Places to Visit in Oregon &amp; Idaho https://www.viamagazine.com/places-to-visit-in-oregon-idaho en Portland's Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/sellwood-neighborhood-portland-oregon <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Portland&#039;s Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Once an independent town, the riverside neighborhood retains its quirky free spirit.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/109" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Bowerman</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/07/2019 - 07:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-contributor-unlinked field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Contributor (unlinked)</div> <div property="schema:author" class="field__item">Mary Frances Hinds</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-03-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">March 2019</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/sellwood-neighborhood-portland-oregon" st_title="Portland&#039;s Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/sellwood-neighborhood-portland-oregon" st_title="Portland&#039;s Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/sellwood-neighborhood-portland-oregon" st_title="Portland&#039;s Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/sellwood-neighborhood-portland-oregon" st_title="Portland&#039;s Quirky Sellwood Neighborhood" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/tea-drinkers-red-caboose-tea-chai-te-quirky-sellwood-neighborhood-portland-oregon-via-magazine_0.jpg?itok=mhNis5wp" width="780" height="520" alt="three women seated outdoors at picnic table share a pot of tea beside the red caboose that houses Tea Chai Té in Portland, Oregon, picture" title="Tea Chai Té occupies a historic Seattle Pacific Railroad caboose." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Nashco</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Tea Chai Té occupies a historic Seattle Pacific Railroad caboose.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Though the town of Sellwood officially became part of Portland in 1893, Sellwood and its neighboring district, Westmoreland, still have a charm all their own.&nbsp;The area, known as Sellwood-Moreland, is home to a teahouse in a caboose, a puppet museum, and other quaint delights. Here are five of our favorite neighborhood spots:</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;</strong>Green-winged teal, great blue herons, and all sorts of other birds flock to <strong>Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge</strong>, a beloved Sellwood&nbsp;park. Wander the wooded trails, and you might see purple loosestrife blooming in the wetlands and hawks nesting in the trees. Hike an easy 2.7-mile loop by taking Bluff Trail around the pond, then returning along the Willamette River on Springwater Corridor Trail.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong>&nbsp;Treasure hunters looking to get lost in Southeast Portland's vintage scene might want to start their quest at <strong><a href="http://starsantique.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Stars Antique Malls, Portland, Oregon">Stars Antiques Malls</a></strong>. Founded by four friends, the two Westmoreland shops house a maze of more than 200 sellers who deal in wire birdcages, old croquet sets, vintage movie posters, and all sorts of "extraordinary junk."</p> <p><strong>3.</strong>&nbsp;Think the Sellwood branch of <strong><a href="https://www.teachaite.com/pages/sellwood-caboose" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tea Chai Té, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon">Tea Chai Té</a></strong> looks straight out of Portlandia? You're right: The cozy teahouse, tucked in a Seattle Pacific Railroad car, has often cameoed on the offbeat comedy. Peruse the tea wall, where cubbies hold more than 120 varietals, from the spiced Be Swell blend to the honeysuckle-scented coconut oolong. Then curl up with your cup on a crushed-velvet couch in the tea hall, or sit outside on the patio.</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;</strong>Don't be fooled by the ordinary facade: The <strong><a href="http://www.puppetmuseum.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Portland Puppet Museum, Portland, Oregon">Portland Puppet Museum</a></strong> is anything but commonplace. Inside sit 300 puppets and marionettes, many of them crafted by museum co-owner Steven M. Overton. Overton founded the Olde World Puppet Theatre in 1976 and has since made puppets for parades, theme parks, and even the live production of Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Famous TV puppets live here, too: Look for Lamb Chop, a gift from ventriloquist Shari Lewis.</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;</strong>The <strong><a href="http://www.morelandtheater.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Moreland Theater, Portland, Oregon">Moreland Theater</a></strong> opened in 1926 to show silent films and—except for upgrades to accommodate "talkies"— the Westmoreland movie house&nbsp;remains unchanged. Patrons still enjoy the original handpainted ceilings, arabesque arch entryways, and red-cushioned seats. And with a $6 matinee, the price is a throwback, too.