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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.

How to Enjoy Big Sur Right Now

Heavy winter rains wreaked havoc on Big Sur's roads and state parks, but the highways are open now and there's plenty to explore.

9 Revitalized Classic Hollywood Hangouts

Get a taste of Hollywood’s Golden Age at these classic, recently-updated bars, theaters, hotels, and hangouts.

4 Summer Day Trips from Lake Tahoe

Take a break from the lake for some new spots.

8 National Historic Trail Road Trips

Trace the paths taken by the West’s explorers, migrants, and Native peoples along these National Historic Trails.

Grants Pass, Oregon Summer Escape

Grants Pass, Oregon is a summer destination for outdoor adventurers, underground explorers, and anyone seeking simple pleasures.

San Francisco’s Postcard Row Painted Ladies

San Francisco's famous Painted Ladies, coined Postcard Row, have become an iconic part of the city, surviving over 100 years.

Your Favorite Urban Parks in the Pacific Northwest

Via readers share six of their favorite urban parks in the Pacific Northwest.

Cleaning Up Oregon's Beautiful Willamette River

From its pristine headwaters to its Columbia River Confluence, Oregon's Willamette River is being cleaned up after much neglect.

5 Things We Love About Port Townsend, Washington

In Port Townsend, Washington, you'll find great outdoors, locally produced craft beverages, theaters, and a well-stocked bookshop.

The Best Lakes for Summer Fun in the West

For a day at the beach, head inland! Discover scenic lakes with sandy shores and water activities.

5 Exceptional Bay Area Redwood Groves

You don’t have to go to Muir Woods or Big Basin to stand in awe under redwoods. Visit these lesser-known groves in the Bay Area.

Bear Lake, Utah Summer Weekend Escape

Frolic in azure water, nosh on toothsome pizza, and explore a chilly cave at Bear Lake on the border of Idaho and Utah.