Las Vegas is the most amazing city on the planet. Home to the world's largest and most spectacular hotels, every possible form of gambling, renowned world class shows and a wide range of exciting attractions. But don't stop at the city limits, although the Wild West is a huge expanse to cover, if you have the time, the spectacular scenery of desolate plains, rugged mountains and deep canyons will reward your efforts many times over.
A visit to Las Vegas is a must on any trip to America's west – there is nowhere like it! This is Glitz with a capital G! As everyone knows, this is America's gambling capital and every major hotel has its own casino and you'll be given every assistance to relieve you of your hard-earned cash! Aside from gambling Las Vegas is home to incredible shopping, thrill rides and roller coasters, golf courses, world-class spas and superb nightlife.
If Las Vegas doesn't make you rich, the Wild West will certainly make up for it with a treasure trove of captivating cities and towns, astonishing national parks and abundance of attractions.
One of America's most spectacular states has to be Arizona. From the majestic Grand Canyon to the famed buttes and spires of Monument Valley to the exhilarating waters of Lake Havasu, there's much to explore. In the heart of Arizona, the twin cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale offer a taste of true Western life and some of America's best resort hotels.
Turn back the clock to a time when the Old West reigned supreme with a visit to Bisbee, or Tombstone, home of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral. There's also the city of Tucson, the famed art colony of Sedona or Flagstaff which has Route 66 as its main street.
New Mexico has a fascinating history with a Native American and Spanish past. See sophisticated Sante Fe or arty Taos at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
Utah is simply glorious. Wonder at the red rock of the Wasatch Mountains, where the sunsets are beyond belief and prepare to be staggered by five of the most amazing National Parks in America – Bryce, Zion, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands. Don't miss Salt Lake City, one of the west's most beautiful cities and gateway to the state's ski resorts and national parks.
Montana is a sparsely populated land of wide open spaces in the east and mountains in the west. Glacier National Park is home to a large population of grizzly bears and remarkable mountain scenery.
Wyoming is about its two celebrated National Parks. Yellowstone in the north with its waterfalls and geysers (Old Faithful being the most famous) and Grand Teton National Park with the historic town of Jackson, which looks like a western film set, as its main gateway.
Colorado is famed for the Rockies and its impressive mountain scenery including ski resorts like Vail and old mining towns like Breckenridge. There's also Mesa Verde National Park, the beautifully preserved historic railroad town of Durango and just outside Grand Junction is the stark and stunning rock formations of Colorado's National Monument.
In South Dakota, the 'cowboy town' of Rapid City is a perfect location from which to explore the deserted landscape of prairies and pine forests. To the south west of the city is Mount Rushmore with the carved heads of four US presidents.
GMT -7 hours (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming & Montana); GMT -6 hours (North Dakota & South Dakota).
The flying time from the UK to Las Vegas, Phoenix or Salt Lake City is about 10 hours 30 minutes, while Denver is approximately 10 hours flying time.
As you would expect from such a vast region the weather does vary considerably and is not easy to summarise in such a small space. However, it is a year round destination. Generally speaking expect high temperatures during the summer months, particularly in southern Nevada, Arizona and Utah. The National Parks will be very busy in the summer months and accommodation books up quickly. Winters tend to be cool rather than very cold, although mountain regions do experience snow.
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