The American West

 The American West Overview

Nestled in the northern part of the USA lies a region that’s truly magical, packed with epic vistas and stunning natural beauty. Comprising of Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, awe-inspiring outdoor adventure awaits visitors here coupled with an abundance of cultural activities. In The American West, you’re bound to experience the unforgettable.

Hike legendary trails in the footsteps of world-famous explorers. Encounter a wide variety of majestic wildlife like North American bison, wild mustangs and moose. And experience the authentic and breath-taking beauty of 15 national parks, monuments and memorials including Yellowstone, Glacier and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks and Craters of the Moon and Mount Rushmore National Monuments.

Here, there’s an idyllic blend of friendly, small-town charm and big city amenities. Vibrant downtown areas welcome you with eclectic restaurants, entertainment and shopping. This is a food lover’s paradise, where you can enjoy fine dining on a downtown rooftop or a rustic meal on an expansive prairie. Pull up a chair for a tasting at a small batch winery or distillery, or toast to your adventures at a beer garden or local craft brewery.

The pioneer spirit is alive in these wide-open spaces. Visit museums to take a hands-on journey into Old West history and Native American cultures. See monuments from battles gone by and come face-to-face with U.S. presidents and colourful characters as you step back in time.

This is The American West – adventurous, genuine, welcoming and full of spectacular natural wonders waiting to be explored.

 

Destination Highlights

Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park

See glistening glaciers in Glacier National Park

Become a cowboy and have a ranch adventure

Visit the massive sculptures of Mount Rushmore

Spectacular wildlife viewing

 

Video Credit: The Great American West

 

Best time to visit The American West

The American West is delightful to visit between June and September when temperatures can get surprisingly high. May, June, September and October can be excellent times to visit with cooler temperatures and fewer visitors. Do note that roads into the national parks tend to open around late May or early June and often close as early as mid September.

Suggested Itineraries, Escorted Tours and Accommodation in The American West

View our suggestions for what is possible when you travel in The American West, and see itinerary routes and escorted tours we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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This is America’s most rugged region, where you can explore Wild West landscapes; discover native culture, mountains and ranches.

Here you can explore wild west landscapes and take part in activities such as horse riding, fishing and driving cattle on a ranching holiday, embark on an adventure through several of the regions incredible National Parks and visit national memorials such as Mount Rushmore. View bubbling mudpots and spurting geysers in Yellowstone National Park, shimmering glaciers and crystal clear lakes in Glacier National Park and towering sand dunes or snow-capped peaks in Colorado. These incredible landscapes are all enhanced by the abundant wildlife on show; from the mighty bison, bear, moose and elk to wolf, coyote, bobcat, bighorn sheep and mountain goat.

Witness the immense size of The Rockies and the American West. Spanning several states, the region offers breath-taking scenery from dramatic wilderness to alpine lakes.

Idaho offers Hells Canyon-deeper than the Grand Canyon; Shoshone Falls-higher than Niagara Falls; and the Bruneau Sand Dunes-larger than the dunes of Death Valley. Idaho also has the most designated wilderness area outside of Alaska. .

In the north, Montana’s ranch lands are peppered with atmospheric small towns and the sites of historic battles such as Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee. The state’s undulating landscape comes to an abrupt halt as the mighty Rocky Mountains rise skywards.

Colorado is home to some of the USA’s most magnificent mountain ranges, an abundance of outdoor activities and the incredible Pueblo Indian houses of Mesa Verde National Park.

Wyoming embodies cowboy culture like no other state, with its rolling grasslands and small Western towns, and visitors can get in on the action with a stay at a working ranch.

In neighbouring South Dakota the beautiful Black Hills offer excellent hiking, historic towns and the gigantic memorials of Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore.

Create your own legend in North Dakota. The state’s National Parks, historic sites, museums and galleries are bursting with history and inspiring things to do, and with an abundance of outdoor activities, wildlife and colourful events, North Dakota has it all.