The USA West coast has everything for each traveler, from the celebrity-filled Los Angeles to the neon-lit Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the many national parks located in the states in between. This is a vast area, and it is one that cannot easily be toured in a matter of hours or even weeks. The West Coast comprises of the Mountain States including Washington, Arizona, Pacific states, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Montana, New Mexico, and Nevada.
The land mass on the western part of the Mississippi river covers more than twice the amount of land that is on the east. Alaska actually measures a fifth of the total size of the United States. Travelers looking for a nice place to relax can head to sunny California to taste their wine, while the adrenaline junkies can head towards the Rockies to try out the slopes.
The Hawaiian Islands are as far west as you can travel and still say that you are vacationing in the United States. The islands are known for their unique culture, bubbling volcanoes, and beautiful beaches. Millions of traveler’s head to Hawaii each year to check out the 8 islands and sample their local cuisines.
Hawaii is a tropical island that records an average of 80-degrees temperature each year. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds on your next holiday to Hawaii, consider traveling in December of January. A majority of the flights to this island arrive at the HNL (Honolulu Airport).
There are some places that should be considered “must see” spots for anyone who plans to travel west in the United States. The West Coast of the United States provides so many wonders to look at that it is difficult to narrow it down to a short list, but we will attempt to here anyway.
1) Grand Canyon
No list of Western United States travel spots would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon. Yes, it is one of the most talked about natural wonders in the United States, but it is so frequently discussed for good reason. It is a awe-inspiring wonder that is impossible to describe without simply going to see it yourself. If you are heading west, make sure this stop is on your list.
2) Zion National Park
Utah is a beautiful state in its own right, but its national parks are indeed a national treasure. Zion National Park is the oldest national park in Utah, and it is among the most beautiful in the whole country. Take in some hiking at this park as you check out the incredible natural waterfalls that dot the landscape.
3) Las Vegas
Obviously, you are going to have to make a stop in Sin City while you are traveling west. How could you not stop by here and just see this incredible man-made wonder. It is not like the other spots on this list, but it has a beauty all of its own making. If you are willing to, perhaps lay down a few dollars on a gamble as well and see if you come up lucky.
More than 43 years ago, Donna and Mike Guthrie attended their first date together at a coffee shop. Intrigued by one another, their date lasted for seven hours, and they married less than a year later. Now, they are grandparents.
In 2009, the lovebirds made a plan to visit every single national park in the United States of America by the time they were both 70 years old. This meant that they would have to reach every single park within the course of 7 seven years.
On their 36th anniversary, they spoke about their bucket lists and came up with the idea. They were both 63 at the time. The two had no idea how many parks there were; all they knew was that they wanted to visit and hike at least 5 miles in each and every one of them.
As they started their adventure, they bought National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes for seniors, which were priced at $10.00 per person. They went all over the country to hike through 59 parks. Some of their favorite memories include watching the sunrise during Easter in Utah’s Arches National Park, observing an astronomy lesson in Colorado’s Gunnison National Park and riding horses in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.
On June 11th, 2016, the couple finished their quest, ending with a hike at Great Smokey Mountains National Park. They were joined by their children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Donna Guthrie is not new to such feats. In fact, she hiked at least five miles in every state in one year to commemorate her 50th birthday.
There are a lot of people who are traveling to the west coast and having lots of fun with their families. The key to a good trip is to plan well in advance and know what you’re going to need. The problem that so many people have is that they do not plan in advance and so they have problems with actually getting and staying there, especially if they are on a strict budget.
One thing that you need to think about doing is planning out the trip and booking through an online site. Booking online allows you to save money and get the most out of your trip. You will also find that you can save tons of money by booking everything together as opposed to doing it all separately. It is also important to put yourself and your loved ones on a budget so that you do not spend a small fortune just traveling to California.
There are lots of different places you can go to if this is something that you’re looking to do for yourself. Because of this, it pays to do research on the different options out there and to know what is available to meet your needs. There is nothing worse than spending too much just to be able to travel and know that you are having lots of fun. There are so many people who want to be able to travel and get their own options available to save themselves a lot of money.
Ian Dow’s life had hit an all-time low when his fiancée dumped him and kicked him out of their shared home. When Dow realized he couldn’t afford the high rents in Newport Beach he decided to buy a Mercedes-Benz van to serve as his mobile home. However, fate intervened when he injured his shoulder in a motorcycle accident, and he was inspired to find an old ambulance suitable for renovation. He found the perfect prototype being sold by a charity in Missouri and drove it back to California to begin renovations.
Dow’s additions took four months to complete, but he soon transformed the tired old emergency vehicle into a cozy home. Using his nascent carpentry skills, Dow added a tiny tiled kitchen with shiny hardwood floors and a wooden fold-out table. For his living area, Dow created a convertible bed and a cedar closet to store his clothes. The ambulance, affectionately known as Ambi, also comes equipped with a hot water heater, shower and generator. He also converted the roof into a makeshift guestroom with an Astroturf surface perfect for pitching a tent.
Accompanied by his trusty dog Dino and one human friend, Dow set off on an epic journey along the Pacific Coast in June. Driving from California to Costa Rica, he has explored volcanoes, surfed in the warm waters of the Pacific and become an unexpected Instagram star. Dow plans to return to Newport Beach in the spring and make a living from ambulance conversion. He wants to help spread his unique lifestyle by transforming more ambulances into rolling homes.
The news coverage was difficult to avoid. If you turned on your TV or looked at the internet within the past few weeks, chances are that you saw images of the devastating wildfires in northern California. With a death toll hovering at over 40 and images of fires consuming vineyards and wineries, many have made assumptions about the state of wine country. However, it turns out that some of the worst predictions have been proven incorrect. Although there were many evacuations and a lot of damages, many would be surprised to learn that areas such as downtown Sonoma are open for business and just as beautiful as ever.
