- Bigul — beautiful tiny hamlet in the district of Bageshwar offering magnificent views of the Himalayas
- Dunagiri — an historical area of small villages, also called Drongiri, Dronagiri and Doonagiri
- Dwarahat — a small city
- Jageshwar — a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora area
- Kathgodam — a city surrounded by beautiful mountains
- Kausani — a small town in Almora with scenic views of the Himalayas
- Mukteshwar — a small town made famous by Jim Corbett who penned the novel "The Man Eaters of Kumaon"
- Munsyari — a city
- Nainital — one of the most popular hill stations of India, famous for its lake
- Peora — a small village near Mukteshwar and one of the finest destinations for eco-tourism, situated in the cradle of the Himalayas
- Pithoragarh — a city close to the China, Nepal and Tibet border
- Ranikhet — a hill station
- Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary — a wildlife sanctuary established in Binsar for the conservation and protection of the broad leaf oak (Quercus) forests of the Central Himalayan region, its wildlife and it has over 200 bird species
- Jim Corbett National Park — a spectacular panorama of the jungle and its many species of birds, reptiles, flora etc.
Other destinations include Bhimtal, Sattal which are interconnected lakes in Nainital district. Chaukori and Berinag in Pithoragarh also provide majestic views of the Panchachuli peaks of the Himalayas.
Local dialect in this region is Kumaoni, but everyone can communicate in Hindi. Most traders and all officials speak English.
Haldwani in Nainital district is the gateway to Kumaon, which is about 290 km from Delhi. Daily bus services of Uttarakhand roadways & Uttar Pradesh roadways are available from ISBT Anand Vihar. Kathgodam is the terminal railway station of Kumaon which is well connected to the cities of Delhi, Dehradoon, Howrah & Jammu. Lalkuan is another nearby railway station. From Haldwani every part of Kumaon is easily accessible by bus and taxis.
- Garhwal – the western part of the state