Winning the West


Winning the West

Places west of the Rockies that will win you over

Written by Karli Moats | Healthy-Mag.com

When we dream of vacationing we usually envision a miraculous beach, outdoor adventures, and the stunning wonders of the world.  And tied to these dreams are some mental roadblocks: flying across the globe will drain the bank, work won’t let you and the kids can’t come. Blast past those roadblocks with these sensational vacation spots west of the Rocky Mountains, seven places in your own country that the whole world should see

Yosemite National Park, CA:  You may have missed your chance last year to see the impressive park when it temporarily closed its doors due the government shutdown in 2013. However, 2014 will give way to the 150th year of Yosemite National Park, which also gives way to an incredible vacation spot. From the majestic mountains, valley floor, world renown Half-Dome, and not to mention the brilliant waterfalls, you will find plenty to do and plenty to see in this awe-inspiring trip.  

Central Coast, CA: Stretching from Ventura County (North of Los Angeles) all the way to Santa Clara County (South of San Francisco) lies 350 miles of coastal beach towns that hug the historic Highway 1.  Four major regions including Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey make up this dream vacation.  Giving you anything from sun and saltwater to ancient castles to legendary farmers markets, you’ll find plenty to do as you glide the coast. End your trip in the north with the spirited Santa Cruz.  Here you’ll spend your days kayaking, zip-lining, and touching sharks at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Central Coast, CA lets you have it all, so don’t wait to live up your getaway dreams among these staggering scenic cities. 

Crater Lake, Oregon: Want to go deep for this years vacation? Check out Crater Lake located in the south of Oregon. Crater Lake, which stands as the deepest lake in the United States, lures visitors in with her dark blue color and countless activities for the entire family.  Scuba diving, boat tours, zip-lining, and hiking are only a few of the adventures you will experience while surrounded with the crisp Oregon air and stately setting. For the optimum trip, visit in the summer months when all facilities, activities, and roads are open. 

Park City, UT: Adventure, culture, arts, and relaxation are rare to find all in one place.  Park City, Utah however offers it all.  Home to three world renown resorts (Park City Mountain, Deer Valley, and Canyons), Park City is one of the best kept secrets in the west.  Experience the ride of your life with the historic Alpine Coaster, become an athlete as you bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park, or even enjoy a concert as you attend the Deer Valley Music Festival.  So whether it be hot air ballooning or a good game of golf, Park City is waiting to offer you all she has. 

Sun Valley, ID: Want the Hollywood ski town without the cost or lines? Enter Sun Valley, ID. The outdoorsy feel in summer will blossom you into biking, rafting, hiking, and eating back all those calories with delicious food. Moving into the winter months will find you strapped to your skis as you glide down the mountains. You won’t miss a moment as you awe at the scenery and spend much needed time getting that fresh air you’ve missed all year. 

Lana’i Hawaii: In 2012, 98% of Lana’i was purchased and is said to be changing into an expensive island filled with ritzy hotels and dollar bill signs. Currently, however, the island offers isolated beaches, local food, and extreme sports for all to enjoy. The islands current allure lies in its culture, down-to-earth experience, and luxurious vacationing for a small dollar. You need to get this island while it lasts, for in a couple years that little money sign may turn big. 

Lake Powell, UT & AZ:  Grab your jet skis and boat as you gear up for a tour through the crystal water and red rock of Lake Powell.  Here you will find the perfect getaway for your family as you water ski between some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Whether it be on a houseboat, or just camping, you will find enough here to fill up your thrill tank for the whole year. 

So pack your bags my friends, because with these tantalizing trips you are about to have the vacation of your lifetime. Whether it be that relaxing weekendor that rushing adventure, the west is calling, and you must go. 

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