The American West is, simply put, the stuff of legend. California’s cities, from lovely San Diego to the glitz of Los Angeles to gorgeous San Francisco, offer travellers a variety of pleasures, all with the Pacific as an unbeatable backdrop. Travelling inland and across the desert will lead travellers to the unique city of Las Vegas, with its glamorous atmosphere and themed casino hotels, many with remarkable architecture and spectacular attractions. Further on, travellers can witness what is truly one of the world’s most startlingly beautiful and stunning natural landmarks, the Grand Canyon. They can even take helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon.
The American West differs in character from the rest of the country. It is quite unlike the more historic areas in the Northeast and the Southern states. The West is a place to dream big and think big, but is also a beautifully rugged place where one can encounter the American dream brought to life in so many different ways. The Pacific is a constant backdrop for the West Coast, while the desert landscapes of Nevada and Arizona show the American character, both geographic and cultural, in a different light.
San Francisco is a must for any traveller to the American West, with such well-known landmarks as Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and even the infamous Alcatraz. San Francisco is a remarkably easy city to get around, with various public transit options including the famous cable cars that traverse the city’s hilly streets. A guided tour is a good way to see the best of San Francisco. Many guided tours will even give people the chance to enjoy being taken for a drive over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Journeying down the West Coast is incredibly rewarding to travellers as they will not only see the natural beauty of the coastline but also places like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey County, the latter of which is of particular interests to fans of John Steinbeck. In Los Angeles, Hollywood remains a major draw for travellers and movie lovers. The West Coast offers many opportunities to see major attractions, but the desert of Nevada and Arizona remains magnetic and fascinating both to Americans and travellers from abroad. While different, it is no less enthralling than the West Coast.
Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays that cover many of the top destinations in the American West.