Melanie Haiken

Contributing Writer, Via

Melanie Haiken is an award-winning writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area who covers travel, health, science and the environment for numerous national and regional magazines and websites. In addition to CNN, she writes for AFAR, Parade, Sierra and Delta Sky, and documents her adventures further at Health Conscious Travel.


Broad Street in Nevada City, California.

5 Gold Country Towns Worth a Visit

These historic towns along Highway 49 offer great food, hospitality, architecture, and scenery.
A tourist stands overlooking Horseshoe Bend on sunny day in Page, Arizona.

Things to do on a Weekend in Page, Arizona

Slot canyons, scenic viewpoints, and a Lake Powell are highlights of a visit.
dogwoods and maples brighten Grass Valley's Main Street with fall color in California's Gold Country

Fall Weekend in Gold Country: Grass Valley, California

Fall in gold country means harvest celebrations, revisiting mining history, and prime leaf peeping.
picture of a couple snorkeling in Bora Bora

Top Destinations for Celebrating Life’s Milestones

Cherish moments in your life with travel to places such as France, East Africa, Bora Bora, and Maui.
Sunrise over Midway Utah, image

Get a Taste of Switzerland in Midway, Utah

The hills are alive with Swiss heritage and active adventures in Midway, Utah.
ferris wheel at sunset at the Josephine County Fair in Grants Pass, Oregon, picture

Grants Pass, Oregon Summer Escape

Grants Pass, a onetime logging and mining town, is a great place to chill out on a hot summer day.
dusk settles over Bodega Head at Bodega Bay, California, picture

A Weekend in Bodega Bay, California

Bodega Bay offers a welcoming atmosphere, Michelin-starred cuisine, and unspoiled beaches.