Things to Do

Find things to do throughout the West in great cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Portland. From historical sites to active adventures, Via gets the scoop on things to do this weekend and beyond.

Whale Watching in Northern California and Oregon

Northern California and Oregon are some of the best places in the world for whale watching—you don’t even have to leave dry land.

Indulge in the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene

You don’t need to fly to Europe to indulge your desire for pungent truffles—just head to the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene.

Free Things to Do in Your Favorite California Cities

From San Francisco's Presidio to San Diego's Balboa Park, there's tons to do along the California Coast without spending a dime.

How to Beat the Crowds at Muir Woods

At 110 years old, Muir Woods is more popular than ever. Learn about the new reservation system and how to avoid the crowds. 

Biking the Bay Bridge

An audacious path gives cyclists a unique angle on California's Bay Area.

The Best Deals in Las Vegas

If gambling isn't your forte, you can still win in Las Vegas with these affordable escapes, such as the Fountains of Bellagio.

Beautiful Beginner Hikes in Northern California

NorCal's stunning coastline, breathtaking forests and streams, and rich history offer extraordinary backdrops for an easy hike.

Forest Bathing: Experience Nature, Expand Your Mind

Unlike hiking, forest bathing—or shinrin-yoku, as it's called in Japan—is more about mindfulness than physical activity. 

5 Fun Ways to Experience San Francisco History

San Francisco is full of fun ways to get a taste of life as far back as the gold rush.

The Best Stargazing Spots in the West

Eight brilliant spots where the night sky is the best show around.

Looking for the Summer of Love in San Francisco

It's been 50 years since the Summer of Love, and this author takes another look at San Francisco.

Are You Ready for the Brisbee 1,000 Stair Climb?

Outdoor stair climb race meets craft brew festival in historic downtown Bisbee, Arizona, every third weekend in October.