Places to Visit

Discover the best places to visit in the USA, in western states like California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Oregon, and beyond. Find places to go with kids or on your own, and dive deep into vacation destinations across the West.

Reader's Favorite Wonders of the West

Readers' picks for the most awe-inspiring body of water, life-form, swath of land, and man-made structure.

Lake Hopping in Prescott, AZ

Prescott, Arizona's four surrounding lakes offer hiking, well-stocked fishing, camping, boating, rock climbing, and wildlife.

River Getaways in the West

Here are nine river retreats around the West for great rafting, kayaking, fishing, serious swimming, or just splashing around.

8 Reasons Truckee is Tahoe's Trendy Hot Spot

Food, art, and fun—it’s boom time again in this Sierra Nevada railroad town.

A Weekend in Angels Camp, California

A small town in the Sierra foothills features Gold Rush era artifacts, artisan chocolates, and a famous frog-jumping contest.

New Zealand Wine and Adventure

Balance exciting adventure, like bungee jumping and jet boating, with delicious wine tasting in New Zealand's South Island.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Top Sights

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes more than 35 sites, where natural beauty and human history hide in plain sight.

Visiting Boulder City and the Hoover Dam

History lives on in this mini metropolis built to support Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel.

Should You Visit London or Paris?

Europe’s top destinations remain locked in eternal rivalry as they vie for your heart—and vacation time.

Best Mountain Towns for Winter

These four mountain towns deliver the best of winter.

Things We Love about Lewistown, Montana

A small, historic mountain town features gorgeous views, country tunes, local art, and the Montana Winter Fair.

10 Must-See Natural Wonders of the West

From Death Valley to Hells Canyon, the West features natural wonders just begging for exploration. Read about our favorites.