Patrons at a restaurant along Soquel Creek, Capitola, Calif., image
People sitting along the promenade in Capitola, Calif., image

A charming coastal town near Santa Cruz, California, offers shopping, sunshine, and dining with a view.

Readers' Favorite

Roasted sturgeon with yellow beet puree and spaetzle at Amuse, image
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diners and a server talk at Liquid Assets, image
the outdoor Elizabethan Stage, image
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From its theater festival to its gorgeous park, it's hard to upstage Ashland.

Editors' Pick

Wolf howls at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Mont., image

The gateway to Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana has hiking, biking, wildlife, and delicious eats.

Urban Excursions

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

Florence makes a perfect base for whale-watching and other Oregon Coast adventures.

History lives on in Boulder City, Nev., the mini metropolis built to support Hoover Dam, an...

Sandpoint artfully blends indoor appeal and outdoor fun in Idaho’s panhandle.

In the mountain town of Lander, Wyo., ten-gallon hats aren’t costumes.

Outdoor Getaways

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

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

Four mountain towns deliver the best of winter.

Tahoe City culture thrives with festivals, live performances, cinema, and down-to-earth...

The Point Reyes area provides a perfect getaway with its tranquil beaches, local foods and...

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.

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