The West is comprised of mountain states - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming - and Pacific states - Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington State. The land mass west of the Mississippi River more than doubles the land to the east of the Mississippi. In fact, Alaska itself measures one-fifth the size of the continental United States.
In this "Best of the West" round-up, I've linked to some of About's most popular articles on visiting California, Hawaii, Las Vegas, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about what to see and do in these areas so you can begin planning your trip to the West today.