surrounds the city; from arid deserts to mountains in excess of eight thousand feet. All producing an idyllic climate and a fantastic place to stay.
San Diego is California's second largest city with a hospitable climate. Downtown is a combination of hotels, modern office blocks and a restored 'Gas Lamp' Quarter which hosts shopping, restaurants and bars. Away from downtown, the area has parks and attractions including SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo; as well as miles of sandy beaches on the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Ride the cable cars, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Island, and explore the streets of Chinatown - all on your visit to San Francisco. This city is one of the most cosmopolitan in the United States and attracts millions of visitors. It is renowned for steep streets with stunning views of beautiful San Francisco Bay and the surrounding mountains. San Francisco should not be missed.
Situated just 113 miles south of the Canadian border on seven hills, Seattle is located on the shores of Puget Sound. It has over 150 bridges showing water plays a big part of Seattle's make up. From world-class shopping and dining to being well known as the home of coffee in North America, Seattle is well worth a visit.
Get away to Wyoming, the destination for travellers seeking mountain vistas, unspoiled wilderness and an abundance of wildlife. Wyoming is the lowest-populated state in the U.S. leaving you with a better chance of seeing its bountiful wildlife including bison, elk, pronghorn antelope and eagles, than getting stuck in a traffic jam. Discover your wild side in Wyoming, where the Wild West still exists, whether among the myriad wildlife or the rodeos, dude ranches and Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Yosemite National Park embraces spectacular mountain and valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada. The park harbours a grand collection of mountains, canyons, waterfalls and forests that include groves of giant Sequoia trees. Among the highlights is a trip to Yosemite Valley with its amazing cliffs and waterfalls. Also high in the Sierra Nevada are Sequoia National Park with its high mountain vistas and Kings Canyon National Park.