08/30/2010 07:13 pm ET Updated Apr 15, 2013

Make Reservations, Not War: 7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience (PHOTOS)

Twitter may have you hooked, and you can't really seem to unplug from Facebook either. Then, there's life as you know it -- work, family, friends, love, money, food. Not so easy to balance. At least not all of the time, anyway. It was where I found myself last year, when I crawled into bed with Overload. Not a happy affair -- I suddenly found myself emotionally crawling toward to the Exit Sign for 2009. Still, I knew one thing: I had to refill the well. But how? I live in Northern California. Isn't everything a Kumbaya moment?

Not quite.

So, I forced myself to go on a road trip and begin exploring some of America -- well, its western side at least. Once I got moving, I later used a good chunk of 2010 to visit a number of truly unique travel destinations. The list below comprises my top picks. Take a look. Then indulge yourself.

7 Hot Spots Out West