When you sit down to plan a trip to the USA you probably immediately find yourself pondering hotels near the Statue of Liberty or boat trips to Alcatraz. But as you can see from any map, America offers almost a whole continent of adventure. Why confine yourself to the old tourist haunts when you could explore the wild west or tame the last frontier?
Let's have a look at some of the states less travelled by tourists and whether they could make all the difference to your North American trip.
If you're looking for untouched natural beauty, Idaho is the destination for you. Tucked away in the corner of the west, Idaho borders Canada, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana - combining the best countryside of all of them.
What's on offer in Idaho?
- Coeur d'Alene - Situated at the northern panhandle of the state is the pristine lake town of Coeur d'Alene. Its awe-inspiring views of the water and surrounding pine forest covered wilderness make it instantly unique. Along with some fantastic long hikes, Coeur d'Alene offers all the water sports you can think of, with the vibrant town centre just a few steps away for a post-dip drink or bite to eat.
- The Palouse - Just an hour or so from Coeur d'Alene you can enjoy the rolling hills of The Palouse. These are particularly impressive in the autumn months when the wheat fields turn gold. Enjoy a spectacular drive through this unique landscape with a stop off at the quaint university town of Moscow.
- Sawtooth Mountains - If you're a keen hiker then the Sawtooths are the place for you. The Sawtooth National Forest covers 2,110,408 acres of almost untouched mountain landscape. With everything from wildflower meadows to secluded lakes, it's an experience not to be missed.
A close neighbour to Idaho, Wyoming isn’t a state you will often hear talked about - yet it is home to some of the most spectacular national parks in the country.
Yellowstone National Park is an oasis for abundant wildlife, made up of stunning landscapes and geothermal activity. With so many things to do and see there really is something for everyone.
Keen outdoor types can camp, enjoy long hikes and maybe even embark on a horse trail or kayak on the lake. Those less hardy can see plenty of wildlife and scenery whilst driving through the park.
Why not stop off at the world famous Old Faithful Geyser and have a short wander through the Norris Geyser Basin?
It may not be connected to the rest of the United States of America by land, but the state of Alaska is well worth a visit. Complete with blue glaciers, towering fjords and incredible wildlife, Alaska is a true winter adventure.
One of the best ways to see the state is by cruise. Offering views of the majestic wilderness along with the opportunity to spot whales, bears and seals and stop at several towns and cities, it is a great way to travel.
It's not all adventuring through wilderness though. The state capital city of Juneau offers a vibrant food scene, museums and tours around the famous Alaskan Brewing Company. Add it to your itinerary.
If you're interested in exploring the wilds of America on your next holiday, get in touch with your local Travellers Choice agent today.