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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.

Beautiful Beginner Hikes in Northern California

NorCal's stunning coastline, breathtaking forests and streams, and rich history offer extraordinary backdrops for an easy hike.

Forest Bathing: Experience Nature, Expand Your Mind

Unlike hiking, forest bathing—or shinrin-yoku, as it's called in Japan—is more about mindfulness than physical activity. 

5 Fun Ways to Experience San Francisco History

San Francisco is full of fun ways to get a taste of life as far back as the gold rush.

The Best Stargazing Spots in the West

Eight brilliant spots where the night sky is the best show around.

Looking for the Summer of Love in San Francisco

It's been 50 years since the Summer of Love, and this author takes another look at San Francisco.

Are You Ready for the Brisbee 1,000 Stair Climb?

Outdoor stair climb race meets craft brew festival in historic downtown Bisbee, Arizona, every third weekend in October.

Beloved San Francisco Sights and Activities

Via writers and editors share their favorite things to do in San Francisco.

What to Eat at San Francisco Giants Games at Oracle Park

Move over, steamed hot dogs. San Francisco’s Oracle Park has some great eats.

Fun Things to do in Downtown Boise, Idaho

Telemark meets macchiato in downtown Boise.

San Francisco to Tahoe Without a Car

No car, no problem. You can still get to Lake Tahoe from San Francisco sans car, by the MegaBus or even a non-stop flight.

Scenic Outings on the San Mateo County Coast

These coastal adventures let you revel in the natural beauty of San Mateo County and marvel at its abundant wildlife.

Members' Favorite Wildlife Refuges in the West

Via readers share their favorite places for viewing wildlife.