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Rockies

A 5,000km trip along the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are often perceived as the backbone of North America. They start in Alaska, pass through Canada and go almost all the way down to Mexico! A stone serpent that runs for thousands of kilometers (almost 4.800km) passing through landscapes that are as magnificent as they are diverse. The Big Sky and the Glacier National Park in Montana, the Yellowstone geysers, the gorgeous Colorado mountains all the way to New Mexico deserts…simply astonishing! The vibe is very relaxed and liberal (consider the fact that the selling  marijuana is legal in Colorado) and the motto Live and let live is paired perfectly with these lands that extend for thousands of kilometers.

Which states does it include?

Colorado
Montana
New Mexico
Wyoming

When to go?

The climate in this area varies widely from north to south. For Northern states is recommended to go in the summer as in the winter is very cold and the parks are all snow-covered. Southern states during the summers months are hot but perfect for a tour!

In this region, you will forget the meaning of the word “traffic” (up until the 1990s, the State of Montana had no actual laws regarding speed limits) and the nature will open itself in front of your eyes, allowing you to enter a world of wonders. Although the towns you will see along the way may not be as famous as some major cities of the United States, you will encounter a very particular atmosphere and, as you sip an excellent craft beer, you will be able to sense the strong personality of these places. After the serenity and harmony of the adobe houses in Santa Fe mesmerize you, you will be offered an opportunity to go down the Colorado River in a raft! This trip will teach you a lot about the history of Native Americans and you will see what it must have felt to ride a horse along these immense lands or to be one of the first people to be struck by the “gold rush.” 

Colorado

Pure outdoor fun!

Colorado is pure fun! Whether we are talking about cheerful bars in Denver and Boulder or numerous outdoor activities, you will have the time of your life in Colorado. There are really so many things to do, but it needs to be said that skiing is a true religion in this region. The area with the best ski tracks in all of Colorado is Crested Butte, followed by Vail, one of the most popular ski centers for Americans and certainly the most exclusive one; Telluride and Aspen are two gems and the city center is also very pleasant and attractive. The powder, as the americans call it, is fantastic. It’s the kind of snow that is so soft it allows you to ski off-track basically without any limitations, and then there are thousands of tracks for beginners, the aficionados, the boarders or the skiers…All in all, without any exaggeration, Colorado is the skiing paradise!
The Rocky Mountains park is one of the most praised locations in this regions, with its 500km of trails across alpine landscapes, granite peaks and astonishing rivers where you can go rafting or go fishing or just take it easy. And if these outdoor activities aren’t enough, there are also plenty of opportunities to exercise your mind, considering that Boulder is also the seat of the Naropa University, a Buddhist training center that had many notable students, especially the Beat Generation poets like Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouak.
Not to mention the Flatirons, a stone formation near Boulder that has become the favorite destination for free climbers and all those who simply love the mountains. Colorado Springs remains one of the most popular and sought-after destinations and, moving further down to the south, close to the San Juan mountains, you will find the amazing Million Dollar Highway and many mountains of over 4.000km of altitude, such as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. 

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Montana

Get lost in Montana...pure natural beauty!

Montana is a magical place. It’s in the limitless skies and the landscapes that extend literally as far as the eye can see, its forests and wild animals that roam the region freely, the sunsets and rivers that run through it. Montana will remain impressed in your memory and you will bring along all the energy that this place emanates. A crucial stop in your Montana trip is definitely the Glacier National Park, one of the most important national parks in the United States. Located in the north-west, close to the Canadian border and the Washington state line, it is immersed in a lush area of woods, mountain lakes and wild animals. In addition to the “tame” mountain goats, the area is full of grizzly bears and other wild animals; thanks to very careful administration, you won’t find any inhabited places in the park. In order to enter the world that is so untouched it will take your breath away, all you have to do is take one of the many trails starting at the sides of the Going-To-The-Sun Road, one of the most spectacular roads in the entire United States. The towns also represent quite pleasant surprises: Bozeman, for example, is enchanting. An elegant town that will remind you of the Old West, perfect for sipping a beer in a saloon or in an excellent restaurant, whichever you prefer. The most surprising of the cities is Missoula, where you will find a modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a small historic center dominated by historic buildings, with so many bicycles passing by. One of the favorite passtimes in this area is fly fishing, especially along the Yellowstone River and the Gallatin River, where you will have absolute liberty to fish as much as you like. Alternatively, you can entrust the local experts to help you with shooting equipment as well as with lessons in this activity. If you are more interested in the gold rush and the ghost towns, you can explore the mining structures in Butte, visit the open-air museum in Virginia City or go to Helena to see its famous St. Helena Cathedral and the lovely historic center with steep roads, built chaotically around the rivers where once people were searching for gold. Going down south, you will reach the area along the Wyoming state line, with excellent hotels and camp sites, a great starting point for a trip to famous Yellowstone Park

