The Western region of the United States is made up of eleven states. This informative book provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the region's history, culture, and climate. This region boasts diverse climate and landscape. The mountain chains that run from north to south create temperate, wet areas to the west, and harsher, drier areas to the east. Readers will also learn about the various industries throughout the region, including fishing up and down the coast, the cattle industry on the Great Plains in eastern Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, and technology in Silicon Valley in California.