Western U.S.

Welcome to the Ultimate Western United States Travel Guide!

This region consists of these states: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

The Western United States is known for the Rocky Mountains, National Parks, Las Vegas, bison, and wide-open spaces.

Whatever kind of adventure you want to have in the Western U.S., this guide has everything you need for planning a trip!

Ready to plan your trip? Then here’s your ultimate Western United States travel guide!

Know Before You Go

Towns and gas stations can be few and far between in some parts of the West. So make sure you always have enough gas to get where you’re going.


Top Cities to Visit

Aspen, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salt Lake City, Utah

Whitefish, Montana – the gateway town to Glacier National Park

Best Time To Visit


Fall is a fantastic season to visit the West because the temperatures have cooled off, but the days are still long and sunny. The foliage will be changing into vibrant colors in every state. Plus, prices and tourist numbers will be decreasing from the peak summer season.

You’ll want layers for the mornings and evenings, and in late-October and November, you’ll need warmer layers for the whole day, especially in the higher elevations.

During these months, all of the National Parks and roads will still be open.


In Winter, you can choose between snow resorts like Aspen, Vail, and Jackson Hole. Or you can head to the deserts for drier weather.

But even in the deserts, the weather will be cold, so make sure you come with plenty of layers.

Winter is the low travel season for the West. So prices and tourist numbers will be at some of their lowest. The exceptions to this are the ski resorts and the National Parks during Christmas and New Year’s.

Some Parks will have trail or road closures, so make sure you check in advance whether a trek or drive is open.

U.S. Ski Resorts are some of the Best Destinations To Visit In February!

The warm, pleasant days and refreshingly cool nights make Spring an excellent time to visit. Wildflowers will be blooming, and you’ll see more wildlife.

All roads and trails will re-open, and as long as you avoid the peak Spring Break weeks from mid-March to early April, the crowds and prices will still be relatively low.

You’ll still want warm layers for the mornings and evenings.


Summer days are sunny and hot. Daytime temperatures can be in the 90s (24-28°C), and temperatures will be even higher in the deserts. The nights will be pleasant temperatures for camping out under the stars.

The northern states and higher elevations can still be chilly in the mornings and evenings, so bring a couple of layers with you.

Be aware that, like most places in the U.S., summer is the peak travel season because of school breaks, so crowds and prices will be at their highest.


Best National & State Parks to Visit

Arches National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Glacier National Park, Montana

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Lake Tahoe State Park, Nevada

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Zion National Park, Utah


The Most Scenic Drives

Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, Wyoming

Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, Utah

Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway, Utah

Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana

Highway 12 in Utah

Lake Tahoe East Shore Drive in Nevada

Million Dollar Highway in Colorado

Red Rock Canyon Backcountry Byway in Nevada

Teton Park Road in Wyoming

Trail Ridge Road in Colorado

My Must-Have Guide Books

Must-Do Excursions

Experience “Big Sky Country” in Glacier National Park

Explore Yellowstone National Park

Visit the Continental Divide

Gamble in Las Vegas

Swim or paddle in Lake Tahoe in Nevada

Visit the Hoover Dam in Nevada

Explore the Grand Canyon


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Local Foods To Try

Buckwheat Pancakes

Jalapeno & Cilantro Soup

Elk Tenderloin

Rocky Mountain Oysters


Utah Scones

Dutch Oven Dinner

One of the over-the-top buffets in Las Vegas

Have you been to this region? Comment below with anything you’d add to this Western United States travel guide!

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This travel guide is not a sponsored post, and, as always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Some of the links in this guide are affiliate links, and, at no cost to you, I may earn a small commission.


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