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Best National Monuments in the West

San Diego has a notable national monument.

San Diego has a notable national monument.

The Western part of the country has a significant amount of natural beauty, and if you love visiting the outdoors, considering one of the countless options here may be a good idea. Hiking and other outdoor activities are plentiful, and you can see some of the most beautiful aspects of the country. This may be a good reason to get to packing your moving boxes and speed up the process.

Admiralty Island National Monument, Alaska
It may be a good idea to start your exploration in Alaska. The Admiralty Island National Monument is located here, and according to Sunset.com, it is relatively easy to get to, being less than 20 miles from Juneau. You can get here by boat or plane, and you may see some of the most beautiful sights Alaska has to offer.

Cabrillo National Monument, California
Another West Coast option may be of interest to you, especially if you are a fan of the warmer weather. San Diego is the home of the Cabrillo National Monument, which is at Point Loma. According to USA Today, this spot is where the city denotes the arrival of Europeans on the West Coast. There is a statue of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at the site, which stands 14 feet high. This also has a museum, as well as a notable view.

Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah
If you are planning on heading to Utah, then you may want to check out the Grand Staircase National Monument. This rock formation is located in Southern Utah and the area spans nearly 2 million acres, according to Sunset.com. This could make it a location that is work checking out again and again. Head out east past Zion National Park, and you will come across this spot. There are many places around the area for dining and lodging, while there are also people who offer tours of the area by hiking and driving in jeeps, which could make for an interesting trip.

Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming
Another unique area is located in Wyoming. Here, you can find Devil's Tower National Monument. This location is notable for its rock formation that rises approximately 1,300 feet, and is made of granite, according to Sunset.com. This may be a moving location, and you can explore it through a trail around the base.