TOP 5 places to visit on the West Coast

Written by Elena Redondo
Published November 21, 2021

Of course lot of your maps are about the amazing USA West Coast. We are not surprised, as is one of the best regions to visit. The whole region is filled with everything you can imagine for a perfect travel. From the most amazing Cities, to stunning National Parks to most unforgettable landscapes.

The age-old debate of which coast is the best has been going on longer than most of us can probably remember, but that doesn’t mean we still won’t entertain the argument! The East Coast has its tempting offerings but here are lots of reasons why the West Coast is ultimately the best coast.

You can be sure that renting a car and driving all across the West Coast it is totally worth it! And ops… don’t miss any of the N-Out Burgers, a secret pleasure.

Yes, it is really hard to tell you just 5 places, but we will do our best to make it easy. Even though, please, get to discover as many places as possible!

So, all that said, fasten just seatbelt and enjoy the flight:

1. Horseshoe Bend

Many travelers ended up getting to know the Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona, when we looked for how to get to one of the most photographed gorges in the world, Antelope Canyon. And when we discover the Horseshoe Bend, it ends up being a must-see too. These two places are so close that they can be visited in the same day.

As its name says, it is a curve that draws the Colorado River in the shape of a horseshoe and that thanks to its easy access and social networks, in recent years, has become one of the most popular images spectacular views of the West Coast of the United States.

top 5 places to visit in the West Coast, Horseshoe Bend
Photo: Taylor Bryant – @taybry11

2. San Francisco

If you had any doubt that this was a must, take note. You really want to get the vibe of this city, get mixed with the people, in the neighbourghoods. Also The Prision of Alcatraz is one of the most visited places in San Francisco if you are looking something different.

On the other side, the Golden Gate is the key of San Francisco, as it is its symbol. If we can give an advice, rent a bike an enjoy that amazing Gate crossing it. Among other places don’t forget to visit: Painted Ladies, The Bae Aquarium, Grace Cathedral and a large number of museum if you want to get the glimpsed

top 5 places to visit in the West Coast, San Francisco
Renee Roaming • Travel & Adventure – @reneeroaming

3. Yosemite

Don’t pretend you didn’t know it. Is one of the most amazing Natural Parks in the West Coast. One of the main tourist attractions in the Western United States is Yosemite National Park. Its exuberant nature and its relative proximity to cities like San Francisco or Los Angeles make it a must on any route through the western US Now, precisely because of its popularity, it is a visit that should be prepared well in advance. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to visiting Yosemite. We hope it helps you!

top 5 places to visit in the West Coast, Yosemite
Photo: Eric Rubens 

4. Monument Valley

If we see where Monument Valley is on a map, on the border between Utah and Arizona, it will quite possibly be the easternmost point we visit on our trip to the West Coast, or we may even think about discarding it from our travel itinerary because it is too far from other points of interest.

Can you drive to Monument Valley? You can drive yourself around Monument Valley Park. Once you’ve entered Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, you’ll be able to self-drive around the beautiful terrain. With map in hand, an explorer’s spirit and good suspension (on your car), you’ll be ready for anything.

top 5 places to visit in the West Coast, Monument Valley
Photo: Haveseen

5. Bryce Canyon

Despite its name, Bryce Canyon National Park is not a canyon, nor has it been formed by the erosion of a river. It is a large natural amphitheater that has been created on the side of a plateau with thousands of pinnacles and rock spiers that the Americans call “hoodoos”, which means “spell” in Spanish. For this reason, they are known as fairy chimneys.

Surely that was what happened to us when we visited Bryce Canyon National Park for the first time years ago. We think it was the novelty of a landscape that our brain did not have recorded on its “hard drive.” But when we visited this park again last year, it happened again. Once again we fell under the spell of a surprising landscape.

top 5 places to visit in the West Coast, Bryce Canyon
Sunrise Point – Trailhead from www.avenlylanetravel.com

6. Antelope Canyon

One of the differences between both canyons is that the upper one is at ground level, and the lower one is inside it, yes, yes, you read correctly, you have to go down some stairs that are in one of those cracks in the ground. Another difference between the two is that the upper is better known, (not for that reason more beautiful!), And therefore, more tourists go. Although both are increasingly overcrowded.

We recommended you to stay in Page to be able to go to both canyons, what we totally think its worth it.

top 5 places to visit in the West Coast, Antelope Canyon
Kayaking to Antelope Canyon – Courtney Johnson – @therealcpj

7. Las Vegas

Obviously, we could not leave this one out. Even when we hesitate between this one or Los Angeles (yes, if you have the time, you should drive there too) but Las Vegas if something you won’t see in any other place.

A priori, it may seem that there is little to see and do in Las Vegas and there you can only go to waste money in casinos or company women. In fact, it is known as the “adult amusement park”.

But this is not the case. Las Vegas is experiencing a unique sociological phenomenon, being the North American city that has grown the most in the last 20 years. The Hispanic origin of its name is more than evident, but what you don’t know is that until relatively recently, only 160 years ago, this mega city was an abandoned desert that belonged to Mexico. Imagine the antiquity of Spanish cities like Cádiz, founded by the Phoenicians in 1104 BC. compared to Las Vegas, named after the Spanish Antonio Armijo when he was traveling the “Old Spanish Trail” in 1829.

In the low valleys of the valley there were springs, which always favored the settlement of people. In 1900 the springs were channeled making drinking water, so Las Vegas became a stop on the rail line that went from New Mexico to Los Angeles.

In 1931 gambling was legalized, thus beginning its worldwide fame and the first casinos began to be built. Since the 1950s, the casino game has been complemented with musical shows in Las Vegas, hence the communion that always existed between Elvis Presley and the city was born.

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Conclusion

We hope this help you plan your next travel to the West Coast. It is absolutely a dream to discover this amazing places. The West Coast is a region where you get all the highlights and discover every landscape you can imaging, from large cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood or the light of Las Vegas, to the best natural spots like the Grand Canyon or de Antelope Canyon.

You already know that when you travel, you live the adventure three times:

  • When you plan it
  • When you live it
  • When you remember it

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