Top Ten Winter Activities in the West

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Have an Outdoor Adventure

Gather some friends and explore some of the country's most unforgettable terrain. Near Denver, head for Estes Park for close ups of the Rocky Mountains and winter fun galore. Near San Francisco, California, at Muir Woods you can hike among the redwoods, some of which are more than one thousand years old. Find a park near you.

Check Out Spanish Architecture in New Mexico

From the clay bricks, grass, and mud of Pueblo-style adobe structures to the arches and clay roof tiles of Spanish Mission-style buildings, New Mexico's architecture is distinctive and beautiful. You'll see some of the best examples in Santa Fe and Taos

Enjoy Mexican Food

Whether you're in Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, or Santa Barbara, California, spice things up with authentic Mexican meal. What's your favorite - tacos, tostadas, or tamales?

Visit Death Valley

Summer temps are often over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in this desert region near the border of California and Utah. But in winter, day time temps stay in the 60s and 70s, making it an ideal time to visit the hottest, driest, and lowest place in North America. Don't miss Badwater Road, Zabriskie Point, and the sand dunes. Got extra time? Check out a ghost town like nearby Rhyolite.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

The Year of the Monkey began in February! In San Francisco, California, Chinatown holds all sorts of celebrations, including an impressive parade with a 28-foot dragon, operated by 100 people. In Las Vegas, join the fun and sample tasty Asian food at Chinatown Plaza.

Chill Out at a Hockey Game

This region has a number of professional National Hockey League teams to watch, from the Colorado Avalanche to the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks in California. Not to be outdone, the American Hockey League has five teams in California. Find one near you and catch the action!

See the Awesome Big Sur coast

Don't miss one the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Check out these tips before you enjoy remote beaches, waterfalls, restaurants perched on sea cliffs, rare blue waters, and hikes with great views. One incredible highway - California State Route 1 - takes you through it all.

Take a Tour of the Film Capital of the World

Ever wonder what it feels like to walk in the footsteps of Hollywood's biggest stars? Find out by taking a tour of the place where movie magic happens. Make sure to keep your eyes open. You never know who you'll run into.

Ski Utah Powder

They don't call it "the greatest snow on earth" for nothing. And with 11 ski resorts within a one-hour drive from Salt Lake City, you have plenty of options. Rent gear and take a lesson!

Visit Hoover Dam

Built during the Great Depression in less than five years, Hoover Dam is an amazing engineering feat. One of the largest dams on Earth is just 30 miles from Las Vegas. Get ready to be awed.

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