Home to the California Dream and endless summer’s, the west coast of the United States is something everyone should visit at least once in their life. With kilometres of pristine coastline, internationally famous national parks, beautiful roads, and don’t forget the food, the west coast isn’t lacking in activities.
While there are North American holiday packages available, here are some great locations to check out.
Sequoia National Park
Heading north from Los Angeles, into Visalia, California, you’ll run into the famous Sequoia National Park. Beyond the beauty and vast acreage of this park, Sequoia is home to the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman Tree.
The General Sherman is a giant sequoia, that can grow up to nearly 85m. It’s hard to really understand their size until you’ve seen one face to face.
Apart from the massive trees, the national park is full of wildlife, such as deer, sheep, cougars, bears, and other wildlife you may not otherwise see in other countries. There are great walking trails available, campgrounds and the Tokopah Falls, that are definitely worth checking out.
Napa Valley is home to more than 400 wineries and some of the best wine country in the world. Apart from the wine, the beautiful landscape of rolling hills and vineyards is a great experience in and of itself.
While visiting Napa Valley, you can find luxury accommodation and resorts, with 5-star restaurants and of course wine touring. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can book a hot air balloon ride, to get optimal views of the Valley.
Bordering Nevada, and closing in on Las Vegas, you can find one of the hottest places in the world. If heat isn’t your thing, it’s probably best to avoid this area, although it’s a great location to check off the travel bucket list.
In Death Valley, you’ll find Badwater Basin, which is the lowest point of elevation in the United States. Temperatures in Death Valley can rise over 56 Celsius.
If you’re ready to game the hot temperatures, you can depart on various backpacking trips, camping, and backcountry 4×4 trips. Make sure to pack plenty of water.
Moving north up to just outside of Portland, you can find the nationally renowned Multnomah Falls. Located just 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon, this 611-ft waterfall is easily accessible from the highway, making it ideal for the family or less mobile travellers.
At the basin of the waterfall, you’ll find a bridge that is so close you can feel the spray from the icy waters flowing down. If you want a closer, better view, you can hike up the rock face to the top, where you can look down onto the falls.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park has no shortage of beauty or activities for your west coast trip. With four regions to explore, being coastline, alpine, temperate rainforest, and the drier forests, you have vast choices on how you want to spend your time at the park.
The national park covers nearly a million acres with wilderness protection and abundant ecosystems that differ in each region. From backpacking, fishing and camping, to tide pooling and wildlife viewing, Olympic Park is a must visit.