</p> <p><strong>Up Next: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon" title="What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland">What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland</a></strong></p> <p><strong>If you're planning on traveling to Portland, talk to AAA Vacation Experts for free at <a href="http://www.aaa.com/travel" title="AAA Travel">AAA.com/Travel</a>. ​​</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Spring 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:45:50 +0000 Eric Bowerman 38756 at https://www.viamagazine.com Spring in the Dalles, Oregon https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/dalles-oregon-spring <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Spring in the Dalles, Oregon</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>At the eastern end of the Columbia Gorge, each spring you'll find some of the best Oregon has to offer.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/109" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Bowerman</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/06/2019 - 20:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/chaney-kwak" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Chaney Kwak</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-03-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">March 2019</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/dalles-oregon-spring" st_title="Spring in the Dalles, Oregon" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/dalles-oregon-spring" st_title="Spring in the Dalles, Oregon" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/dalles-oregon-spring" st_title="Spring in the Dalles, Oregon" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/dalles-oregon-spring" st_title="Spring in the Dalles, Oregon" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/columbia-river-gorge-lupines-balsamroot-dalles-oregon-spring-via-magazine_0.jpg?itok=SAbKRHXH" width="780" height="532" alt="lupines and balsamroot bloom above the Columbia River gorge at sunset, near The Dalles, Oregon, picture" title="Lupines and balsamroot bloom above the gorge. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Greg Vaughn / VWPics / Alamy</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Lupines and balsamroot bloom above the gorge.<br /> </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Outdoors</h3> <p>The Rowena Loops section between The Dalles and Mosier is the highlight of the 74-mile <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/columbia-river-highway-oregons-scenic-gorge-drive" title="Columbia River Highway"><strong>Historic Columbia River Highway</strong></a>. Savor views of cliffs coming alive with flowers as you make the ascent to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint for a bird's-eye perspective on the gorge below.</p> <p>At the juncture where the evergreen ecosystems of the Cascades meet the dry prairies of eastern Oregon, <strong>Tom McCall Preserve</strong> is home to some of the most spectacular spring wildflower blooms in the state. The plateau, molded by volcanic eruptions and other geological forces, is best explored on volunteer-led hikes.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/pygmy-owl-sybley-discovery-center-dalles-oregon-spring-via-magazine.jpg?itok=aC1Fj4Ln" width="423" height="565" alt="Sibley, a northern pygmy owl, perches on gloved hand at the Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon, picture" title="Sibley, a northern pygmy owl, at the Discovery Center. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Courtesy Eloise Russell / Columbia Gorge Discovery Center &amp; Museum </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Sibley, a northern pygmy owl, at the Discovery Center.<br /> </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Sights and Events</h3> <p>The Columbia Gorge area has been inhabited for over 11,000 years. For a comprehensive introduction to that history, check out the <a href="https://www.gorgediscovery.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Columbia Gorge Discovery Center &amp; Museum, The Dalles, Oregon"><strong>Columbia Gorge Discovery Center &amp; Museum</strong></a>. The glass-and-timber building, honored by the American Institute of Architects, houses a host of interactive displays. Artifacts from the area's original residents include woven baskets whose designs are unique to the mid-Columbia basin. Save time to walk the nature trail that winds through the 54-acre grounds, where you can spot bald eagles and shining Oregon grape, the state flower, in spring. AAA members save $1 on museum admission.</p> <h3>Shops</h3> <p>Open since 1870, <a href="https://www.klindtsbooks.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Klindt's Booksellers and Stationers, The Dalles, Oregon"><strong>Klindt's Booksellers and Stationers</strong></a> ranks as the state's longest operating bookstore and the second oldest west of the Mississippi. The shop stocks both best sellers and obscure tomes, with a section devoted to local history and horticulture. When you tread the creaky hardwood floor and run your fingers across the original shelves, you join a lineage of bookworms going back nearly a century and a half.</p> <p>Drive southeast of town for 10 minutes, through cherry orchards and past farmhouses, to arrive at <a href="http://sandozfarm.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Sandoz Farm, The Dalles, Oregon"><strong>Sandoz Farm</strong></a>, family owned since 1880. Known for its pork and Angus beef, Sandoz also carries jams and juices made from its own cherries, pears, and grapes. Stop by in the afternoon to meet one of the farmers, who will gladly share details about how your food was grown.