It sits on highway 101 and the highway is one big long strip of tourist activity with motels, gas stations, fast food, grocery stores, tourist trinket stores, and a casino.
A victory for urban planning that hides countless green spaces and easy access to the country amongst a heavy populated center, Oregon’s capital is also known as the ‘City of Roses’, and was – astonishingly – named after developers tossed a coin.
As far as inspirational, unavoidably beautiful outdoor adventures spots go, Colorado Springs has to be pretty hard to match.
Watch the US Olympic team train, spend an afternoon at the bottom of a 1000ft gold mine or explore the incredible trails of Pike’s Peak.
Spokane, the second largest city, is located on the eastern edge of the state and has a population somewhere near 200,000.
Settled in 1872 and originally named Spokane Falls, it has been nicknamed “The Lilac City.” Its Motto is “Near Nature, Near Perfect.” Not necessarily as popular as Santa Fe when it comes to tourism, Albuquerque is nevertheless one of New Mexico’s hot-spots, and quite possibly one of the best-kept secrets in the state.
It is a good place for those who are looking for a more relaxing beach trip, but yet want to be close enough to San Diego to go and enjoy all that it has to offer as well.
Depending on the season, you can hike, ski, fish, run rivers and ride mountain bikes.
Newport is one of the larger towns on the oregon coast with a population of nearly 10,000 people.
Sleep it off in a satisfied, energy-drained slumber and then do the same again the next day: what more could you ask for from a stunning, adventure-ridden region?
Cleverly nicknamed as ‘Mile High City’ (Denver does in fact sit exactly one mile above sea level), and backed by the kind of mountain range that instantly justifies the arty name, Denver arguably has one main draw: clear air, and the chance to sneak off into the Colorado Rockys for a quick bit of hill walking, skiing or rock climbing at next to no notice.