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Things to Do

Find things to do throughout the West in great cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Portland. From historical sites to active adventures, Via gets the scoop on things to do this weekend and beyond.

Marin County's Best Beaches

The best Marin County beaches for fishing, leash-free dog walking, discovering hermit crabs, and trying stand-up paddleboarding.

Miniature Trains You Can Ride in California

When the umpteenth episode of Thomas the Tank Engine no longer keeps the kids enthralled, it's time for a miniature train ride.

Lake Tahoe Summer Fun Activities

In summer, Lake Tahoe offers kayaking, hot-air ballooning, and great places to eat lakeside and take in the scenery.

What to Do, See, and Eat in Monterey, CA

See the best of Monterey, California by land and sea. Hike, whale watch, and dine along the thriving coast.

Beautiful Train Rides Around the World

These train rides deliver views, luxury, and a unique travel experience.

6 Great Holiday Markets in California

Get into seasonal spirit—and cross some gifts off your list—at one of these festive and fun holiday fairs. 

Best Tide Pools Around the West

The West's coast teem with tide pools and little critters waiting to be discovered.

West Coast Ships and Boats to Explore

Board an ocean liner, floating museums, aircraft carriers, a submarine, a riverboat, and one of the world’s oldest active ships.

Spend a Lively Weekend in Historic Virginia City, Nevada

In this spirited slice of the Old West just 20 miles from Reno you'll experience everything from steam trains to camel races.

Hiking the Peter Douglas Trail to Shady Dell in Mendocino County

You can now access a stretch of beachfront forest that was off-limits to the public for more than a century.

Best Car Museums in the West

VIA readers share their favorite places to see vintage vehicles in Nevada, Utah, Washington, California, and Oregon.

Best Places to Shop and Eat in the East Bay

These four cities east of the Caldecott Tunnel offer a number of shopping and dining destinations.