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/bacon-wrapped-dates-baldwin-saloon-dalles-oregon-spring-via-magazine.jpg?itok=4Iqww4NB" width="377" height="565" alt="plate of bacon-wrapped dates with sliced cheese and red grapes at Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles, Oregon, picture" title="Bacon wrapped dates at Baldwin Saloon." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Robbie McClaran</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Bacon wrapped dates at Baldwin Saloon.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Eats</h3> <p>With an 18-foot mahogany bar dating back to the early 20th century, the <a href="http://baldwinsaloon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Baldwin Saloon, The Dalles, Oregon"><strong>Baldwin Saloon</strong></a> has stuck to its roots as a frontier eatery, now upgraded with comfy booth seats and paintings by West Coast landscape artist Joseph Englehart. The rotating menu reflects the changing times too; pulled pork tacos pair perfectly with an IPA on tap from local Sedition Brewing Company.</p> <p><a href="https://kainoscoffee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Kainos Coffee, The Dalles, Oregon"><strong>Kainos Coffee</strong></a> is like a slice of Portlandia in the gorge. Marten Boyden and Austin Roberts, who met in elementary school in The Dalles, honed their coffee skills in Austin, Texas, and ran their first Kainos coffee shop in Portland before launching this hometown offshoot in 2018. Enjoy the bright space with a breakfast of smoked-trout toast, then grab a bag of coffee beans freshly roasted on-site.</p> <p><strong>Up Next: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/perfect-weekend-portland-oregon-travel-guide" title="Perfect Weekend Trip to Portland">Perfect Weekend Trip to Portland</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Pick up a Hood River/The Dalles map at your local AAA branch. For lodging and discounts, download the AAA mobile app at <a href="http://www.aaa.com/mobile" title="AAA Mobile">AAA.com/mobile</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Spring 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 04:53:25 +0000 Eric Bowerman 38742 at https://www.viamagazine.com Best State Parks in the Western U.S. https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/best-state-parks-west <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Best State Parks in the Western U.S.</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Which park ranks supreme in your state? Read on for a list of the best state parks in the West.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/109" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Bowerman</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/06/2019 - 07:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/staff" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Via Staff</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-03-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">March 2019</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/best-state-parks-west" st_title="Best State Parks in the Western U.S." class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/best-state-parks-west" st_title="Best State Parks in the Western U.S." class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/best-state-parks-west" st_title="Best State Parks in the Western U.S." class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/best-state-parks-west" st_title="Best State Parks in the Western U.S." class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/cape-disappointment-columbia-river-oregon-best-state-parks-via-magazine_hero_0.jpg?itok=iMBgRYDz" width="780" height="520" alt="waves crash on the rocky shoreline at Cape Disappointment Lighthouse in Washington, picture" title="Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, lit in 1856, was the first in the Pacific Northwest. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Tom Schwabel / Tandem Stock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, lit in 1856, was the first in the Pacific Northwest.<br /> </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>More than 10,000 state parks grace the United States, drawing over 750 million people to their varied splendors yearly. How to pick the best in the West? To be sure, all of the parks that follow are gorgeous, filled with fascinating things to see and do, and often less crowded than nearby <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/national-parks" title="National Parks">national parks</a>. In addition, each possesses an element that's emblematic of its state, something you won't find just anywhere. It's not easy to choose favorites, but these are <em>Via'</em>s. You'll love a visit to any of them.</p> <h3>Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington</h3> <p>At Cape Disappointment State Park, the Columbia River collides with the Pacific Ocean in a roiling waterway that frustrated early explorers looking for the river's entrance and earned the headland its name. Today, the spot stands as an emblem of the Northwest: turbulent ocean meeting towering sea cliffs, and driftwood-strewn beaches fringed by forest. You'll also find two lighthouses—one with restored Victorian-era keeper residences, where visitors can stay overnight—and an interpretive center devoted to Lewis and Clark, who visited in the 19th century. <em>—Christopher Hall</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Stroll the two short trails that lead to parts of <em>Confluence</em>, artist Maya Lin's contemplation of the Columbia River in the form of a multisite art installation.