Editors' Favorite Views

The VIA staff shares the vistas and views they love.

Rainbow over the Grand Canyon

A rainbow touches down in the Grand Canyon.

The Big Sur coast and inland coast ranges from atop Cone Peak, an easy hike off a spur of the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, Gorda to King City, Calif. —Dan Warrick, senior editor

Any number of scenes of California’s Central Valley. There you can look across old wooden fences to see cows grazing in the distance, each silhouetted against the setting sun, or see the orchards, row after perfectly organized row, quiet and serene. There is a feeling of solitude and vastness about the place, magnified by its overlooked status among traditional travel destinations or the many aesthetic beauties of the Golden State. I might be alone on this one, but maybe that’s what makes the appreciation so sweet. —Brett Shanley, intern

The views from Route 50, which circles Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border. —Kim Velsey, events editor

Standing atop a sand cave in a forested area off Skyline Boulevard south of San Francisco with a 360-degree view of mountains and trees. It was a little scary climbing up and getting back down, but it was a great moment, standing up there with this valley of trees surrounding me. —Megan Ma, intern

Sunset from the lawn of the Maui Mana Kai, Hawaii: every warm color in the sky above an increasingly dark and cold-hued Pacific. —John Poppy, executive editor

The view of San Francisco from Bernal Hill is pretty sweet. So is the view of the city from the old army fortifications just above the Golden Gate Bridge. —Eric Smillie, contributing editor

A rainbow over the Grand Canyon. —Miriam Wild-Smith, intern

No matter how many photos of it you’ve seen, the Grand Canyon is pretty spectacular for the first time. But seeing the Golden Gate still makes my heart flutter. —Alan Avery, design director

When the fog and clouds aren’t covering Monterey (a rare instance), you can see the town from the opposite side of the inlet, in Santa Cruz, Calif. I used to enjoy picking out the buildings and restaurants of Monterey based on their light patterns at night. —Matthew Craggs, events editor

Hanalei Bay from the Princeville Resort in Kauai. —Anne McSilver, managing editor

There is a great short urban hike you can take in Los Angeles that takes you into Santa Ynez Canyon Park. After parking your car on a cul de sac off Sunset Boulevard, you hike in a quarter, maybe half, a mile and then spread your blanket and uncork your wine. At the same time, you can watch the sun set on the Pacific and the lights come on in the L.A. basin. And you’re all alone. —Bruce Anderson, editor

Photography by Jenny E. Ross/Corbis

This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information

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