The American west has no shortage of exciting attractions from the Redwood Forest to Hollywood, the Las Vegas Strip, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Route 66. Between all these major destinations, however, are hidden gems that are also worth a visit. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, make the most of your time in the region by traveling off the beaten path and check out some of these hidden treasures for a truly memorable vacation. Take the bus for extra savings.
Explore the Redwoods in the North Coast Adventure Center in Arcata, CA
Across the bay from the famous mining town, Eureka, Arcata is a charming close-knit community where civilization and nature meet. One of the town’s chief attractions is the North Coast Adventure Center, where tourists can experience the iconic redwood trees. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, wear a harness and climb 70 to 100 feet up the trees and zip across the tree tops and enjoy sublime views of the bay!
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Enjoy Some Art Deco Architecture and Art Pieces in Bartlesville, OK
This small city in Oklahoma boasts one of the most interesting skylines in the United States. Bartlesville is large petroleum center and its buildings have an art deco and industrial style from the 1930s and beyond. Of note is the sole skyscraper by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was completed in 1956 with a memorable design, rotating exhibits and permanent art exhibits displaying the works of Bruce Goff, and Dennis Oppenheim among several others. Nearby Price tower is also worth a visit with a magnificent view.
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Learn About the History of Billy the Kid, Kit Carson and Cowboys on the Frontier in Ruidoso, NM
A must for anyone looking to delve into the history of the American West, Ruidoso is the place to go to learn about Billy the Kid and Kit Carson and learn about the lives of cowboys on the frontier. Formerly a gold mining region, Lincoln County is filled with local history. The region also offers breathtaking views. The snowy peaks of the Sierra Blanca mountains are also a great option for skiers and snowboarders and provide a nice contrast to the white sands.
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Enjoy the Blend of German and Texan Culture in Fredericksburg, TX
Back in the 1830s, German immigrants flocked towards central Texas and their culture, architecture, cuisine and beer helped shape the region. Beer gardens and vineyards decorate the Texas Hill Country, and Fredericksburg also boasts a world-class culinary scene. Several geographical landmarks are worth checking out, like Enchanted Rock, Balanced Rock and Cross Mountain.
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