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/south-falls-silver-falls-state-park-oregon-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=oEqKffRt" width="780" height="565" alt="South Falls at Silver Falls State Park near Salem, Oregon, picture" title="Silver Falls State Park&#039;s trails go up close to—and even behind—cascades such as South Falls." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Colleen Miniuk-Sperry</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Silver Falls State Park&#039;s trails go up close to—and even behind—cascades such as South Falls.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Silver Falls State Park, Oregon</h3> <p>The largest state park in Oregon amounts to a natural microcosm of what's great about this corner of the continent, with a moody rain forest, stunning waterfalls, and hiking trails that take you deep into the 9,200-acre preserve. At Silver Falls State Park, near Salem, calypso orchids hide among the firs and maples, while cataracts up to 177 feet high punctuate a misty canyon. The 8.5-mile Trail of Ten Falls draws hundreds of thousands of hikers each year to its spectacular cascades, not just for the sights, but also for the powerful sounds.&nbsp;<em>—Tim Neville</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> AAA members save $5 on Oregon State Parks Foundation individual memberships and $10 on family memberships. Both include 12-month day-use parking passes. Go to <a href="https://www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org/aaa" target="_blank" title="Oregon State Parks Foundation">oregonstateparksfoundation.org/aaa</a>.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/trumpeter-swans-harriman-state-park-idaho-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=JvY0qvkd" width="780" height="565" alt="trio of Trumpeter swans take flight over snowy landscape with Tetons behind at Harriman State Park, Idaho, picture" title="Trumpeter swans take flight in view of the Tetons at Harriman State Park." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Howie Garber / Idaho Stock Images</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Trumpeter swans take flight in view of the Tetons at Harriman State Park.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Harriman State Park, Idaho</h3> <p>The Gem State boasts some otherworldly parks—such as sand-swept Bruneau Dunes and craggy City of Rocks National Reserve—but Harriman State Park is Idaho's hidden jewel. Located on a wildlife refuge within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Harriman provides a quiet sanctuary year-round, and its 20-plus miles of hiking, biking, and skiing trails afford views of the towering <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/grand-teton-national-park" title="Insider's Guide to Grand Teton National Park">Teton Range</a>. Whether you're looking to hook a giant rainbow trout on Henry's Fork or spot a trumpeter swan on Silver Lake, Harriman offers a pristine oasis off the main tourist track—like Idaho itself. <em>—Tara Morgan</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Take a guided horseback tour of the park in September, when you can hear the bull elks bugle during rutting season.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/oak-creek-slide-rock-state-park-sedona-arizona-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=cvYNGGvR" width="780" height="565" alt="red rocks and juniper line the banks of Oak Creek at Slide Rock State Park near Sedona, Arizona, picture" title="Slide Rock&#039;s Oak Creek is a popular summer hang." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">randi_ang / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Slide Rock&#039;s Oak Creek is a popular summer hang.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Slide Rock State Park, Arizona</h3> <p>Less than 10 miles north of Sedona's surreal landscape, in an intimate red rock canyon tufted with juniper trees, you'll find nature's answer to a water park. At Slide Rock State Park, Oak Creek narrows to an 80-foot-long chute of smooth sandstone, where squealing children and adults ride down a series of mini cascades into cool pools. Slabs of russet sandstone on either side make ideal sunbathing spots—or diving boards.</p> <p>But Slide Rock is more than its thrill ride. You can also stroll scenic trails suffused with junipers' herbaceous scent, or peer into Arizona's pioneer history at the Pendley family homestead and orchard. There you can see the 1927 home, peruse antique farming equipment, and, between August and October, pick or purchase Red Delicious apples. During the fall festival, you can also sip fresh-pressed cider, watch a blacksmithing demo, or build a scarecrow. <em>—Keridwen Cornelius</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> As the name implies, Slide Rock is slippery, so wear water shoes. Spring to fall, water temperatures range from about 50 to 68 degrees.