the coastline of the Pacific south of Big Sur, image
otter floating on its back in Monterey Bay, image
Multnomah Falls in Columbia River Gorge, image
Muir Woods, Marin County, Calif., image
Yosemite Valley, Calif., image
fishing boats at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, Calif., image

Readers' picked our region's most awe-inspiring body of water, life-form, man-made structure, and swath of land.

Readers' Favorite

View of the Burlington Hotel in Port Costa, image

Historic Port Costa, with its enchanting main street, sits 40 minutes northeast of San Francisco but feels decades away in time.

Editors' Pick

Zack Frank at California’s Alabama Hills Natural Arch, image

An outdoor enthusiast shoots gorgeous landscapes in hopes of bringing national park designations to 60 spots in the West.

Urban Excursions

A small town in the Sierra foothills features Gold Rush era artifacts, artisan chocolates,...

A northern Idaho mining town is rich in great eats and outdoor adventures.

With a bustling port, miles of beaches, and maritime flavor, this coastal town remains a...

Oregon City packs lots of history, shopping, and eats within its city limits.

From its theater festival to its gorgeous park, it's hard to upstage Ashland.

Outdoor Getaways

These historic haunts offer a dust-kissed look back on a bygone era.

Visit the Tillamook Forest Center and learn how a burned out area came back to life.

New Zealand's South Island pairs lavish scenery with world-class wine.

The gateway to Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana has hiking, biking,...

Birder Noah Strycker shares his top spot for bird-watching in western Oregon.

Global Locales

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

A castle fit for a fairytale awaits in Germany along the Rhine River.

A reconstructed Buddhist temple in Japan is covered in gold leaf.

Escape to the Mexican Riviera, take a train through the Canadian Rockies, or cruise Europe'...

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

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.