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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.

Bay Area Hikes With Great Payoffs

These nature hikes are worthwhile anytime, but they especially deliver in winter, with fog-free skies and migrating animals.

5 Cultural Discoveries in California's Central Valley

As the weather cools, head indoors for art exhibits, rock concerts, and an unexpected underground garden.

The Coolest Underground Tours in Arizona

Escape the blazing heat with one of four underground tours in the southeastern corner of Arizona.

Readers' Favorite Scenic Swim Spots

From Trillium Lake in Oregon to Mayfield Lake in Washington, these are some of readers' favorite swim spots.

5 Ways to Enjoy San Francisco Bay

Whether you get out on the water or admire it from the shore, make the most of Northern California's watery playground.

Rafting the Grand Canyon's Colorado River

Explore the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River on a two-day motorized rafting trip or a longer full canyon oar experience.

The Best Water Sports Venues in the West

A guide to some of the hottest spots to cool down in the West.

Top Things to Do at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon offers amazing views by day, but be sure to stay for the night sky.

5 California National Parks Deliver Top Thrills

Sleeping under the stars at Joshua Tree, spotting a condor at Pinnacles, and other thrills occur at these National Parks.

Top Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Explore Yosemite with a hike to Vernal Fall, a bike ride, a drive to Glacier Point, and a visit to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Spring Getaway to Moapa Valley, Nevada

Spring is the perfect time to explore gorgeous geology at Valley of Fire State Park and ancient history at the Lost City Museum.

3 Top Nature Spots for Winter Fun

Yellowstone, Mt. Hood, and Bryce offer dramatic snowy landscapes along with outdoor excursions and wildlife viewing.