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Bison range in Western Montana's Glacier Country
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Travel Spotlights: West Region

Modern cities and rustic landscapes coexist splendidly in this land of exciting contrasts. From the majestic Rocky Mountains to the bright lights of Las Vegas, the West is truly a wonder.

River with rapids along the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway in Idaho
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Idaho

Memorable Adventures

Home to more kilometers of designated wilderness than anywhere else in the continental USA, Idaho’s beautifully wild spaces offer endless adventures. Hike, bike, paddle or motor through its national forests, mountains, sand dunes, waterfalls and ancient lava flows. Cruise 31 designated scenic byways throughout Idaho.

International Dark Skies

Stargazers and night owls rejoice: Idaho is home to the USA’s first International Dark Sky Reserve along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. Thanks to the absence of light pollution, these areas are the perfect places to pitch a tent and marvel at dazzling constellations.

Cultural Surprises

In addition to its lively outdoor experiences, visitors to Idaho can also enjoy many cultural and culinary offerings. From otherworldly ghost towns and historic sites to lively festivals and wineries with breathtaking views, there’s something for everyone.

Water Experiences

A water-lover’s paradise, Idaho boasts epic whitewater rafting in wild waterways like the Lower Salmon River. But if you prefer a more relaxed vibe, the state’s gorgeous lakes and streams are ideal for fishing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, tubing and more.

Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway

Meandering through 225 kilometers of stunning terrain, central Idaho’s Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway is a must-drive. Marvel at the state’s tallest peak, Mount Borah, and hike to ancient lava flows at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve.

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Another outstanding road trip, the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, the longest official byway in the state, stretches 325 kilometers through the Bitterroot Mountains. Stop to fish, hike and gaze at sweeping vistas along part of Lewis and Clark’s path through north-central Idaho.

Sacajawea Historic Byway

Along the 212-kilometer Sacajawea Historic Byway lies the Charcoal Kilns Interpretive Site, an 1880s mining landmark. Soak in its history before visiting the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, & Educational Center, named after the extraordinary Lemhi Shoshone woman who aided Lewis and Clark.

St. Joe River Scenic Byway

Cruise along the St. Joe River Scenic Byway, home to captivating wildlife like elk, moose and bald eagles. Stop to explore quaint towns nestled along the St. Joe River and to experience world-class fly fishing and paddling.

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Old-West history meets rugged beauty in the USA’s deepest river gorge – Hells Canyon. Hike or ride horseback through its scenic trails, scope out grazing bighorn sheep and take an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting excursion on the Snake River.

Route of the Hiawatha

Rent a bicycle at Lookout Pass and cruise along the picturesque biking trails of the Route of the Hiawatha. The abandoned railroad line turned multi-use trail goes through tunnels and over trestles while offering unparalleled views of the surrounding Bitterroot Mountains.

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Downtown Boise, Idaho and surrounding landscape
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Boise, Idaho

Idaho’s capital city of Boise is filled with creature comforts and small-town charms. Enjoy boutique shops, over 100 restaurants and seemingly endless trails and greenspaces in the walkable downtown. Looking for more outdoor adventure? Try whitewater rafting, tubing or hiking nearby. Learn more

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Hikers and their dogs in the Owyhee Mountains of Southwest Idaho
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Southwest Idaho

Explore the rugged, wide open spaces of Southwest Idaho. Take a motorcycle tour across stunning landscapes, venture to surreal ghost towns, hike breathtaking trails in the Owyhee Mountains and cruise multiple scenic byways through naturally stunning backcountry. Learn more
Hiker overlooking Custer State Park in South Dakota
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South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Visit one of the world’s most recognized attractions – Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Enjoy behind-the-scenes insights at the Sculptor’s Studio and stay for the exciting and educational Evening Lighting Ceremony. Located in the Black Hills, the memorial is surrounded by wilderness waiting to be explored.

Badlands National Park

The rugged beauty of Badlands National Park is calling with buttes, canyons and otherworldly landscapes. Drive the 63-kilometer Badlands Loop Scenic Byway, hike the Notch Trail and search for bighorn sheep and other majestic wildlife. Sunsets at Panorama Point or Big Badlands Overlook are magical.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Be a part of history by visiting the largest in-progress sculpture in the world. Watch live crews sculpt the granite memorial honoring legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse, then explore museums and attractions along Avenue of Chiefs.

Historic Deadwood

Revisit the Wild West in the Gold Rush-era town of Deadwood – a National Historic Landmark District. Watch reenactments and stagecoach races, take selfies in front of well-preserved period buildings, tour the museums and take a wagon ride through town.

