Readers' Favorite Travel Spots

A bounty of tips by Via's savvy readers gives you the inside scoop on the best of the West.

sunset at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz California, image

Standing near the Surfing Museum at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz, Calif., you get an unobstructed view of the beach and coastline.

We asked our well-traveled readers where to go and they told us. Read on for the best places to view sunsets, shop for unique gifts, grab a tasty meal off the highway, watch wildlife, and appreciate historic main streets.

Colorful Sunsets: Places to catch the sun's dramatic exit at day's end

Window Shopping: Goods galore in California, Oregon, and Utah

Roadside Restaurants: 15 must-try restaurants right off the highway

Animal Parks and Zoos: Cheetahs and lions and zebras! Oh, my!

Main Streets: Old-timey towns with saloons and shops

Photography by Frank Balthus

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