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A visitor overlooks Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.

Episode 3: Make it a State Park Summer with Peter Fish

Avoid the crowds and visit a state park when the nature urge strikes. Hosts Michelle Donati and Mitti Hicks chat with travel journalist and parks expert Peter Fish to discover the lesser-known state parks throughout the vast West.
A forager cuts a mushroom off a forest floor with a knife.

Episode 2: Dig Into Nature on a Foraging Trip with Maria Finn

Traverse the West's forests, waters, and even sidewalk cracks in search of edible plants with expert guidance from forager and cookbook author Maria Finn.
Summer visitors flock to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the Fourth of July.

Santa Cruz, California: Fun on the Boardwalk and Beyond

Oceanside fun, tasty eats, and California history converge in Santa Cruz.
The vineyards at DANCIN Vineyards in Medford, Oregon.

A Weekend in Rogue Valley, Oregon

A river runs through this picturesque Gold Rush town.
a family takes a fun photo in front of the entrance to LEGOLAND California.

What’s New at California’s Popular Theme Parks This Year

Hop on the latest attractions at LEGOLAND, Disneyland, and more.
People sit outside the Jazz Kitchen Coastal Grill & Patio in Downtown Disney District.

What to See and Do in the Downtown Disney District

Discover the best places to eat and shop in this insider’s guide.
Seven Magic Mountains, Ugo Rondinone, Nevada desert

Best Outdoor Sculptures in the Southwest

Visit these incredible pieces of art in the always inspiring Southwestern desert.
A woman sits on a red rock in Sedona, Arizona.

5 Peaceful Spring Break Spots in Arizona

These escapes provide quietude, meditative ambiance, and a chance to reconnect with nature.
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How to Safely Make the Most of a Long Drive

Spending hours on the road? Here's how to be smart—and safe—behind the wheel.
A passenger boat cuts through deep blue water.

5 Safety Tips for Off-Road Vehicles and Watercraft

Stay safe while riding dirt bikes, boats, jet skis, and ATVs this summer.
A mechanic prepares a tool in a AAA repair shop

How to Find a Quality Auto Shop and Get the Most From Your Mechanic

5 easy steps to create a beneficial and positive relationship with your auto mechanic.
A man rides a shared bike on a protected bike lane in New York City.

How to Safely and Legally Share the Road with Cyclists

Drivers need to be especially cautious around cyclists. Here’s how best to share the road.
Downieville's historic buildings line a street through the core of the town.

Road Trip Through the Lost Sierra

Tumbling rivers, hot springs, and historic gold mining towns are just some of the riches here.
pair of steel longhorns welcomes travelers to Sonoita, Arizona, as sun sets in the background

Wild West Road Trip Through Southeast Arizona

Road-trip through southeast Arizona and find history in the ranches, mines, and ghost towns.
McWay Falls against a turquoise ocean on a sunny day.

7 Scenic Waterfall Road Trips

The ultimate road trip prize? A stunning cascade. Here’s where to find them.
A family kayaks on Flathead Lake in Montana.

8 Hidden Gem Road Trips in the West

It’s all about the journey on these scenic drives.
A dirt road winds through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona.

Four Corners Road Trip

From ancient ruins to legendary red-rock terrain, this scenic loop is the essence of the desert Southwest.
Open highway near Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Road Trip: Vegas to Mt. Charleston

This desert road trip brims with life.
A hiker overlooks Williwaw Lakes in Chugach State Park, near Anchorage, Alaska, in summer.

21 Best Hikes Across the West

Check out these hikes in state parks and other public lands instead of crowded national parks.
Kayaks on the shore of Lake Crescent in Washington's Olympic National Park.

5 Destinations to Escape Summer’s Heat and Smoke

Connect with nature in these cool idylls that are relatively safe from wildfires.
A father and son put together their camping tent.

8 Best Campgrounds for Kids in the West

Play hard and sleep soundly at these inviting spots.
A hiker stands at an overlook in Sedona, Arizona.

7 Essential Tips to Hike Safely This Summer

Prevent sunburns, dehydration, and heat illnesses while hiking.
Pest free, clean white kitchen.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Home

Prevent mice, ants, bedbugs, and more.
A man and woman sit against a wall before painting

Home Improvement Projects: DIY vs. Pro?

Here’s how to decide when to do a renovation yourself or hire a contractor.
A quillber at Animal Ark in Reno, Nevada rides in a wagon.

8 Animal Sanctuaries to Visit in the West

These ethically run homes for adorable creatures allow visitors to get up close and personal.
Everclear plays on stage at the Mesa Music Festival in Arizona.

8 Free Spring and Summer Festivals in Arizona

Fill your calendar with these budget-friendly bashes, classes, and parades.
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8 Best Walking Tours in the West

Discover the best food and wild history in these towns and cities.
A mural covers the multi-story women's building in San Francisco's Mission District.

Favorite Public Art Spots in California

AAA Members share historic murals and gorgeous sculptures scattered throughout the state.
Rows of coffee trees on a Hawaiian coffee farm at sunset.

Where to Taste and Tour Hawaiian Coffee on the Islands

See working farms, pick blush-red beans, and sip on Kona coffee at its source.
Warfield Distillery rooftop bar guests sip drinks beneath the covered seating area in downtown Ketchum, Idaho

Best Rooftop Bars in the West

Rooftop bars pair glorious panoramas and delicious sips.