Western USA travel guide

When to go, what to see: your Western USA travel guide

When is the best time to visit Western USA?

There’s always something happening in this part of the world, so you can visit all year round. If you’re looking forward to hitting the hiking trails in the National Parks, the best time to travel is probably spring (March to May), when the temperatures are mild, the days are clear and sunny but it’s fresh enough to explore the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sierra Nevada without breaking too much of a sweat.

Why visit Western USA?

Although it is the ‘newer’ half of the United States, the west holds enough natural mystery and Native American tradition to feel like it has been an official part of the nation for many centuries. Along the rugged Pacific Coast, into the wine country of California, to the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and into the melting pot of Los Angeles where many cultures collide – creating a massive area of the country with a little taste of everything, visitors can enjoy a world of big skies and stunning surroundings with a sense they're escaping. National Parks, diverse landscapes, and reminders of the strong Native American cultures will captivate visitors of the west.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco


The charming Southwest is not to be missed when venturing out west. Durango, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Tucson and Scottsdale are some of the ideal destinations to really get a taste of the culture. Native American culture is highlighted through art, jewellery, scenery and the foods that these towns are known for. Beyond the breathtaking sunsets and seemingly endless skies, almost a world away stands one of America’s most popular holiday destinations: Las Vegas.

Weather and climate in Western USA

When travelling to the western United States keep in mind that the temperature can vary greatly between northern and southern destinations. The northern states are substantially cooler than southern states and are also more prone to rain showers. The farther inland you travel the drier the air becomes. If travelling to coastal cities, an ocean breeze may persist. We recommend checking local weather in each of your destinations prior to travelling to ensure you’re adequately prepared for the conditions.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Western United States.




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