Places to Visit

Discover the best places to visit in the USA, in western states like California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Oregon, and beyond. Find places to go with kids or on your own, and dive deep into vacation destinations across the West.

Beautiful Beacons: Best West Coast Lighthouses

These lighthouses stand against some of the world's most stunning backdrops.

Calistoga, California: Winter Hot Spot

This Napa Valley town keeps the winter cold at bay with steamy mineral baths, soothing spas, and wonderful food and wine.

Hidden Oahu: Discover the Islands Best-Kept Secrets

Discover Oahu's best-kept secrets by heading off the beaten path.

Top California Wilderness Spots Without the Crowds

For every Tahoe, Big Sur, or Death Valley, there are plenty of less-traveled options for those in search of natural splendors.

15 Fantastic Bike Paths in the West

Easy bike paths in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington provide plenty of car-free pedal fun.

10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101

From south to north, from secret beaches to succulent barbecue, these roadside diversions demand a stop.

Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive

From Los Angeles to Puget Sound, Highway 101 is the ultimate Pacific Coast drive. 

6 Gateway Towns to the West's Best National Parks

From Groveland, California, to Jackson, Wyoming, don't forget about the towns nearby national parks on your next adventure.

Cottonwood, Arizona: In the Heart of Verde Valley

Charming Cottonwood has become a go-to destination for adventurous food and wine lovers.

Escape to Eastern Oregon's Joseph

Oregon's northeastern outpost provides a relaxing base for exploring Wallowa Lake and the dramatic 9,600-foot Wallowa Mountains.

Portland's Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood

Once an independent town, the riverside neighborhood retains its quirky free spirit.

Best State Parks in the Western U.S.

Which park ranks supreme in your state? Read on for a list of the best state parks in the West.