Vanilla ice cream with olive oil at Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, Paso, Calif., image
aerial view of Hearst Castle, image
Tamara Thornton painting at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, Calif., image
Moonstone Beach at sunset, Cambria, Calif., image

Enjoy gorgeous scenery, delicious tastes, and colorful history on a road trip from Paso Robles to Hearst Castle.

Readers' Favorite

Paraiso Carmel tasting room bar, image
Margherita pizza at Gusto in Seaside, image
Goods on tables at Lilify boutique in Monterey, image
Garland Ranch Ridge Regional Park, image
Diners at Happy Girl Kitchen cafe in Pacific Grove, image
Couple relaxes in Adirondack chairs at Refuge Carmel Valley, image

New and little-known restaurants, shops, and parks await on the Central Coast.

Editors' Pick

Daphne, director of pet relations at Hotel Monaco in Portland, image

Readers share their top pet-friendly spots in Oregon.

Urban Excursions

Historic Port Costa, with its enchanting main street, sits 40 minutes northeast of San...

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.

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.

Cordova is so off the beaten path that it's accessible only by sea or air.

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

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

Global Locales

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of Thailand’s most photographed scenes—and deservedly...

The Greek isle of Santorini is picture perfect.

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.

Special Interest

cottage surrounded by trees, image

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.