Our West Coast bus tours offer attractions like the coastal towns of Los Angeles to the mega casino hotels of Las Vegas. The West Coast’s laidback appeal has drawn millions of tourists around the world looking for an unforgettable adventure in the American West. Talk of the West Coast never fails to conjure beautiful images of the natural world—the sweeping immensity of the Grand Canyon, and the golden sunsets in the quiet beaches of Los Angeles, but what makes the West Coast the perfect destination for adventurous travelers is the diversity of activities, places, and people. For those looking for an outdoor adventure, here are some state parks you can visit when on the West Coast:
Kartchner Caverns State Park, Arizona. This state park near Benson is full of stalactites and stalagmites that have been growing for tens of thousands of years. Designated a state park in 1988, the Kartchner caverns contain one of the world’s longest “soda straw” stalactites at 21 feet, 3 inches. Two cavers discovered the caverns in 1974, but they kept their discovery a secret for four more years before telling property owners James and Lois Kartchner.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California. This state park is an easy drive from San Francisco. Visitors to Big Basin will experience different elevations—from sea level to more than 2,000 feet—as well as significant temperature changes between ocean shores and the tops of ridges. Like other old-growth coastal forests, the park is also habitat to deer, fox, many bird species, and banana slugs.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. The attractions at Nevada’s largest and oldest park, Valley of Fire State Park, include rock formations shaped like an elephant, beehives, and a piano. Close to both Lake Mead and Las Vegas, Valley of Fire also preserves petroglyphs, or rock art, from Ancient Puebloan civilizations. There are areas in Valley of Fire covered with 225-million-year-old petrified logs from a long-extinct woodland.
Goblin Valley State Park, Utah. Millions of years of wind and rain have sculpted the rock at Goblin Valley State Park, near Hanksville, into thousands of mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Very remote, this park served as the on-location setting for portions of the 1999 film Galaxy Quest. Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations.
Experience the West Coast through the grandeur of their state parks. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on our West Coast bus tours and services.