Christopher Hall

Contributing Writer, Via

While reporting on food, architecture, travel and other cultural topics, San Francisco journalist Christopher Hall has carved stones for a medieval French castle, interviewed San Quentin inmate-artists, surveyed Istanbul from its highest minaret, participated in a Brazilian voodoo ceremony, eaten tapas with an octogenarian nun in Seville, bowled with drag queens in Las Vegas, and rowed across a fjord with a Norwegian cheesemaker and one of her goats. He has written for many publications, including Smithsonian, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, AARP The Magazine, Gourmet, and Sunset, He is a frequent VIA contributor.


Should You Visit London or Paris?

Should You Visit London or Paris?

Europe’s top destinations remain locked in rivalry as they vie for your heart—and vacation time.
Visiting Boulder City and the Hoover Dam

Visiting Boulder City and the Hoover Dam

History lives on in Boulder City, Nevada, the town built to support the Hoover Dam.
Sonoma County Eats for Any Palate

Sonoma County Eats for Any Palate

California's wine country has a variety of dishes to satisfy all your cravings.
Reno, Nevada: Exploring the Biggest Little City in the World

Reno, Nevada: Exploring the Biggest Little City in the World

There’s never been more to see and do in Reno.
Best Places to See Fall Color in the West

Best Places to See Fall Color in the West

From the Sierras to the Sawtooth National Forest, here’s where to see fall foliage in all its glory.
Insider’s Guide to 6 Top National Parks

Insider’s Guide to 6 Top National Parks

Experience the splendor of six beloved national parks of the West with these insider tips.
The Best Lakes for Summer Fun in the West

The Best Lakes for Summer Fun in the West

For a day at the beach, head inland! Discover scenic lakes with sandy shores and water activities.
The 11 Most Beautiful Places on the Pacific Coast

The 11 Most Beautiful Places on the Pacific Coast

These magnificent spots showcase the wonder of the West Coast.
Winter Weekend Getaway to Banff, Alberta

Winter Weekend Getaway to Banff, Alberta

A winter weekend in Banff, Alberta, means there’s something for everyone.
4 Ideal Winter Desert Destinations

4 Ideal Winter Desert Destinations

The West offers no shortage of glorious desert landscapes for winter hikes.
Must-See Icons and Hot Spots in Palm Springs

Must-See Icons and Hot Spots in Palm Springs

Old-school cool meets new chic in the Southern California desert.
4 Affordable Tropical Vacations Outside the U.S.

4 Affordable Tropical Vacations Outside the U.S.

These tropical destinations deliver natural beauty, creature comforts, and quality beach time.
Huckleberry Foraging in the Pacific Northwest

Huckleberry Foraging in the Pacific Northwest

Huckleberries are the flavor of summer in the Pacific Northwest.
Things to Do on Whidbey Island, Washington

Things to Do on Whidbey Island, Washington

Friendly towns, quiet woods, and gorgeous beaches make the island perfect for a summer idyll.
Bear Valley, California: A Low-Key Tahoe Alternative

Bear Valley, California: A Low-Key Tahoe Alternative

Beat the Tahoe crowds in this Sierra getaway.