Landscapes and legends draw adventurers to the West, where a good day includes locavore dining, vineyard wine-sipping, Native history and outdoor adventure. Great Outdoors When it comes to scenery in the West, the hyperbole is usually on point. Awesome. Epic. Once-in-a-lifetime.
From misty Northern California redwood forests to sun-kissed Southern California beaches, the enchanted Golden State makes Disneyland seem normal. From Hollywood to Silicon Valley Through booms and busts, California has gotten by on its wits and charm. Hollywood still makes most of the world’s movies and TV shows, and launches new talents nightly on stages statewide.
From towering redwoods in foggy Northern California to the perfect sun-kissed surf beaches of Southern California, this slice of Pacific Coast is a knockout beauty. Creative Culture From the mid-19th-century gold rush to the dot-com bubble, California has survived extreme booms and busts, often getting by on its wits.
New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Where else could you visit an Amish family's farm, camp on a mountaintop, read the Declaration of Independence and view New York, New York from the 86th floor of an art-deco landmark – all in a few days? Even though this corner of the country is the most densely populated part of the US, it's full of places where jaded city dwellers escape to seek simple lives, where artists .
It's easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits. Island Style Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland.
Mount spectacular summits and feel ocean breezes. Tantalize your taste buds with succulent seafood and sweet maple syrup. Relish history and high culture. Why I Love New England By Mara Vorhees, Writer For a place that is steeped in history, New England is ever moving forward.
Southern California (SoCal to the locals) inhabits a dreamlike otherworld – a place where breathtaking natural beauty merges with modern mythology. Arts & Architecture A bull's-eye for many of the world's leading actors, writers, musicians, artists and designers, SoCal explodes with inimitable creative energy.
The South was arguably the first region of the USA to be considered that – a 'region' of cultural and geographic distinction, defined by its own cuisine, landscape, accent, literature, music and, under-girding all of the above, history – one that is long and beautiful in places, brutal and bloody in others.
Bigger than a whole heap of countries, Texas is vast, diverse and welcoming: from big-city lights to small-town simplicity, white-sand beaches to high-country hikes. Cities & Towns Big cities in Texas? Fun-loving, vibrant and friendly. And delightfully flashy on occasion – this is oil country, after all.
For most, any trip to the Empire State starts or finishes in its iconic metropolis: New York City. However, if you confine your travels only to the five boroughs there's a considerable amount you're missing out on. Long Island and upstate New York – generally accepted as anywhere north of the NYC metro area – shouldn't be missed.
The Rocky Mountains
Adventure has always defined the United States' backbone. Native tribes hunted in the Rocky Mountains, but few stayed. Most white settlers regarded the mountains as obstacles, not destinations. Only a few rugged individuals forayed into the wilderness to explore the hidden valleys and towering peaks – some never came back. True, today’s Rockies are dotted with civilization.