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

tree-lined McLoughlin Promenade in Oregon City, image
chicken strips and fries, a burger and a milkshake from Mike’s Drive-In, image

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

Editors' Pick

view from the Hoover Dam’s observation deck, image
exterior of Back in Thyme antique shop in Boulder City, image
Desert Princess cruises on Lake Mead, image
customers and a server at Coffee Cup Cafe, image
No. 25 train in Boulder City Utah, image

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

Urban Excursions

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

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

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.

The hills are alive with Swiss heritage and active adventures in Midway, Utah.

Outdoor Getaways

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.

Four mountain towns deliver the best of winter.

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

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.