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New Mexico

The land of enchantment

New Mexico’s official nickname is “The Land of Enchantment” and, as you pass through it, you will easily understand why. Most of all, you will feel as though you have taken a time machine. The lively towns will instantly introduce you to their strong local culture, entwined with the Mexican one, but with very strong American personality. Let’s take an imaginary trip starting from the north, where you can come down the Sangre de Cristo Mountains passing the White Sand National Monument until you reach Mexico, passing a vast and surprising territory. Strolling through the tiny streets of Santa Fe you will feel the uncontrollable urge to buy a cow skull and hang it in your salon, or to get lost in one of the many jewellery stores selling artfully crafted silver and turquoise pieces (both of these materials are found in abundance in New Mexico). After you have left the typical Santa Fe adobe houses behind, you will pass the Turquoise Trail and play around with the idea of what the hippie town of Madrid (and its inhabitants) must have been like in the 1970s. Passing through Silver City and Gila National Forest, you will breathe in the air of great forests and soak in the typical Wild West feeling that still lingers on; next, a stop in Albuquerque is both a must and a smart strategic move, and we recommend you stick around for a day or two, at least. The famous Route 66 passes through this city and there is also the historic Old Town, which is absolutely lovely, despite the many tourists. Those same tourists mix with locals who come in from all over the place for the festival of hot air balloons, called Balloon Fiesta. During the festival, which takes place in October, hundreds of hot air balloons take off above the desert just outside the city. If, however, you are a big fan of television, you should definitely look for the set of the famous TV show Breaking Bad, using one of the many organized tours, or you can go with your own car instead. As you go further down south, New Mexico will continue to surprise you. After you have explored the dunes of the White Sand National Monument (and we recommend you sleep in a tent in the park) you can check out the famous Carlsbad Caverns and see millions of bats waking up at sunset. For a complete tour of New Mexico, we recommend a short trip down to El Paso, the border city per excellence. 

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Wyoming

Cowboys, wildilfe and probably the most beautiful natural park in the world: Yellowstone!

Wyoming is a synonym for liberty, and everything you ever thought of this state will turn out to be true...once you see it in person, however, it will be even more astounding. Endless prairies with quiet buffalos, great blue skies with majestic eagles, and then rivers, mountains, woods…it sounds like a description of a painting but considering that Wyoming is the least populated US state, the nature is the true master here.
The main reason why the state receives as many as three million visitors each year is the Yellowstone National Park, made famous by legendary Yoghi Bear, and, of course, by the wonders of nature it hosts. The park is divided into five sections (it is huge, almost like Corsica), each with its own geological traits.
The most famous attraction is certainly the Old Faithful geyser, which every 90 minutes spits up to 32.000 litres of water up to 60m high, but let’s not forget the boiling mud puddles, geothermic platforms of the Mammoth region, fossil forests of the Roosevelt County, waterfalls and viewpoints of the Grand Canyon County and the incredible waters of the Yellowstone Lake. All in all, this place does not lack things to see and do, but before you collapse in one of the hotels (preferably one of the lodges in the park itself) you should go see Lamar Valley and admire the animals at sunset.
There is another interesting park nearby, Grand Teton National Park, which definitely deserves a day or two of your time for admiring the imposing granite peaks or look at some wild animals. And then, in the middle of all this nature, there is the city of Jackson, one of the most lively and modern ones, as well as the closest one to Yellowstone; Cheyenne, which is a typical cowboy city where you can see a live rodeo show; the university city of Laramie and Lander, a simple but adorable town and an excellent starting point for mountain climbing and hiking. 

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