There are few places in the United States that compare with the west coast of America, particularly around the Californian region. With a combination of both city sightseeing in and around L.A and San Francisco as well as outdoor exploring across landscapes such as The Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, keeping yourself occupied is never going to be a problem.
When most people think of the west coast, California is one of the main regions to spring to mind. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in America as well as some of the most vibrant and unique cities the state of California is one destination that should feature high on anyone’s list.
Although Los Angeles is the most populated city in California, San Francisco is one of the most popular for tourists. It is here that the world famous Golden Gate Bridge – arguably one of America’s top ten construction marvels – is located. Another popular attraction is Alcatraz Island. Once a federal prison, Alcatraz has been renovated into a national recreation area and well worth visiting on a trip to San Francisco, due to its long, colourful history.
Just outside of San Francisco lies the region’s famous wine country. In the area just north of the city, there are more than 400 wineries – many of which have an international presence on shop shelves. Wine tours are therefore extremely popular and provide an excellent opportunity to sample some of the regions favourite wines and examine some of the viticulture techniques that have made California one of the world’s top wine producers.
Outside of the wineries and into Eastern California, another unforgettable destination is Yosemite National Park. Spanning nearly 2,000 square miles, there are few places in the world that provide such a vast, unspoilt recreational landscape for visitors and tourists to enjoy.
The landscape in Yosemite is made up of waterfalls, overwhelming granite cliffs and clear, unpolluted streams. Although Yosemite attracts more than 3.5 million people every year, the park – as a World Heritage site – is carefully protected by the US government and so has remained unspoilt by tourism.
Another area of immense natural beauty is the Grand Canyon. Located just below California, the Grand Canyon is located within the state of Arizona and for the most part is contained within the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Grand Canyon is a steep dry gorge that was formed by the Colorado River over a six million year period. At around 227 miles long and with width ranging as far as 18 miles, it truly is one the largest and most unique attractions to see on the West Coast of America, making it a popular destination for both locals and visitors to explore.
Although there are many other places to visit along the west coast, some of the most interesting and most exciting USA holidays can be experienced in and around the California area. From the cultural sights of San Francisco to the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park, a holiday along America’s west coast promises to be nothing short of amazing.