Laura Kiniry

Contributing Writer, Via

A hotel housekeeper straightens a made bed

How Much Should You Tip Around the World?

From coffee in Italy to a haircut back home, here's how much you should tip no matter where you are.
The sign outside of Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary.

Spend a Weekend in Laramie, Wyoming

Take in world-class art, hike across glacially shaped mountains, and soak in the small town charm.
A vendor pours a glass of wine for a visitor at the Monterey Wine Festival in California.

8 Fantastic Summer Food and Wine Festivals

Taste some of the best foods across the West at these fests.
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8 Best Walking Tours in the West

Discover the best food and wild history in these towns and cities.
Blooming weeping cherry tree in the Portland Japanese Garden.

7 Spots to See Cherry Blossoms in the West

From California to Utah, delight in these magical displays.
Park City, Utah hill lit up for night skiing

A Weekend in Park City, Utah

Famous for the Sundance Film Festival, the city also boasts great skiing, food, and shops.
RV parked at a campsite in Devils Garden Campground, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

7 Best Spots to Camp This Winter in the West

Find quiet respite and mild conditions at these campgrounds.
Open highway near Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Road Trip: Vegas to Mt. Charleston

This desert road trip brims with life.
A camper sits on a sleeping pad and sleeping bag on frozen ground while drinking a coffee.

Beginner’s Guide to Winter Camping

Serene campgrounds await.
Yosemite National Park's firefall lit up at sunset.

10 Must-Do Winter Activities in California

Get out of the house and play this season.
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in San Francisco's Union Square at night.

20 Places to Go Ice Skating in the West

Glide and giggle on these festive rinks, from seasonal pop-ups to year-round set-ups.
Swift Creek in the Stillwater State Forest near Whitefish, Montana.

13 Free Things to do Across the West This Winter

Make memories with these activities, from Arizona to Alaska.
The sun sets behind a shade structure at Dark Sky RV Park and Campground in Kanab, Utah.

Beautiful Places to Park an RV or Van in the West

Spend the night at these cool spots, from wineries to golf courses and all types of venues in between.
Flickering luminarias along a path in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

10 Winter Festivals Around the West

Fully embrace winter cheer with concerts, fireworks, dancing, and more.
Snow-covered rocks in Yosemite Valley.

Why You Should Visit Yosemite in Winter 

Plus what to do in the park during the off-season.