Affordable American Travel: 5 Must-Sees in the West

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Summer is a great time to travel, and the Western United States is full of excellent spots to visit. Some of them you have probably heard of many times, like the Grand Canyon; it is definitely a must-visit at least one time in your life. But there are many other wonderful places to visit in the West; many of the Western states are known for being exquisitely beautiful, and that makes the West an ideal place to travel by car, because you can enjoy all the beauty as you drive along.

Obviously, the West includes many states and a large driving distance, so you won’t be able to see everything, but you can certainly make the most of your trip by trying to visit at least one or two of the places on our list. You will be glad that you did and may find you have memories and photos galore, certainly enough to last you until your next big road trip.

1. Grand Canyon National Park

This incredible national park makes almost any traveler’s list when planning a trip to the West — and for good reason. The park became a National Park in 1919, and nearly five million people visit it each year. In addition to being beautiful and expansive (it’s 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles, and a mile deep), the park also has interesting archeological significance. More than 4,300 archeological resources have been recorded at the park from over five percent of the park area, and archeological remains from Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Cerbat, Pai, Southern Paiute, Hopi, Navajo, and Euro-American, as well as other ethnic groups, have been found in the park. Visiting the park costs $25 per private vehicle, or $12 per individual entering without a car.