US Map Series – Part 1: Out West

Here at AurTravel, we like to explore and experience everything we can across the globe. But sometimes in our search for adventure we forget about some of the worldly beauties we can experience a little closer to home. Over the next few months, we’re going to take you on a tour of the U.S. separated by region, starting with the West!

The West is categorized as California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. It is full of national and state parks for you to explore and observe. So if you’re ready to lace up your hiking boots and go on an adventure, one of these Western states could be just the place for you!

California: “The Golden State.” There is no shortage of tourist attractions in California…Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, The Golden Gate Bridge, the San Diego Zoo, Catalina Island, and not to mention the multiple state and national parks. Basically anything you want from fast-paced LA shopping district to a long leisurely hike through Yosemite National Park, you can find it in California.

Oregon: “We Like It Here. You Might Too” Oregon is a haven for both outdoor and cultural adventures.  No shortage of state parks, trails, and gardens to visit and explore, as well as iconic foodie hot spots like Voodoo Doughnut, La Pigeon, and Saturday Portland Farmer’s Market where you can get fresh, local, seasonal foods from across the state.

Washington: “The State” Waterfalls, hiking trails, and coffee…what more do you need? Washington has plenty in each category to offer. So grab your reusable coffee mug, fill it up at a local shop, and go explore some of the beautiful sights.

Idaho: “Famous Potatoes” Well their potatoes may be famous, but that’s not all Idaho is good for. Much like the other more well-known states in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho boasts some of the country’s most beautiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and national parks including Yellowstone National Park.

Nevada: “A World Within. A State Apart” When most people hear Nevada, they think Vegas. And don’t get us wrong, Las Vegas has TONS to keep you busy and entertained. There are plenty of shows, hotels, restaurants, and shopping, all within walking distance or a quick Uber up and down the strip. But the hustle and bustle of Vegas isn’t all that Nevada has to offer. Red Rock Canyon, Lake Tahoe, and Valley of Fire State Park are just a few of the more laid back travel destinations you can explore in Nevada.

Utah: “Greatest Snow on Earth!” Much like the rest of the Western States, Utah has no shortage of national parks. But based on the states tourist slogan, it’s also a top destination for skiing and snowboarding. Park City, UT boasts some of the top ski resorts in the state (Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort Park) as well as being the location for the largest independent film festival in the country, Sundance. And while there is plenty to do in the city itself like restaurants, clubs, and outlet stores, just outside the city you can find forests, trails, reservoirs, and hot springs; plenty to do in and around the area of Park City.

Montana: “Big Sky Country” If you’re a dinosaur nerd, then Montana is the place for you. The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT has the largest collection of dinosaur fossils on earth! It also houses 13 T-Rex specimens. Makoshika State Park (meaning “bad earth” or “bad land” to Sioux Indians) is a geologist paradise; 11,000 acres filled with dinosaur fossil like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. But if live wild life is more your style, you’ll find plenty of that here; MT has the highest population of grizzly bears in the lower 48 and the elk, deer, and antelope population actually outnumbers humans. So if you’re looking for some wide open spaces and wild life, Montana it is!

Wyoming: “That’s Wyoming” Jackson Hole is a fairly recent discovery for lots of celebrities looking to escape and we can understand why. Just south of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, there are plenty of outdoor activities to experience like whitewater rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, and even paragliding.

Colorado: “Come to Life” Ski resorts, hot springs, train trips, brewery tours, art and science museums… you name it, Colorado has it! One of the most interesting that I’ve seen is the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in Steamboat Springs. The next festival is scheduled for July of 2020 and is thrown in conjunction with the annual Art in the Park.

So if outdoor adventuring and exploring is what you’re in search of, you can’t go wrong with any of these Western destinations. Give AurTravel a call at 402-891-6909 and we’d love to help you plan your whole Western Adventure, no matter where it may be.



Rebekah Swerczek, AurTravel

Growing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan. She is the newest addition to the AurTravel team and so happy to be here.

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