There's a reason so many kids grow up with dreams of one day becoming a cowboy—the lure of the American West, and its scenic, wide-open spaces, is certainly powerful. But beyond the stunning landscapes, you'll find great museums, delicious dining, fascinating historical landmarks, and new age experiences, too. Here's how to explore the West through the eyes of a cowboy, prospector, pioneer, gourmand, historian, spiritualist, and modern-day adventure traveler.
by Kathleen Squires
A serial traveler who often lets a country's cuisine dictate her itineraries, New York City-based writer Kathleen Squires has visited all 7 continents and over 60 countries, with stints living in London, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. Her work also appears in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Cooking Light and National Geographic Traveler.