Matt Villano

Contributing Writer, Via

Matt Villano is a freelance writer and editor based in Healdsburg, California. He has written for outlets including CNN Travel, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AFAR, TIME, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and the San Francisco Chronicle to name a few.


Yosemite Beyond the Valley

Yosemite Beyond the Valley

Venture beyond Yosemite Valley to find mountain magic at California's most popular national park.
Where to Stop on I-5, from Sacramento to Los Angeles

Where to Stop on I-5, from Sacramento to Los Angeles

Stretch your legs, grab a snack, and take a break at these spots along Interstate 5 in California.
Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

From warm sand to fresh snow, play together at these kid-friendly spots in the West.
How to Break Your Car Window in an Emergency

How to Break Your Car Window in an Emergency

Accidents happen. An escape plan—and the right tools—can help you stay safe and calm.
7 Places to See the Northern Lights in the U.S. and Beyond

7 Places to See the Northern Lights in the U.S. and Beyond

Witness the stunning aurora borealis at one of these spots.
7 Tips for Traveling With Your Extended Family

7 Tips for Traveling With Your Extended Family

Plan a getaway that keeps multiple generations happy.
7 West Coast Towns for a Mellow Beach Weekend

7 West Coast Towns for a Mellow Beach Weekend

Stroll, splash, and explore in these Pacific Coast towns.
First-Timer’s Guide to Humboldt Redwoods State Park

First-Timer’s Guide to Humboldt Redwoods State Park

3,000-year-old trees, miles of trails, and more.
Best Tide Pools Around the West

Best Tide Pools Around the West

The Pacific Coast teems with tide pools and little critters waiting to be discovered.
8 Iconic Movie Locations to Visit in the West

8 Iconic Movie Locations to Visit in the West

Visit these real film locations in the West that brought your favorite Hollywood movies to life.
Don’t-Miss Spots in Downtown Reno and the Riverwalk District

Don’t-Miss Spots in Downtown Reno and the Riverwalk District

Discover nature, art, and Reno's unique culture—all within downtown and the Riverwalk.
Las Vegas City Guide: Where to Go On and Off the Strip

Las Vegas City Guide: Where to Go On and Off the Strip

Get to know Las Vegas like a local, from downtown to Chinatown, Red Rock Canyon to Hoover Dam.
Celebrate Fall in Half Moon Bay, CA

Celebrate Fall in Half Moon Bay, CA

About a half-hour south of San Francisco, a farming and fishing community comes to life in autumn.
8 Family-Friendly Hikes Around the West

8 Family-Friendly Hikes Around the West

Don't miss these easy hikes in the Bay Area, Southern California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona.