As the Westworld Box-set comes to NOW TV, we present Westworld - in the REAL world!
Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park is based in the Wild West, the setting is wild, sparse and rugged. A place you could only dream of visiting.
If, like us, you did have that dream whilst watching the show but would never have the $40K to spend on visiting a Westworld in the real world then fear not. Ahead of season one coming back to NOW TV on Monday 14th August as a complete box set, the online streaming service has identified the top ‘Western-world landscapes’ to visit.
- Rocky Mountains, USA
About: The Rocky Mountains stretch some 3,000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and down to New Mexico in the U.S.
What to do: If you’ve got the time you’ll need to do the full 18 day experience - ‘The Best of the Rockies’. You’ll begin your journey with `one of the best drives in the world', taking you into the incredible Rocky Mountain National Park, followed by the unique geologic formations at Sinks Canyon State Park and much more, excited? Find out more here.
If you don’t have time to do the full trip then ensure you try to tick a few of these wonderful sights off below which can all be accessed by car. If you need help planning then just visit Bon Voyage here.
· Yellowstone, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks and the Grand Tetons
· Sun Valley, Cheyenne, Jackson Hole and Coeur d' Alene
· Mount Rushmore, Pike's Peak and The Crazy Horse Monument
· Garden of the God, Devil's Tower and Black Canyon of Gunnison
· Flaming Gorge, Buffalo Bill's Cody Country, The Little Big Horn Battlefield
· Ernest Hemingway’s Ketchum and Deadwood of Wild Bill Hickok fame
2. Australian Outback, Australia
About: There is 6.5 million square kilometres of the Australian Outback (or 2.5 million square miles), inhabited by less than 60,000 people.
What to do: You can find a little bit of the Outback in every state of Australia, and while the regions are remote, they can be easily accessed from most major cities and towns. NOW TV have pulled together the top areas to visit with a little detail to help you decide:
Katherine - The town of Katherine is the central hub of the region and offers museums, art galleries and historic sites.
The Kimberley - Three times larger than England, with a population of less than 40,000, the Kimberley region – spread over Australia's entire north-western corner – is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers.
The Red centre - The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites, including Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa.
The Pinnacles - It's a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park, where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. Yet the park sits on the deep blue Indian Ocean, along an idyllic stretch of coast three hour's drive north of Perth.
Flinders Ranges - The rugged, weathered peaks and rocky gorges of the Flinders Ranges in Outback South Australia form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the country. It's a place rich in Aboriginal history and home to a vast array of wildlife.
3. Bucegi Mountains, Romania
About: The Bucegi Mountains Romanian: Munții Bucegi; are located in central Romania, south of the city Brașov. They are part of the Southern Carpathians group of the Carpathian Mountains.
What to do: The Mountains offer something for everyone, even those that are not so inclined to a long hike.
Babel and the Sphinx – A similar formation is found at the Sphinx. Named because it has an eerie resemblance to the Sphinx in Egypt, the rock is massive and many visitors choose to have lunch in the shade of the gigantic formation.
Ialomita Cave – Located just an hour’s walk from Babel is the Ialomita Cave, home to a famous monastery and a spooky legend from many years ago. According to the story, a man named Bucur lived in the cave and charmed many women from local villages with his exceptional flute playing.
Mount Omu – One of the key destinations in the Bucegi range is Mount Omu. Standing at a height of 2505 meters, the peak is the largest in Bucegi and makes a great day hike from Babel or Malaiesti in the northern limit of the range.
For more information, visit Romania’s travel destinations site here for guidance on the best routes.
4. Utah, USA
About: Utah is a western U.S. state defined by its vast expanses of desert and the Wasatch Range Mountains with Salt Lake City being the Capital.
What to do: Utah's landscape is the perfect canvas for your next adventure with a host of things to do, Utah really is the place where you can see anything.
Top areas to visit:
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – The sandstone masterpieces, from 120 to 300 meters tall, on the remote border with Nevada among the most photographed points on Earth. Hike a trail, a guided tour and see buttes and mesas.
Historic Temple Square – The 14-hectare Salt Lake City complex, with gardens and historic buildings and museums, is one of Utah’s top tourist destinations. Book a free tour of the site, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Antelope Island State Park – In this 11,300-hectre park, hike, bike, ride horseback, boat, camp and see animals – including antelope and bison.
More information on what to do Utah at Visit Utah.
5. The Organ Mountains, New Mexico
About: The Organ Mountains are a rugged mountain range in southern New Mexico in the Southwestern United States. Obama signed a proclamation creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in 2014, meaning nearly 500,000 acres of mountains, grasslands, volcanic craters and historic sites are preserved for public use.
What to do: The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument includes:
• Over 22 miles of the Butterfield Stage Trail
• Kilbourne Hole National Historic Landmark
• Billy the Kid’s Outlaw Rock
• Geronimo’s Cave
• 243 Known Petroglyph and Archeological Sites
• Estimated 5000+ Archeological Sites
• Apollo Mission Astronaut Training Sites
• Original US/Mexico border from Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (Changed by Gadsden Purchase)
• Historic World War II Aerial Targets
• Fort Mason and Historic Ranch House Ruins
Want to know more? Visit Organ Mountains here for more information.
If you can’t get to any of the above destinations any time soon then tune into online streaming service NOW TV to catch-up on the whole Westworld box set. Available with a month Entertainment Pass for £7.99.