52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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Canyonlands National Park
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Dinosaur
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Death Valley National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Point Reyes National Seashore
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Paicines
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San Francisco
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Seattle
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North Cascades National Park
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Olympic National Park
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Glacier National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Canyonlands National Park — 1 night

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary site.

Lexington to Canyonlands National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lexington to Canyonlands National Park. When traveling from Lexington in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Canyonlands National Park, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dinosaur.
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Dinosaur — 1 day

Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Dinosaur National Monument.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dinosaur trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Dinosaur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June: high temperatures in Dinosaur hover around 87°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 1 night

The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall, and then admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Dinosaur to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 1st (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 3 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Observation Point and trek along Angel's Landing.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 1 night

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park journey builder site.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 1 night

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 7th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 103°F and lows are around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, cruise along Generals Hwy, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 98°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then trek along Gower Gulch Loop, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Spend the 14th (Wed) among the memorable landscape of Half Dome. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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Lassen Volcanic National Park — 2 nights

In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lassen Peak and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manzanita Lake. On your second day here, contemplate the geological forces at Sulphur Works and then take in the natural beauty of Bumpass Hell.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lassen Volcanic National Park trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Lassen Volcanic National Park. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Lassen Volcanic National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Point Reyes National Seashore — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Stinson Beach and then kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Heidrun Meadery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tule Elk Preserve, and then trek along Point Reyes Hiking Trails.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Point Reyes National Seashore trip planner.

You can drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Point Reyes National Seashore in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Lassen Volcanic National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Point Reyes National Seashore: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paicines.
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Side Trips

Paicines — 6 nights

The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. Get out of town with these interesting Paicines side-trips: Fremont Peak State Park (in San Juan Bautista), Soledad (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Hahn Estate Winery, &more) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Monterey Bay Recreation Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area, explore the different monuments and memorials at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, and have fun at San Lorenzo County Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paicines trip site.

Traveling by car from Point Reyes National Seashore to Paicines takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Paicines, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Lombard Street, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Paicines to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Paicines in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Seattle.
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Seattle — 2 nights

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, make a trip to Space Needle, and take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Seattle are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to North Cascades National Park.
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North Cascades National Park — 2 nights

North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
On the 2nd (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Washington Pass and then take some stellar pictures from Diablo Lake Vista Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Baker Ski Area and then hit the slopes at Mt Baker.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the North Cascades National Park trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to North Cascades National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in North Cascades National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 2 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Crescent and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from North Cascades National Park to Olympic National Park with the Route module. When traveling from North Cascades National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Olympic National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park — 2 nights

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's lots more to do: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Glacier National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Olympic National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 3 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning website.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 13th (Fri), trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Washington State travel guide

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Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.
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