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/hiker-turnagain-arm-chugach-state-park-alaska-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=c2Jl3jIE" width="780" height="542" alt="hiker in shorts uses trekking poles on Bird Ridge Trail above Turnagain Arm and snow-capped Chugach Mountains behind in Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska, picture" title="A hiker on Bird Ridge Trail above Turnagain Arm in Chugach." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Hagephoto / Aurora Photos</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">A hiker on Bird Ridge Trail above Turnagain Arm in Chugach.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Chugach State Park, Alaska</h3> <p>Anchorage's "neighborhood" park boasts some truly wild Alaskan scenes, among them rocky coastlines, moose browsing through groves of birch and cottonwood, and soaring, snow-covered mountains. Occupying nearly 500,000 acres yet located almost entirely within city limits, Chugach State Park feels like a world apart from the urban core. From downtown, it's a short drive to the glacial blue Eklutna Lake, the park's largest body of water, or the Eagle River Nature Center along the old Iditarod Trail, just one of its many paths for hikers, wildlife watchers, and other escapees from city life. <em>—Chris Woolston</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> In late August, bring a bucket to enjoy the bounty of wild blueberries on Chugach's mountain slopes. Bears also like blueberries, so if you happen to see one, be prepared to give it a wide berth.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/rocks-formations-city-of-rocks-state-park-new-mexico-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=8GcRgSC9" width="780" height="565" alt="rock formations of volcanic ash eroded by water and wind up close in dramatic magenta and blue light at The City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico, picture" title="The City of Rocks formations consist of volcanic ash eroded by water and wind." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Colleen Miniuk-Sperry</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">The City of Rocks formations consist of volcanic ash eroded by water and wind.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico</h3> <p>From a distance, City of Rocks State Park looks less like a city than a troll village fashioned from 35-million-year-old rock. Blobs of volcanic tuff about four stories high—the likes of which exist in only a handful of places around the world—cluster amid cow's tongue cactus and yucca plants. About seven miles of trails traverse the formations, and an astronomical observatory hosts nighttime events under some of the darkest, clearest skies in the country. All of it takes up just four square miles of the Chihuahuan Desert roughly 90 miles west of Las Cruces. It's a unique detour well worth taking.&nbsp;<em>—T.N.</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Find gratifying diversion any time of year in the park's botanical garden, filled with New Mexican plants such as red-tipped ocotillo and fuzzy cholla cactus.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/china-cove-point-lobos-state-park-carmel-california-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=Qk7taZdK" width="780" height="520" alt="pair of Monterey pines tower above China Cove at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Carmel, California" title="A pair of Monterey pines tower above China Cove at Point Lobos." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Susanne Pommer / Alamy</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">A pair of Monterey pines tower above China Cove at Point Lobos.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California</h3> <p>You could happily spend a lifetime delving into California's natural beauty and human history. Or you could visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for an exhilarating crash course.</p> <p>Just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, this promontory of rocky fingers, hidden coves, and coastal woods alongside a powerful sea perfectly distills the state's essence in ways that other parks can't. From just offshore, you'll hear the barking of California sea lions—in Spanish called <em>lobos marinos</em>, or "sea wolves." Along 10 miles of easy trails, you'll find California golden poppies (the state flower), coveys of California quail (the state bird), and shell fragments left by the continent's first inhabitants. In early winter and spring, you might see migrating gray whales. In a wooden cabin built by Chinese fishermen in the 1850s, exhibits illuminate how people have used the land: a quarry for stone used in the old San Francisco Mint, an abalone cannery, a coal-shipping harbor, and, quintessentially Californian, a failed real estate scheme.</p> <p>The park's soul has always been its grove of Monterey cypress trees, one of only two native stands left in the world. (The other is at Cypress Point, just across Carmel Bay.) Easily accessed by the 0.8-mile Cypress Grove Trail, the trees have been torqued into spectral shapes by the wind and salt spray, their roots clinging to rocks. They stand proud in a place of beauty and challenge, like those who call California home. <em>—C.H.</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Check the <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Point Lobos State Natural Reserve">park website</a> before you go, because Point Lobos may soon institute a reservations system for day visitors.