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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.

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.

15 Fantastic Bike Paths in the West

Easy bike paths in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington provide plenty of car-free pedal fun.

Escape to Eastern Oregon's Joseph

Oregon's northeastern outpost provides a relaxing base for exploring Wallowa Lake and the dramatic 9,600-foot Wallowa Mountains.

Stingray Touch Exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Learn why this ocean exhibit is a significant reminder for visitors to Arizona's desert.

The Top Thing to Do on Each Hawaiian Island

On each island there's one don't-miss activity, from seeing Kauai by helicopter to exploring Maui's waterfalls on a drive to Hana.

Stress-Free Weekend in Calistoga, California

Spend a relaxing weekend in this Napa Valley town.