Garrick Ramirez

Contributing Writer, Via

Garrick is a writer and photographer based in San Francisco. You can view his work at garrickramirez.com.


picture of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at sunset

7 Spots for a Short and Sweet Summer Trip

Enjoy the sunshine—or beat the heat—with a few days away in one of these summer-fun destinations.
Bixby Bridge at sunset along California's Highway 1 coastal highway, image

Where to Eat Along the California Coast from Big Sur to Monterey

Pull over for the best eats along California's Central Coast.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park Avenue of the Giants road

California Redwood Country Stops and Sights

Find forgotten forests and friendly restaurants in California’s Humboldt County.
Tesla charging at Hendy Woods State Park.

Best EV Charging Stations in the West

These charging stops are the destination.
A display outside Artsy Chica Boutique in San Juan Boutista, CA.

A Weekend in San Juan Bautista, California

Delight in history and new eats.
East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, California.

Things to Do in Ojai, California

Slow down and savor the celebrated sunsets in this southern Shangri-La.
A young son and his dad wash carrots before cooking together.

12 Fun Things to Do at Home with Kids

Keep kids of all ages busy while you social distance with these activities.
view of the unique rock formations in Lake Powell, Utah

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.
a tailing wheel at the kennedy gold mine near sutter creek, california

Spring Weekend in Sutter Creek, California

Want a quick getaway for spring break? Try Sutter Creek along Gold Country's Highway 49.
Adirondack chairs at the edge of a pond at Wrath Wines, picture

Discover Monterey County’s Under-Explored Santa Lucia Highlands

The foothills east of the Santa Lucia Mountains offer natural splendor, and eateries worth a detour.
Liberty Lake surrounded by green, leafy trees under blue, partly cloudy sky at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, picture

The West's Best City Parks

Step into nature and let the kids explore at one of these great urban parks around the West.
the Sri Lankan egg hopper dish from 1601 Bar & Kitchen

Is Portland or San Francisco the Better Food City?

Two restaurant critics go head-to-head over which city is the best food destination.
picture of Carmel Bay at Carmel River State Beach at Carmel, California

A Weekend in Carmel, California

This picture-perfect town delights with some of the finest seascapes in California.
Turquoise waters at Lake Tahoe in the summer

Lake Tahoe Summer Family Vacation Guide

Whether you hike and camp or relax on the beach at the resort, craft an unforgettable family trip to Lake Tahoe.
fried chicken sandwich and crinkle fries at Pretty Bird in Salt Lake City, Utah, picture

6 Must-Try Chicken Restaurants in the West

Creative chefs are taking chicken seriously—with delicious results.