Laura Kiniry

Contributing Writer, Via

Former Via intern Laura Kiniry spends much of each year scouring the globe for stories. As a full-time freelance writer she's worked with dozens of renowned print and online publications, including O-The Oprah Magazine, AtlasObscura.com, Saveur, Smithsonianmag.com, NPR.com, BBCTravel.com, and various AAA magazines such as Western Journey and Westways. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @laurajkin.


A father and son walk through a Halloween corn maze on a cloudy day.

The Best Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes in the West

Get in the Halloween spirit with these local attractions.
Amtrak train rides past yellow aspens.

8 Stunning Places to Visit by Train

Take the train to these inviting cities in Alaska, Arizona, California, and more.
Bighorn River cuts through the steep canyon walls in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

7 Late Summer Day Trips

It’s not too late to sneak in a road trip.
The boardwalk at Moonstone Beach near Cambria, California.

Highway 1 Road Trip: Big Sur to San Luis Obispo

This PCH stretch has stunning vistas, seaside hamlets, and whale watching opportunities.
A ranger walks the Grove of the Titans trail boardwalk in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

What’s New in Northern California’s Parks and Lands

From the just-opened Presidio Tunnel Tops to the reopening of Big Basin, see the latest.
Wildflowers carpet the slopes beneath Mount Rainier.

10 Best Places to See Alpine Wildflowers in the West

Catch these summer delights before they’re gone.
A fairytale building in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, photo

Where to See Fairytale Cottages in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Walk around this tiny coastal town to see storybook architecture brought to life.
A family hike on a trail in Grand Teton National Park.

7 Fun Things to do in the Summer with Kids

Enjoy the best of the West with these family-friendly summer activities.
Trees on the shoreline of Orcas Island, Washington at sunset.

7 Quiet Island Escapes Around the West

Get away from it all at these lesser-visited enclaves.
Main Street in Wallace, Idaho.

The West’s Best Mountain Towns for Summer

Enjoy moderate temperatures, quiet hiking trails, craft food, and more.
Angel's Landing in Zion National Park at sunrise or sunset in Utah.

Explore Utah's Greater Zion Region

Here's what to do, see, and eat in and around Zion National Park.
A couple truck camping in Kaibab National Forest.

11 Spots to Camp Without the Crowds

Get off the beaten track and enjoy some serenity.
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.
Books and a tablet playing a movie set on a counter.

Cozy Up with These 7 Books and Movies Set in the West

From classic films to best sellers, these fictional tales bring their settings to life.
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.