- Take in sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge from your hotel room at Cavallo Point. The elegant lodge on San Francisco Bay near Sausalito opens June 1 in historic Fort Baker’s restored colonial revival buildings. From $250. (415) 339-4700, www.cavallopoint.com.
- After a two-year renovation, the Huntington Art Gallery reopens May 28 in San Marino, Calif., with a new installation of its European art collection. (626) 405-2100, www.huntington.org.
- Wolfgang Puck’s latest restaurant overlooks the gardens and desert wetlands of Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Springs Café menu highlights: spicy pulled pork and roasted heirloom tomatoes. www.springspreserve.org.
- The new Simpsons ride opening in May at Universal Studios Hollywood duplicates the home-viewing experience—except at high speed with lots of screaming. AA members save on admission. www.universalstudioshollywood.com.
- Drive by ancient rock outcrops and a stream full of trout in Wind River Canyon, Wyoming’s newest scenic byway. The 34-mile route follows Highway 20 from Shoshoni to Thermopolis, home of the renowned mineral springs. (307) 864-3192, www.wind-river.org.
- In May, Frontier Airlines begins low-cost service to Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Missoula, Fargo, Aspen, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Durango. Fares start at $49 one way. www.frontierairlines.com.
- ▪ The Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., opens on May 10 with an exhibit celebrating the famous Haida goldsmith and sculptor. See gold and abalone jewelry and the 28-foot-long bronze frieze Mythic Messengers. (604) 682-3455, www.billreidgallery.ca.
- Visitors to this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., can stretch their legs on hikes led by the local Obsidian Outdoors Club from June 23 to July 11. You can choose from mountain, coastal, and urban routes. www.obsidians.org.
- The new Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash., caters to families. Kids can slip and slide at the resort’s indoor water park and bed down in log cabins built inside guest rooms. For Mom and Dad, there’s a day spa and an outdoor hot tub. From $170. (800) 640-9653. www.greatwolf.com.
This article was first published in May 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.