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The Western United States feature a very large bandwidth of land forms and colors. On the right at the Pacific coast the California Central Valley can be seen, west of it the Sierra Nevada. On the right the Colorado River, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. In the far background the snow covered mountains of Canada.

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Brief Description: We made a trip of 14 days from Vancouver, Canada to Las Vegas, NV, USA by car in Feb, 2007. We visited Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
Most Memorable Moments:
This trip had almost only memorable moments, but the most important were Los Angeles and San Francisco, together with visiting our best friends.
Best Sights and Activities:
All the city views are great. Also, Las Vegas was very funny.

Las Vegas, Nevada

This city in the western desert is the largest adult amusement center in the world and one of the top travel destinations for tourists visiting the USA. It offers multiple themed casino hotels of gigantic proportions plus non-stop entertainment of all sorts. There are hundreds of performances daily by famous entertainers and dozens of glitzy productions featuring song, dance, comedy and acrobatics. It is well situated near the center of the southwestern scenic attractions such as the Grand Canyon National Park, Death Valley, Zion National Park, Monument Valley and Yosemite National Park.

San Francisco, California

This is the other West Coast California city. It does not have the warm sandy beaches of the Southern California cities, but it offers spectacular scenery with picturesque hillside commnunities overlooking beautiful blue bays. San Francisco with its victorian houses, its quaint cable cars, its multicultural population and its fabulous array of fine dining is a fovorite vacation destination for many USA natives. It is located near the most famous wine growing regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the USA, but it is better described as a West Coast metropolitan center. There is no central focus to this immense California city that sprawls across a fifty mile wide basin between its lovely Pacific Ocean beaches and the eastern backdrop of mountains. Instead it is a conglomeration of dozens of smaller cities like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Long Beach and Anaheim. It has a diverse population with distinctly hispanic and asian roots. Disney Land, the original family-oriented fantasy theme park is located in nearby Anaheim.

San Diego , California

San Diego is a coastal Southern California city located in the southwestern corner of the continental United States. As of 2005, the city has a population of 1,255,540 people. It is the second largest city in California and the seventh largest in the United States. The Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), San Diego's downtown redevelopment agency, has transformed what was a largely abandoned downtown into a glittering showcase of waterfront skyscrapers, live-work loft developments, five-star hotels, and a slew of cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Portland, Oregon

Portland is a city at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the U.S. state of Oregon. With a population of 562,690 it is Oregon's largest city, and the third largest in the Pacific Northwest, after Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Portland lies in the Marine West Coast climate region marked by warm summers and rainy but temperate winters, ideal for roses. Indeed, for more than a century Portland has been known as "The City of Roses," and has many rose gardens, most famously the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located in the U.S. state of Washington between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, nearly 108 miles (174 km) south of the United States–Canadian border in King County, of which it is the county seat. This Pacific Northwest city is on the West Coast far north of California, but it has a mild damp climate. Situated on a series of hills within the shadow of a great volcanic peak and overlooking a bright blue ocean inlet and two inland lakes, the city provides some beautiful vistas. Seattle is a modern metropolitan center surrounded by ocean inlets, islands, snow capped mountains, dense forest wilderness and raging mountain streams. It is a favorite home for outdoor lovers and sportsmen. Fishing, boating, mountain climbing, river rafting and mountain climbing are all within a short drive from downtown.