Kristina Malsberger

Contributing Writer, Via

See Lassen Peak's stunning reflection from the Manzanita Lake Trail.

Must-Visit Wild and Quiet National Parks

These seven treasures don't attract throngs of visitors—which only makes them better.
a person cups freshly-picked cherries in Brentwood, California.

Best Summer Fruit U-Pick Spots

Check out these popular u-pick farms for the sweetest, juiciest fruit in the West.
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, picture

Yosemite's Half Dome

Learn more about the iconic peak in Yosemite National Park.
People relax in Mission Dolores Park on a sunny day, image

San Francisco's Top Sights and Hidden Gems

San Francisco's top spots go beyond cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge.
View of Uptown Oakland, California, picture

A Weekend in Downtown Oakland, California

Downtown Oakland's renaissance means hip new restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries.
dairy cows graze on Valley Ford Road, image

Marin County, California Cheese Triangle Trail

Explore Marin's rural backroads and you'll discover independent dairies and creameries.
Alamere Falls runs into the Pacific Ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore, image

Beauty Meets Bounty in Marin County

Explore Muir Woods, Mount Tamalpais, and Point Reyes National Seashore—then enjoy a meal nearby.