USA: 5 Lesser-Known Destinations to Visit in the West

When one thinks of visiting the West Coast, usually big cities come to mind. Here are five lesser-known destinations to visit in the west!

USA: 5 Lesser-Known Destinations to Visit in the West

When one thinks of visiting the West Coast, usually big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco or Las Vegas come to mind. Many don’t realize that there are so many other great places to see, especially for nature enthusiasts. While it is certainly well worth visiting the popular destinations, there are other sites that will make a trip to the West coast memorable as well. Often times, the landscape may be something entirely different than you could see at home, which makes it all the more worth the visit!

Here are some of the places worth visiting along the West coast:

1) Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Located in Nevada and Arizona, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are famous sites to visit as well as important sites in the west. Located along the Colorado River, Lake Mead is the reservoir that is formed by the Hoover Dam, which is the largest reservoir in the States. The two are sites that millions of tourists visit every year and have great importance not only in the West but also across the United States, as it provides water for over 25 million people.

2) Solvang

If you want to travel along the west coast, but also experience a little piece of Denmark while you’re here, be sure to stop of at Solvang. It is a popular and unique spot along the west coast because there aren’t many places outside of Denmark where you can experience the character that this village has to offer, complete with a windmill! There are also quint cafes, restaurants and streets where you can wander and get a taste of something different here.

When one thinks of visiting the West Coast, usually big cities come to mind. Here are five lesser-known destinations to visit in the west!

3) Kings Canyon National Park

There are many national parks throughout California, and Kings Canyon is an underrated one that is also incredibly beautiful, known for its sequoia trees. It is in fact, home to largest remaining grove of sequoia trees. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada, you can visit the Roaring River Falls and the famous redwood tree, the General Grant Tree, while you’re here and take in the scenery of both the park and expansive views. This is a site that even John Muir named a rival to Yosemite Valley.

4) Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Lakes are a popular destination for those in southern California especially because while this destination has incredible sites year-round, it is particularly well-known for its ski resorts. The resorts operate from November to June, and it has one of the top resorts in all of the state. While you’re here, be sure to also visit the Rainbow Falls and the Devils Postpile.

5) Lassen Volcanic National Park

To see an active volcano along the west coast, head to Lassen Volcanic National Park. You’ll also get to see and visit hot springs, forest, plenty of hiking trails and expansive views. While here, stop off at Bumpass Hell, a geothermal area where you can experience the hot springs and volcanic landscape. 

Have you been to any of these places? If so, which one and would you recommend visiting?

 

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