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From the sunny coast of California to the national parks of Utah and the mountains of Seattle, the West is known for its natural beauty and pioneering spirit.


A progressive and artistic city, San Francisco is home to a strong tourism industry, top hospitals, and major finance companies. Just south of the city is San Jose’s Silicon Valley, the international technology hub for Apple, Facebook, Google and hundreds more start-ups and firms that are changing the world.

  • #7 in Best Places to Live—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #1 Best Places to Visit in California—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #1 Best Foodie Cities in the U.S.—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Country.
  • Visit Fisherman’s Wharf, the Castro District and Alcatraz.
  • Eat a famous burrito or head to Chinatown.

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Stockton—located where the San Joaquin River and the Delta Region waterways meet—is a transportation hub and top water-sports destination. A 90-minute drive from San Francisco and less than an hour from the California state capital of Sacramento, Stockton combines big-city amenities with a small-town atmosphere.

  • All-American City—National Civic League, 2018
  • 13th Largest City in California—World Atlas
  • 25% of Stockton residents are from another country.
  • Boasts a total of 66 parks—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Camp, hike, or swim at Lake Tahoe or Yosemite National Park.

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Salt Lake City blends nature, career opportunity and culture. Set in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City is consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities thanks to its vibrant arts scene and natural parks.

  • One of the best public transit systems in the country—and free to students
  • Home to global employers including Adobe, Chevron and the International Rescue Committee
  • #1 Best State for Business and Careers—Forbes, 2016
  • Utah has 5 national parks including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands
  • #2 Happiest State in the U.S.—WalletHub, 2017

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Los Angeles — America’s second-largest metropolitan area — is home to Hollywood and the U.S. film industry. The “City of Angels” is an internationally and culturally diverse metro area with a strong tourism industry, world-class hospitals, finance companies and tech start-ups.

  • #1 Largest City in California—World Atlas
  • Take a selfie with the famous Hollywood sign, which over 10 million people visit each year (Travel + Leisure, 2017).
  • Hike up Griffith Park to the famed observatory for stunning LA vistas.
  • Spend the day at Disneyland and Universal Studios.
  • Go to an art exhibit at the Getty Center.
  • Swim at the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach.

Surrounded by mountains and water on both sides, Seattle is a progressive, outdoorsy and artistic city with a thriving technology industry. Nicknamed “the Emerald City” for its lush evergreen forests, Seattle is known for natural beauty and outdoor activities.

  • #9 Best Places to Live—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • #1 Best Place for Business and Careers—Forbes, 2019
  • Home to Amazon and Microsoft headquarters
  • Visit the Space Needle, Pike Place Market or Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Sample a "cup of joe" at more than 830 coffee shops.


San Francisco is #7 Best Place to Live (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).


of Stockton residents are from outside the U.S..
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Salt Lake City is the least stressful city in the United States – United States (CNN, 2014).


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