Andy Murdock

Contributing Writer, Via

Andy Murdock is the co-founder and editor of The Statesider US Travel Newsletter, and former editor for Lonely Planet and Airbnb. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Vox, BBC Travel, and more. Find Andy exploring California's backroads, 50 yards back on the trail because he stopped to look at an interesting plant, ogling American-made string instruments, or on Twitter @andy_murdock.

Sunset at Watchman peak along the Virgin river in Zion National Park, Utah

Visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in Fall

Without the summer crowds and heat, southern Utah’s iconic national parks come to life.
The Wine Train passes the Robert Mondavi Winery's To Kalon vineyard during late afternoon in Oakville, California

Riding the Napa Valley Wine Train

Delicious vintages pair with beautiful panoramas on this old-school ride.
Sparrow Bakery bun and coffee, picture

Best Bakeries in the West

Whether you’re in wine country or high country, it’s worth a side trip to visit these cozy bakeries.