Standing near the Surfing Museum at Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz, Calif., you get an unobstructed view of the beach and coastline.
Readers' Favorite Travel Spots
A bounty of tips by Via's savvy readers gives you the inside scoop on the best of the West.
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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