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/atlas-columns-paradise-room-cave-lewis-and-clark-caverns-montana-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=U0naoMUH" width="780" height="520" alt="the Atlas Column appears to support the cave roof of the Paradise Room of Montana&#039;s Lewis &amp; Clark Caverns, picture " title="In the Paradise Room of the caverns, the Atlas Column appears to support the cave roof." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Courtesy Tom Forwood Jr. / Lewis &amp; Clark Caverns State Park</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">In the Paradise Room of the caverns, the Atlas Column appears to support the cave roof.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Lewis &amp; Clark Caverns State Park, Montana</h3> <p>Montana keeps some of its most memorable scenery underground. At Lewis &amp; Clark Caverns State Park, twisting passageways lead to cathedral-like chambers adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and limestone formations impersonating frozen waterfalls. The two-hour guided tour of Montana's first state park, 45 miles west of Bozeman, has been a local rite of passage for generations. Tours include over 600 stairs, strategically placed handrails, and plenty of lighting—and generally take place only May through September. But the caves are never empty: Six bat species, such as a large colony of rare Townsend's big-eared bats, live there year-round.</p> <p>Aboveground, you can fish or float the Jefferson River or take inventory of birds and wildflowers along 10 miles of hiking trails. The cave visitor center presents the region's mesmerizing geology and rich history, such as the tale of the park's two namesake explorers who once camped nearby, never suspecting the amazing world beneath the surface. <em>—C.W.</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> On most Sundays and Tuesdays in summer, you can sign up for a Wild Cave Tour, an authentic spelunking experience with only headlamps for illumination.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/horseback-riders-fielding-garr-ranch-antelope-island-state-park-salt-lake-utah-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=t9eStpix" width="780" height="520" alt="four riders on horseback tour follow a trail as sun peeke over mountains near Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake, Utah, picture" title="A horseback tour follows a trail near Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Courtesy Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">A horseback tour follows a trail near Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Antelope Island State Park, Utah&nbsp;</h3> <p>The state of Utah is spoiled for stunning parks, but it would be difficult to find one as classically Western as Antelope Island. The 15-mile-long, five-mile-wide landmass within the Great Salt Lake, accessed from a two-lane causeway attached to its northern tip, not only offers ample adventures backdropped by views of the snowcapped Wasatch Range and Sierra Nevada, but is also a literal home on the range—"where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play."</p> <p>The island is justifiably famous for its wildlife, and there are many ways to encounter it. A roving herd of 550 to 700 bison (the correct name for American buffalo) moseys along the beaches, joined by millions of shorebirds. Mule deer and pronghorn inhabit the grasslands; bald eagles and bighorn sheep perch on hillsides. You can check out all of this while hiking more than 40 miles of trails, riding a rented horse, or cruising the prairies on an electric bike. The park even boasts fascinating history, viewable on a ranger-led tour of Fielding Garr Ranch, Utah's oldest continuously inhabited pioneer-built home. <em>—K.C.</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Every fall, hundreds of wranglers participate in a one-day bison roundup to check the herd's health. Visitors can rent or bring a horse and ride along, or watch from a distance.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/piano-arch-valley-of-fire-state-park-nevada-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=0XyZhjqU" width="780" height="521" alt="Piano Arch glows with red-magenta hue from low angle of light at Valley of Fire State Park northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, picture" title="The vibrant Piano Arch at Valley of Fire. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Austin Cronnelly / Tandem Stock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">The vibrant Piano Arch at Valley of Fire.<br /> <br /> </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada</h3> <p>The desert sun seems to light Valley of Fire State Park from within. About an hour northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada's most accessible and photo-ready expanse of naturally sculpted sandstone presents an exquisite counterpoint to the Strip's neon glare. The state's first park opened in 1934, but people have traversed this world of cliffs, boulders, slot canyons, and arches for much longer. Walk the three-quarter-mile round-trip path to Mouse's Tank, a natural basin named for an American Indian renegade who hid there in the late 1890s, and you'll see an array of 1,000-year-old petroglyphs, etchings of hunters, animals, and spiritual figures. Modern-day visitors drive the six-mile White Domes Road for close-up looks at gardens of red rock. Valley of Fire Road, a Nevada Scenic Byway, provides easy access to the wild and rugged southern end of the park. Wherever you go, the rocks change hue and mood with the shifting angles of the sun and the passing of seasons. <em>—C.W.