Kristina Malsberger

Contributing Writer, Via

Formerly one of Via’s hardworking senior editors, Kristina Malsberger remains a frequent contributor and card-carrying fan. Her travel writing adventures include exploring the Great Barrier Reef, rappelling into limestone caverns, and interviewing Don Ho. She has also written TED talks and penned jokes for the National Comedy Center. When she isn’t tapping away at her keyboard, Kristina can be found traipsing along a Bay Area hiking trail.


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.
a yellow bloom on a cactus in lost dutchman state park

Where to See Wildflowers in the West

When spring arrives, wildflowers paint the West in a rainbow of colors.
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.
Twisted Colossus steel-wood hybrid roller coaster at Magic Mountain, picture

Top Thrills at Southern California Theme Parks

Four theme parks turn up the wow factor with fun attractions guaranteed to give you goose bumps.
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.