60 days in Mexico, United States, South Pacific & Canada Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, United States, South Pacific & Canada Itinerary

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Lahaina, United States
— 5 nights
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Honolulu, United States
— 6 nights
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Tumon, Guam
— 2 nights
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Juneau, United States
— 2 nights
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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, United States
— 1 night
Drive to Juneau International Airport, Fly to Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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Seattle, United States
— 4 nights
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Victoria, Canada
— 3 nights
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Tofino, Canada
— 2 nights
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Vancouver, Canada
— 6 nights
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Portland, United States
— 3 nights
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Boise, United States
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, United States
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park, United States
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park, United States
— 5 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 6 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

— 5 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia San Jose and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery and Golden Cactus Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Cabo San Lucas: San Jose del Cabo (Plaza Mijares & Tanya Talamante). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Maria Beach, explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas driving holiday planner.

Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cabo San Lucas, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Lahaina, United States

— 5 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Visit Napili Beach and Wailea Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Makena Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park II, Kamaole Beach Park III, &more), Wailea (Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach Path, &more) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Nakalele Blowhole, contemplate the waterfront views at Lahaina Harbor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Coastal Trail, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cabo San Lucas to Lahaina takes 13.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mexican Pacific Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Honolulu, United States

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Get in touch with nature at Lanikai Beach and Photography Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei). There's lots more to do: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, stroll through Sharks Cove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planner.

Getting from Lahaina to Honolulu by flight takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Tumon.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tumon, Guam

— 2 nights
Lazing on the beach and cooling off in the clear water remain the most popular things to do in Tumon, the busiest resort town in Guam.
On the 24th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ypao Beach Park, kick back and relax at Matapang Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Piti Bomb Holes Preserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gab Gab Beach, and finally trek along Jungle Rules Adventure Tours. On your second day here, Head underground at Marbo Cave, then kick back and relax at Gun Beach, then stroll through Tumon Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fai Fai Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tumon using our trip planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Tumon in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) to Chamorro Standard Time (ChST) is 20 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Honolulu in December since evenings lows in Tumon dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Tumon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Juneau, United States

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 26th (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Eaglecrest Ski Area, indulge in some personalized pampering at Glacier Salt Cave & Spa, then make a trip to Alaska Governor’s Mansion, then stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, and finally examine the collection at Sealaska Heritage - Walter Soboleff Building. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, then hit the slopes at Alaska Powder Descents, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally identify plant and animal life at Treadwell Historic Mine Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tumon to Juneau takes 25 hours. You'll gain 19 hours traveling from Tumon to Juneau due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Tumon in December: high temperatures in Juneau hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides a glimpse of what much of the planet looked like when it emerged from the Ice Age.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve journey builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In December in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Seattle, United States

— 4 nights

Emerald City

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.
Shop till you drop at Fairhaven Historic District and Pioneer Square. Get some cultural insight at LeMay - America's Car Museum and Washington State History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Everett (Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum & Schack Art Center). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellevue Botanical Garden, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to Seattle. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in December: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Victoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria, Canada

— 3 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Craigdarroch Castle and Royal BC Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Scenic Marine Route. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get to know the fascinating history of Inner Harbour, and stroll around Beacon Hill Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Seattle to Victoria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Victoria are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Tofino, Canada

— 2 nights
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the 5th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Rim National Park. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Long Beach, then trek along Rainforest Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Pacific Trail.

Plan trip to Tofino with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Victoria to Tofino in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Victoria in January since evenings lows in Tofino dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Tofino

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Vancouver, Canada

— 6 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Granville Island and Spicy Sports. Museum of Anthropology and Burnaby Village Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vancouver: Whistler (Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Village Sports, &more), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Chilliwack) and Brackendale Eagle Reserve (in Squamish). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall, admire the natural beauty at VanDusen Botanical Garden, take a leisurely stroll along Steveston Heritage Fishing Village, and buy something for everyone on your list at Lansdowne Shopping Centre.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vancouver route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Tofino to Vancouver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tofino in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Vancouver, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Vancouver

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Portland, United States

— 3 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Step off the beaten path and head to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. We've included these beaches for you: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (in Hood River), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Historic Carousel and Museum, view the masterpieces at Live Laugh Love Art, and stop by Powell's City of Books.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Portland planner.

Fly from Vancouver to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Boise, United States

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 16th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Bogus Basin, contemplate the long history of Old Idaho Penitentiary, and then hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Boise itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Boise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in January, things will get little chillier in Boise: highs are around 2°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, don't miss a visit to Tunnel Log, then stroll through Moro Rock Trail, and finally take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Redwood Canyon Trail, then trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and then trek along Big Baldy.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Boise to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Boise in January, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park, United States

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and El Capitan. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Half Dome, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, and surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (7°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Death Valley National Park, United States

— 5 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Golden Canyon and Badwater Basin. Step out of the city life by going to Zabriskie Point and Devil's Golf Course. Explore Death Valley National Park's surroundings by going to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley) and Death Valley Nut & Candy (in Beatty). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Artists Dr, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, and see a world frozen in time at Ballarat.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park itinerary planning website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are much warmer (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Las Vegas, United States

— 6 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and The LINQ Promenade. Appreciate the collections at Shelby American Inc and Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Casino at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort (in Laughlin) and Historic Route 66 Museum (in Kingman). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. January in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Guam travel guide

3.5
Beaches · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Indigenous, Spanish colonial, and American influences are all visible during a vacation in Guam, a Pacific island that forms part of the Mariana Archipelago. First settled by the indigenous Chamorro people centuries ago, the island was "discovered" by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521-- Spanish colonial powers eventually settled the island in 1668. Today the island is a U.S. territory, with many mainland U.S. citizens choosing to visit Guam as a visa-free way to enjoy the Pacific. Tourism in Guam focuses heavily on the island's picturesque beaches, extensive diving opportunities, and indigenous culture and history.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
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.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

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.