sailboat on Flathead Lake, image
woman on a tram overlooking Wallowa Lake in Oregon, image
Beach at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, Nev., image
Lake Powell, Utah, image
Lake Chelan, Wash., image
a dock stretching into Payette Lake, in Idaho, image

Dive into summer at the West’s splashiest destinations, where fresh water delivers cool pleasures for all ages.

Readers' Favorite

family and dog hikes outdoors in Sun Valley, image
Big Wood River in Sun Valley, image

Fun in the Sun Valley is guaranteed during the summer season.

Editors' Pick

blown glass at Chaos Glassworks in Sutter Creek, image
dish of baby neck clams at Susan's Place in Sutter Creek, image
drinks on the balcony at Hotel Sutter overlooking the street, image
exterior of Helwig Winery in Sierra foothills, image
interior of Water Street Antiques in Sutter Creek, Calif, image
main street of Sutter Creek, Calif., lined with historic buildings, image
mortar holes at Indian Grinding Rock State Park, image
pastry and coffee at Andrae's Bakery, image

Historic buildings, antique stores, and fine vintages make this Sierra foothill town a gem to visit any time of year.

Urban Excursions

From an eerie ghost town to a garden abloom in begonias, Skagway has lots to love.

Explore South Pass City, a gold-mining time capsule in central Wyoming.

Craft beer and ukuleles converge in the small town of Oakridge, Ore.

Every year, Elko, Nev., celebrates the state's Basque heritage, with a National Basque...

A historic port town on the Northern California coast, Eureka, in Humboldt County, offers...

Outdoor Getaways

The third largest island in the San Juan chain, Lopez is known for its leisurely pace....

Six million acres of stunning wilderness await in Alaska's Denali National Park.

Samantha Murray watches over 124 marine protected areas along the California Coast.

South Yuba River State Park near Nevada City, Calif., has trails with river views and...

The great outdoors meet country charm in this small town located north of Lake Tahoe.


Global Locales

Enjoy the slow life in the villages of the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.

Paris unfurls at your feet along its famed boulevard.

Passion and invention dance cheek to cheek in the Paris of South America: Buenos Aires,...

Stunning mountains, waterfalls, and centuries-old vineyards: Visit the gems of South...

Tuscany's famed bridge, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, is full of living history....

Special Interest

AAA shares seven important facts about what your policy covers.

AAA inspector reviews hotel room for Diamond rating, image

Inspector 580 keeps her identity a secret but reveals how she rates hotels and restaurants for AAA Diamonds.