Of course, it didn’t take long for tourists to react to all of the news coverage. With many canceling their trips, the embattled region has been suffering even more. After all, the tourism industry is huge in wine country. And with a whopping three billion dollars worth of damage inflicted upon the region, it’s not difficult to see how a drop in tourism could cause even more financial problems for the area. Although the region has not emerged unscathed, there are some parts of Napa Valley that only seem to have suffered from hillside damage. And even though many assumed that all the 2017 wine would be of poor quality, the evidence is indicating otherwise. In fact, this might be the best time of all for people to go visit wine country.
People living on the West Coast will have more opportunities to take a magical Disney cruise in the near future. The American entertainment giant just announced that the Disney Cruise Line will expand operations out of San Diego in 2019.
Executives say the Disney Wonder, a 1,754-passenger ship, will be the primary vessel sailing out of “America’s Finest City.” The Disney Wonder will offer guests trips ranging from two-day excursions to weeklong adventures.
This Disney Cruise Line expansion will take place between the months of March and May in 2019. A few of the Mexican port cities guests can visit include Mazatlan, Ensenada, and Puerto Vallarta.
The Disney Wonder will return to its normal hub of Port Canaveral, Florida, for three- and four-night trips during January and February. These trips will include stops at destinations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
Anyone who lives near Miami can take a cruise on the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic on four- and five-night trips. These trips include stops at locations like the Bahamas, Nassau, Grand Cayman, and Key West.
Port Canaveral will also be adding larger ships to its fleet in the coming years. One ship Disney Cruise Lines just revealed to the public is called the Disney Fantasy. This mammoth ship will be able to hold 2,500 passengers. Disney engineers are hard at work on both the Disney Fantasy and its sister-ship the Disney Dream.
Disney Cruise Line executives say they want to add at least seven new ships to their fleet by 2023. They believe the first of these new ships will be ready for operation in 2021.
Traveling to the west coast has so many sights to behold both in the cities as well as out in the great wild of its ocean sounds and woods. And if you’re passing through Oregon, you won’t want to move too fast or you might miss some sights to behold. According to Christopher Elliott of the Huffington Post, the Oregon coast has some hidden spots that you may not find in regular travel magazines. Much of it comes not only from the coastal beach formations, but also in the surrounding landscapes.
When traveling out to this part of the west coast, you’ll certainly take notice of a lot of dunes but in close proximity to cliff formations lining the shore. They’re the perfect places to do a little climbing and exploring, and those who have gotten to the top have spoken in great terms about the fantastic view you’ll find. There are also several rivers flowing out into the Pacific including Salmon River and if you want to experience beauty in the water, taking a kayak tour in this vicinity is a great idea.
Another place Elliott wrote about as a great visit is the Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife area that lets you go up into a historic lighthouse and then go out into a wildlife park where you just might catch some exotic animals at play. And there are even points of interest in the small towns on the coast including the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. No matter where you go, it’s almost certain that you won’t be disappointed.
San Jose author and macabre historian Colin Dickey has written a new nonfiction book exploring the famous haunted house of San Jose, the Winchester Mystery House. Published by Viking, “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” started from Dickey’s childhood experiences of growing up near the reputedly haunted mansion in San Jose.
As a child, Dickey became fascinated with the mysterious building. This interest didn’t wane over the years while he earned his doctorate in comparative literature and began teaching creative writing at San Diego’s National University. In 2009, he delved into the grisly world of grave robbing with “Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius”, a historical true crime account of larcenous phrenologists. With his newest effort, Dickey has hit closer to home by focusing on the origins of the legends that surround the Winchester Mystery House.
The Winchester Mystery House started life as a humble farmhouse. Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of rifle mogul William Winchester, purchased the house and began a lifelong construction project. Over a period of 38 years, she added on multiple additions, built doors that opened into blank walls and filled the house with hidden passageways. Local legends explained Sarah’s strange building obsession with spooky stories about vengeful ghosts determined to haunt the widow of the man whose rifles killed them. According to popular lore, Sarah would be safe from these malevolent forces as long as she kept building on to her home.
Dickey paints a less sensational picture of Sarah Winchester in his new book, arguing that she was more motivated by architectural interests than spiritual. He also connects her to the phenomenon of building ghost stories around independent women. The childless widow did not match the cultural norms of the day, and Dickey argues that the ghost tales may have been a response to this.
“Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” is currently available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle editions. An audiobook version of the book is also available from Penguin Audio.
Before traveling to the West Coast, there are a number of things to understand. There are many stereotypes and general beliefs about the place that are not entirely true.
For example, people on the West Coast are stereotyped as being raging leftists. Well, yes, there are a lot of left-winged people. However, there are also a lot of right-winged people. When you move away from the urban coastal areas, there are many more right winged people and voters of Republicans.
When people think of the West Coast, they tend to think of palm trees and eternal sun. The West Coast happens to be home to a variety of different climates that range from very hot to temperate. There are parts of the West Coast that experience freezing temperatures and snowy weather.
The “West Coast” is not just California; it consists of California, Oregon and Washington.
No, not everybody is blonde on the West Coast. When some people think of the West Coast, they may think of blonde, Barbie-like Valley girls. Not everybody is like this. There are plenty of brunettes, raven heads and maybe a few redheads thrown in.
Not every single human being in San Francisco is gay. The city has the highest amounts of people who identify as LGBTQ. However, when you look at the big picture, this makes up only 6.2% of the city’s entire population. About 4.6% of New York City’s population is in the millionaire category, though nobody says that everybody in New York City is a millionaire!