</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> The most recognizable sights in the park are Fire Wave, an undulating, striped formation, and Elephant Rock, an arch that seems to sport a long trunk. Both are best viewed at sunrise and sunset, the edges of park hours.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/waimea-canyon-from-kukui-trail-waimea-canyon-state-park-hawaii-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=JE83skXD" width="780" height="520" alt="Waimea Canyon bathed in red and green with rain clouds passing over viewed from the top of Kukui Trail, Waimea Canyon State Park on Kauai, Hawaii" title="Waimea Canyon viewed from the top of Kukui Trail." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Matt Andrew / Aurora Photos</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Waimea Canyon viewed from the top of Kukui Trail.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Waimea Canyon State Park, Hawaii</h3> <p>At 14 miles long, up to a mile wide, and more than 3,500 feet deep, the gorge at the heart of Kauai's Waimea Canyon State Park wows by its size alone. But there's more to this geologic marvel than impressive numbers. Two linked trails lead to rust-red cliffs, rushing waterfalls casting prismatic rainbows, and crags vivid with green vegetation. At the canyon bottom flows the river—<em>waimea</em> is Hawaiian for "reddish water"—that continues to carve this magnificent cleft in the earth. <em>—C.H</em>.</p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Waimea Canyon Lookout provides the most panoramic view of the park, with Pu‘u Hinahina running a close second. At both, arrive early to score a parking spot and avoid crowds.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/natural-springs-travertine-terrace-hot-springs-state-park-thermopolis-wyoming-best-state-parks-via-magazine.jpg?itok=GmiBVi2d" width="780" height="520" alt="steam rises from snow-lined travertine terrace at natural springs at Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming, picture" title="Steam rises at Hot Springs State Park in winter." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Matt Andrew / Aurora Photos </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Steam rises at Hot Springs State Park in winter.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Hot Springs State Park, Wyoming</h3> <p>Much of Wyoming feels elementally Western, but Hot Springs State Park, near Thermopolis, thoroughly embodies the frontier. You can see bison on the sagebrush prairie, walk past travertine terraces along the Bighorn River, and—most important—relax in 104-degree natural spring water at the bathhouse: no added chemicals, no fuss, no charge. Lawmakers have promised that visitors will always and forever be allowed to soak for free, a gesture of true Western hospitality. <em>—C.W.</em></p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/roxborough-state-park-colorado-jagged-red-rock-formations-landscape-cr-Adam-Springer-shutterstock_721903162.jpeg?itok=1GQb1z1R" width="1004" height="565" alt="picture of red-rock formations jutting towards the fading sun in Colorado&#039;s Roxborough State Park" title="Roxborough is known for its geologic wonders and abundant wildlife. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Adam Springer / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Roxborough is known for its geologic wonders and abundant wildlife. </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Roxborough State Park, Colorado&nbsp;</h3> <p>In a state where the great outdoors never seems far from your doorstep, Roxborough State Park brings a dramatic landscape remarkably close. Just 25 miles from downtown Denver lies a rugged quilt of mountain tributaries, pines, and mixed-grass prairie riven with ruddy sandstone outcrops. (Colorado means "red-colored" in Spanish.) Locals grumble that you can't walk your dog here, but you can spot red foxes and red-tailed hawks. From the Visitor Center, a launching pad for bird walks and other guided outings, trails extend in all directions. A moderate three-mile loop on South Rim Trail delivers commanding views of the Rocky Mountains. The capital city spreads out in the near distance, its bustle at a beautiful remove. —<em>Josh&nbsp;Sens</em></p> <p><strong>Smart Tip:</strong> Roxborough's scenery grows especially striking after winter storms. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed on designated trails, but remember that exposed snow can melt quickly.</p> <p><strong>Up Next: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/wild-quiet-national-parks" title="Must-Visit Wild and Quiet National Parks">Must-Visit Wild and Quiet National Parks</a></strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Spring 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:59:31 +0000 Eric Bowerman 38736 at https://www.viamagazine.com 10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101 https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/places-to-stop-highway-101 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>From south to north, from secret beaches to succulent barbecue, these roadside diversions demand a stop.