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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.

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.

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.

7 Small Town Escapes Just Outside the City

These towns may look tiny next to major metropolitan areas, but their history, culture, and outdoors make them stand out.

VIP Weekend in Seattle for Music Lovers

From its grunge past to its indie, folk, and rap present, Seattle has music in its DNA. Get to know the city with this guide.

Best Big Festivals in the West

You'll want to plan your summer (and early fall) around these top celebrations.

Rome or Florence? Here’s Why You Should Go to Both

Just 170 miles apart, Rome and Florence offer very different experiences in a single vacation.

3 Scenic Spring Hikes in Mendocino County

The region is always a hit with nature lovers, but it's particularly spectacular in spring. 

A Perfect Weekend in Patagonia, Arizona

The onetime boomtown shines, thanks to its stunning setting and outsize arts scene.

Hidden Santa Cruz Nature Spots

Head beyond the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and explore beautiful, off-the-beaten-path nature spots in Santa Cruz County.