Laurie Isola

Contributing Writer, Via

Laurie Isola is a writer and editor who has worked as a digital producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and SFGate.com, a travel writer for Rough Guides, an editor and contributor at Via magazine, and a desk editor and reporter at a regional news wire in the San Francisco Bay Area. To mix things up, she co-owned and operated Germany’s first tacowagen in Berlin.


Oakland Zoo's Sky Ride stretches over the Oakland hills.

7 Aerial Tram Rides in the West

These aerial gondolas and trams offer a new perspective on destinations in the West.
a pregnant woman writes a to-do list with a heart

18 Things to Do Before Baby Is Born

Practical prep essentials to get your house and life in order before you welcome a new baby.
hand-carved wooden animals with riders, both young and old, at the Historic Carousel & Museum in Albany, Oregon, picture

Things to Do in Albany, Oregon

In one of the Willamette Valley's oldest towns, explore history, good eats, and a restored carousel.
a couple walking into the Vintage Berkeley, picture

Get to Know Berkeley, California on These 3 Walking Tours

Three walks lead to great eats, beautiful vistas, and lovable oddities.
Gunsight Mountain and Anthony Lake near Baker City, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon Weekend Getaway

Discover Old West history, high-desert scenery, and a four-foot-tall salt lick in eastern Oregon.
murals examined by woman and child along Ferry Street in Dayton, Oregon, picture

A Weekend in Dayton, Oregon

Once a busy river port, this sweet Willamette Valley town is also where Oregon's pinot craze began.
Two women laugh while resting on a hike, image

How to Plan an Active Vacation

Research, plan ahead, pack lightweight gear, and have AAA help build a travel package to suit you.
A mountain biker among the trees in Rancho del Oso.

Rancho del Oso: Santa Cruz Coastal Oasis

Find a wealth of beauty off Highway 1 near Santa Cruz.
view across vineyard towards Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada, picture

Okanagan Valley, B.C.: A Food Epicenter

British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is a stellar foodie destination. Here are five delicious stops.