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Beautiful Big Cities

Culinary delights, stunning art, and nature abound in our roundup of seven metropolitan areas from San Francisco to Anchorage.

"Postcard Row," a group of Victorian homes in Francisco's Alamo Square, glow at sunset.
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"Postcard Row," a group of Victorian homes in Francisco's Alamo Square, glow at sunset.

With a wealth of options in a major metropolis, choosing where to eat and sightsee can be tough. That’s why we traveled through seven cities in the West in search of the tastiest dishes, must-see museums, and off-the-beaten-track attractions. What we found may surprise you and help plan your next big trip.

Vancouver, B.C.: Culinary delights, Granville Island, and nearby ski slopes

Portland: Hidden gems in the City of Roses

San Francisco: From China Basin to Yerba Buena, six wildly different districts

Salt Lake City: A fresh new look in the Utah capital

Boise: Tasty taters and outdoor adventures

Seattle: Grunge to green on the Puget Sound

Anchorage: A city where art and nature converge

Photography courtesy of Christine Krieg/San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

This article was originally published in February 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.