Summer Fun

Get outside and enjoy the best of the season with these activities.

Gentle waves crash onto Cayucos State Beach on the waterfront of Cayucos on the Central Coast of California.

8 Quaint Coastal Towns in the West

Seek ocean breezes and quiet at these laid-back spots.
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.
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.
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.
A cup of  oce cream sits on the bar counter at Bozeman's Sweet Peaks West Main location.

Favorite Ice Cream Shops in the West

Members scream for this irresistible summer treat.
roller-coaster riders enjoying the ride at Six Flags in Vallejo, California

Plan an Awesome Theme Park Vacation

Try these tips to help keep your amusement park trip on track.
Pink sunset at Pinnacles National Park in California.

5 California National Parks Deliver Top Thrills

Hike volcanic terrain, sleep under the stars, and catch condors in flight at these California parks.
Kids jump off the dock at Flathead Lake Lodge.

7 Unexpected Destinations for Fun Family Vacations

Escape the crowds and find an adventure the whole crew will enjoy.
San Elijo State Beach, Encinitas CA

Top Beach Towns for Summer

From California to Washington, here are 6 sparkling places to dig your toes in the sand.
view of the unique rock formations in Lake Powell, Utah

The Best Lakes for Summer Fun in the West

For a day at the beach, head inland! Discover scenic lakes with sandy shores and water activities.
Sun peeks over Mount Lemmon in Arizona.

5 Summer Day Trips in Arizona

Cruise to cooler climes with these easy-breezy itineraries.
Huckleberry bear claw from Polebridge Mercantile on a piece of parchment paper.

9 Spots to Get Huckleberry Delights in the West

From milkshakes and pastries to burgers and cocktails, you don’t want to miss these berry-filled eats.
Downtown Placerville, California at dusk.

7 Summer Road Trips to Escape the Crowds

Take the road less traveled to these quieter destinations.
The view of the Pacific Ocean from the Dillon Beach Resort in Bodega Bay, California.

5 Affordable Beach Vacation Spots in the West

From quiet hideaways to pristine sandy stretches, these less-crowded destinations have something for everyone.
a hiker watches the sunset at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

8 Fun Things to Do in Arizona This Summer

Escape the heat with these cool, unique outdoor activities.