Jewel Cave National Monument

Home to over 315 kilometers of mapped passageways, the Jewel Cave National Monument is a sight to behold with seemingly endless caverns to explore. Take a guided tour through this natural maze covered in the sparkling organic crystals which give Jewel Cave its name.

Wind Cave National Monument

Expect wild and wonderful adventures both above and below ground at Wind Cave National Park. Above, keep an eye out for bison, elk and prairie dogs while hiking. Below, wander one of the longest underground caves in the world with 250 kilometers of explorable space.

Missouri River

The Missouri River is a launchpad for epic adventures. Boat, fish or swim in refreshing waters. Relax on beaches on Farm Island or explore the riverside woodlands of LaFramboise Island near the state capital city of Pierre, two of dozens of recreation areas dotting its shores.

Native Culture

Home to nine Indigenous American tribes, South Dakota offers a wealth of opportunities to see culture in action. Attend a traditional powwow, visit the active archaeological site of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, take in the Dignity sculpture and experience breathtaking cultural spots surrounded by the state’s natural beauty.

Lewis & Clark Trail

Journey across South Dakota in the footsteps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark. Visit the Fort Randall Dam and other historic sites along the trail or while away the afternoon swimming, fishing or sailing the waterways at the Lewis & Clark Recreation Area.

Great Finds Passport

Endless hidden gems are scattered among South Dakota’s most popular attractions. Explore like a local with the mobile-exclusive Great Finds Passport designed to help you discover under-the-radar restaurants, lodging accommodations and so much more throughout this beautiful and activity-filled state.

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Zip line at Rushmore Tramway Adventures in Keystone, South Dakota
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Black Hills & Badlands, South Dakota

Among the Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota are multiple national parks and monuments, Old West towns, adrenaline-pumping adventures, Indigenous American cultural experiences and scenic byways taking you through wide open spaces. Mount Rushmore is far from the only can’t-miss attraction in the area. Learn more

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Buffalo herd in Custer State Park, South Dakota
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Custer State Park, South Dakota

Home to epic landscapes, scenic hikes and over 1,400 free-roaming bison, Custer State Park in South Dakota is an outdoor adventurer’s dream. Paddle or kayak Sylvan Lake, cruise the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway and marvel at the towering granite spires. Learn more

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Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls is surprising in all the right ways. Visit the city’s namesake at Falls Park before catching some live music nearby at the Levitt outdoor amphitheater. Downtown, enjoy the city’s eclectic dining scene and stroll along the always-evolving SculptureWalk. Learn more

Colorado

Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado
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Peak Adventures

Colorado’s soaring peaks and picturesque valleys were made for epic outdoor adventure. Aspen offers four seasons of fun, including being home to top mountain resorts. Photograph the gorgeous Maroon Bells or wander the beautifully landscaped John Denver Sanctuary before trying out the eclectic dining scene.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
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Sandy Explorations

Home to the tallest sand dunes in the USA, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a spectacle to behold. Rent sandboards and sand sleds for a fun day gliding down the dunes. Hike in the adjacent mountains and up to Zapata Falls.

Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
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Mesa Marvels

In Mesa Verde National Park, marvel at 600 cliff dwellings like the awe-inspiring Cliff Palace – an Ancestral Puebloan structure featuring over 150 rooms. With more than 5,000 historic sites, the park is the largest archeological preserve in the USA.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Elevated Experiences

Witness the Continental Divide as it cuts through Colorado from the scenic Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiking, biking, camping and wildlife-viewing only scratch the surface of what you can experience throughout the park and in forests all over the state.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
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Trailblazing and Stargazing

An International Dark Sky Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a stunning place to view stars in the night sky. Fish the Gunnison River, hike the North and South Rims or take a scenic drive around this uncrowded gem.

Denver, Colorado

Denver Union Station in downtown Denver, Colorado
Denver Union Station

Big-City Energy

Pedestrian-friendly and welcoming, downtown Denver is alive with energy. Shop and dine your way through the 16th Street Mall, a mile-long pedestrian promenade. Enjoy world-class museums, performing arts, live music venues and Larimer Square’s historic buildings award winning restaurants.

Coors Field during a Colorado Rockies game in Denver, Colorado
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Sports Town

With six professional sports teams and three downtown stadiums, Denver is one of the USA’s top sports destinations. Catch all the pro football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey and soccer action, then visit stadium adjacent breweries and nightlife.

Love this City Mural in downtown Denver, Colorado
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Cultural Colorado

Denver’s art and culture scene is anything but predictable. Visit seven unique art districts with famous public works like the Love This City Mural and the beloved Blue Bear. The Denver Art Museum entices art lovers with 70,000 works from around the world.