WEST USA (MOUNTAINS) TRAVEL GUIDE

West USA is typically defined by the mountain states incorporating the ranges of the Cascade Mountains and the famous Rocky Mountains.

Our one regret is we ran out of time to explore this region more in-depth on our USA road trip. We have plans to return.

Scroll below to find some of our highlights and favorite experiences so far in the mountain states, including stunning national parks and road trip ideas.

WEST USA HIGHLIGHTS

Overlooking Jenny Lake. One of the best things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Visiting Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming in a day

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming was the last experience on our one year USA road trip. I wish it wasn’t, because by this stage […]

Best things to do in Yellowstone National Park

23 Incredible Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park (for first time visitors)

Are you planning to visit Yellowstone for the first time and are researching what are the best things to do in Yellowstone National Park? Get […]

Grinnell Lake on the Grinnell Glacier Trail

15 Unforgettable Things to Do in Glacier National Park, Montana

Oh my, Glacier National Park in Montanta is an unforgettable USA travel experience. Jagged snowcapped peaks and glacier blanketed ridges stand guard over green and […]

things to do in Idaho

20 Amazing Things to Do In Idaho For First Time Visitors!

We never knew that there were so many amazing things to do in Idaho until our recent visit. I was looking for a state to […]

We had amazing time in Idaho. Thank you to all your information. We won't see all of it if I didn't read your post about Idaho.
We did your recommended horseback riding, found your Hot Springs and did the hiking to Goldbug Hot Spring and stopped by Craters of the Moon National Monument. Everything Idaho was amazing.

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FEATURED VIDEO: Route of the Hiawatha, Idaho

A fun and off the beaten path adventure in Idaho and the mountain states, is the 15 mile Route of the Hiawatha bike trail.

WHAT MOUNTAIN STATE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

The West USA Mountain States includes the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming.

Some include Utah and Nevada, but we have included them in our Southwest USA region.

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Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

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ALL WEST USA ARTICLES

10 Fun Things To Do in Colorado (outdoors in summer and winter)

By Nick W. | August 18, 2020

The Centennial State is one of the best year-round travel and outdoor leisure destinations in the USA. No matter when you visit, there will always be plenty of fun things to do in Colorado. From […]

Overlooking Jenny Lake. One of the best things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Visiting Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming in a day

By Caroline Makepeace | February 10, 2020

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming was the last experience on our one year USA road trip. I wish it wasn’t, because by this stage of our long trip I was really at the I […]

Best things to do in Yellowstone National Park

23 Incredible Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park (for first time visitors)

By Caroline Makepeace | January 31, 2020

Are you planning to visit Yellowstone for the first time and are researching what are the best things to do in Yellowstone National Park? Get excited, it’s one of the best National Parks in the […]

Grinnell Lake on the Grinnell Glacier Trail

15 Unforgettable Things to Do in Glacier National Park, Montana

By Caroline Makepeace | January 7, 2020

Oh my, Glacier National Park in Montanta is an unforgettable USA travel experience. Jagged snowcapped peaks and glacier blanketed ridges stand guard over green and blue hued lakes, whilst wildflowers and wildlife fill alpine meadows […]

things to do in Idaho

20 Amazing Things to Do In Idaho For First Time Visitors!

By Caroline Makepeace | October 16, 2019

We never knew that there were so many amazing things to do in Idaho until our recent visit. I was looking for a state to wow me on our one-year USA road trip. Many states […]

Montana fall hiking and wildlife viewing

5 Places to Visit in Montana for Superb Fall Hiking and Wildlife Viewing

By Caroline Makepeace | August 24, 2018

What a way to experience the spectacular beauty of Montana than with the golden colors of Fall hiking and wildlife viewing. Here are some cool places to do it.

Native American Indian pow wow

5 Memorable Native American Cultural Experiences in Montana

By Caroline Makepeace | May 9, 2018

American Indian culture is alive and thriving in modern galleries, powwows, museum exhibits, film festivals and restaurants. Montana is a state rich with Native American history and culture. Here are 5 Native American cultural experiences to have in Montana – colorful and fun

Independence Pass Aspen Snowmass Colorado

A visit to Snowmass, Colorado

By Caroline Makepeace | July 11, 2016

OMG, I fell in love with Snowmass, Colorado. It was the vision I’ve had for years of my perfect mountain town appeared for me – warm, friendly, homegrown, small-town, perfect for families, unpretentious, with plenty […]

riding the Cherry Creek Trail Denver

Things to do in Denver, Colorado in two days

By Caroline Makepeace | June 29, 2016

Denver is one of the coolest cities in the US. It’s a mile high, has a huge outdoor culture, a fanatical sports following, a growing craft brew scene and emerging foodie scene. There are many, […]

Things to do in Colorado bucket list

A bucket list of Colorado tips and highlights

By Craig Makepeace | April 19, 2016

Welcome to our things to do in Colorado bucket list. This is your hub for all the best places to visit in CO, including top Colorado attractions, cool cities, unique outdoor adventures and ski vacation fun. You’ll find […]

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