Western United States

The American West or simply the West!

The Western United States, commonly referred to as the American West or simply “the West,” traditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost states of the United States.

Besides being a purely geographical designation, this region has its own internal diversity, there is arguably an overall shared history, culture (music, cuisine), mind-set or world view and closely interrelated dialects of English. As with any region of such geographically large extent and varied cultural histories, many sub regions of The American West possess distinguishing and idiosyncratic qualities.

The term West Coast or Pacific Coast most often refers to the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. More specifically, the term refers to an area defined on the east by the Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Although not part of the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii do border the Pacific Ocean and can also be included in the West Coast. The U.S. Census groups the five states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii together as the Pacific States division.[

For our purposes, the western United States shall include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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