The Pacific

States in The Pacific

Discover snowcapped peaks and stunning coastlines

The West Coast of the United States — California, Oregon and Washington, plus Alaska and Hawaii — offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences. All five states boast vast stretches of Pacific coastline, though each state offers features uniquely its own. Alaska has glaciers, Hawai’i has active volcanoes, Oregon has sand dunes, Washington has mountains and California has deserts.

You can enjoy the Pacific’s natural beauty all year-round. And there’s no shortage of impressive National Parks in the region, including Yosemite National Park in California, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, Olympic National Park in Washington and Denali National Park in Alaska.

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The Northeast

States in The Northeast

Where rocky shorelines meet lush, green forests

The Northeast region of the United States extends from Maine at the northeast tip of the country down the Atlantic coast to Maryland, and as far west as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This part of the USA boasts rolling mountains, lush forests and vast stretches of coastline.

Experience all four seasons in the Northeast. Summers are comfortably warm — ideal for a beach vacation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or along the New Jersey Shore — while winter brings plenty of snow to the ski resorts in Vermont and New York. Spring and fall bring with them a kaleidoscope of colors. Visit Pennsylvania in the spring when the Pocono Mountains bloom with wildflowers, or New Hampshire in the fall for the beautiful autumn foliage.

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The Midwest

States in The Midwest

Great Lakes, vast prairies and friendly Midwestern charm

The spirit of the Midwest is greatly shaped by lakes and rivers, rich farmlands, bustling cities and friendly locals. Stretching from Ohio west to Nebraska and bordering Canada to the north and reaching as far south as Kansas and Missouri, these states offer a wide variety of fun and unique activities and sights.

The Midwest is marked by many important waterways, including the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh water in the world. It is home to rolling prairies, crops, forests and the Ozark Mountains. The Upper Midwest, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, experience colder winters and more snowfall, giving rise to sports such as ice fishing and snowshoeing. The region also has a number of well-known landmarks such as Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and the Gateway Arch in Missouri.
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The Southeast

States in The Southeast

Stunning wilderness areas and Southern elegance

The Southeast region of the United States has a unique and exciting culture influenced by its history, Southern hospitality and incredibly vast and dynamic landscapes. The region extends from Virginia down the Atlantic coast to the tip of Florida with Louisiana and Arkansas serving as the western border.

This fascinating part of the USA is home to lush forests, rugged mountains and endless stretches of pristine beaches and coastlines. Some parts of the Southeast (like Virginia, the District of Columbia, Kentucky and North Carolina) experience all four seasons, while others (like Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi) remain warm throughout the year. The summers can be hot in the South, so many choose to seek refuge on the white sandy beaches of Key West, Florida, or the Outer Banks in North Carolina. During autumn, the trees of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee turn beautiful shades of yellow, red and orange.
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The West

States in The West

Where the buffalo roam and the cowboys thrive

Home to rugged mountains, steep canyons, rocky buttes, vast prairies, deserts and big skies, the Mountain West is one of the USA’s most geographically diverse regions. The West reaches from Colorado up through Montana and Idaho and Nevada serving as its western border.

Known globally for its cowboy culture, abundance of untouched nature and incredible vistas and views, the West is a prime vacation destination. The states vary in climate but the summers can be hotter than blazes in the desert states of Nevada and Utah. During the winter, the peaks of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado see plenty of snowfall, making them great destinations for skiing and snowboarding. In the fall, the lush forests surrounding the Rocky Mountains turn bold shades of yellow, red and orange. The flowers and plant life that bloom in the spring create a stunning backdrop against the mammoth red rocks of Idaho and Utah.
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The Southwest

States in The Southwest

Stately cacti and incredible desert scenery

Four very large states — Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona — comprise the Southwest region of the United States. This part of the country has landscapes unlike anywhere else, complete with snow-capped peaks, rust-colored sandstone cliffs, rolling prairies, sandy beaches and prickly cacti.

This part of the country is known for its Wild West heritage, but it’s also an outdoor lover’s dream. Several notable U.S. National Parks can be found here, including Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Big Bend National Park in Texas. Meanwhile, New Mexico and Oklahoma are home to a number of Native American historic sites. And all four states feature plenty of opportunities to hike, swim, ride horses and even ski.
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U.S. Territories

Featured U.S. Territories

In addition to the 50 states and District of Columbia, the United States encompasses five island territories: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, while American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands can all be found in the Pacific, east of the Philippines.

All five territories offer different cultural experiences, but they do have one thing in common: warm, sunny weather. Escape to these islands at any time of year and you’ll have no qualms about spending most of your time outside on the sun-baked shorelines and verdant golf courses. But don’t forget to devote some time to the islands’ protected wilderness. Experience the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay in Puerto Rico’s Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, the tropical jungle in the National Park of American Samoa or the battlefields and memorials of Guam’s War in the Pacific National Historical Park.

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