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/109" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Bowerman</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/garrick-ramirez" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Garrick Ramirez</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-03-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">March 2019</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/places-to-stop-highway-101" st_title="10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/places-to-stop-highway-101" st_title="10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/places-to-stop-highway-101" st_title="10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/places-to-stop-highway-101" st_title="10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/storefronts-solvang-california-hwy-101-best-places-to-stop-via-magazine_0.jpg?itok=Hgbycmuh" width="780" height="565" alt="Danish-style storefronts in downtown Solvang, California, picture" title="Stop in Solvang, California, for delightful Scandi vibes. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Frank Bach / Alamy</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Stop in Solvang, California, for delightful Scandi vibes. </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>California</h3> <p><strong>1.</strong> Find a taste of Denmark 30 miles north of Santa Barbara in the windmill-adorned village of <strong>Solvang</strong>. Colorful storefronts house stylish home design shops and cozy eateries serving aebleskivers with raspberry jam.</p> <p><strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/santa-ynez-valley-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="California's Santa Ynez Valley">California's Santa Ynez Valley</a></p> <p><strong>2.</strong> Time your drive to have lunch at <strong><a href="https://www.ranchonipomobbq.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Rancho Nipomo BBQ, Nipomo, California">Rancho Nipomo BBQ</a></strong>, where you can sample Santa Maria Valley's renowned barbecue, a staple since the region's early ranching days. The signature sandwich features heaps of seasoned tri-tip, traditionally smoked over red oak.</p> <p><strong>3.</strong> You needn't stay in one of its fantastically themed rooms to enjoy the kitschy delights of the <strong>Madonna Inn</strong> in San Luis Obispo. A pit stop reveals vivid pink interiors while you nosh on Rat Pack–era grub at the <a href="https://www.madonnainn.com/goldrush-steakhouse/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Gold Rush Steak House">Gold Rush Steak House</a>.</p> <p><strong>4.</strong> Highway 101 runs close to most of the surviving 18th-century missions, which afford a peek at California's Spanish and Mexican past. <strong>San Juan Bautista State Historic Park</strong> is an especially rich example, with a plaza full of adobe and Victorian structures and a mission that Hitchcock fans might recognize from <em>Vertigo</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/redwoods-founders-grove-humboldt-county-california-hwy-101-best-places-to-stop-via-magazine.jpg?itok=O7MDXDHS" width="780" height="565" alt="towering redwoods at Founders Grove in the Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County, California, picture" title="Take a short hike at Founders Grove along Humboldt County&#039;s Avenue of the Giants." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Joseph S. Giacalone / Alamy</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Take a short hike at Founders Grove along Humboldt County&#039;s Avenue of the Giants.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>5.</strong> In Humboldt County, exit to cruise the <strong><a href="http://humboldtredwoods.org/" target="_blank" title="Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association">Avenue of the Giants</a></strong>, which meanders 33 miles through lush redwood forests. Stretch your legs on the half-mile trail at Founders Grove and look for the Dyerville Giant, which shook the Richter scale when it fell in 1991.</p> <p><strong>6.</strong> In Klamath, brake for a waving, 49-foot-tall Paul Bunyan who stands alongside Babe the Blue Ox, chatting up the crowd at roadside attraction <strong><a href="https://www.treesofmystery.net/" target="_blank" title="Trees of Mystery, Klamath, California">Trees of Mystery</a></strong>. The fabled pair are part of the oversize fun, which also includes a redwood nature walk and a gondola ride.</p> <h3>Oregon</h3> <p><strong>7.</strong> You can glimpse southern Oregon's <strong>Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor</strong> as you speed by, but stepping outside the car quadruples the seaside splendor. Spy arched rock formations at Natural Bridges, or relish the sight of migrating whales from the 1.3-mile Cape Ferrelo trail.</p> <p><strong>8.</strong> The bayfront town of Newport is known for its seafood. <strong><a href="https://www.moschowder.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Mo's Seafood and Chowder">Mo's</a></strong> dishes up one of the state's most famous clam chowders, which has lured diners since 1946 and even garnered honors from the Smithsonian.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/coastal-rock-formations-oregon-hwy-101-best-places-to-stop-via-magazine.jpg?itok=v6OeY_m7" width="780" height="565" alt="rocky coastal splendor along southern Oregon’s Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, picture" title="See rock formations and migrating whales along the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor in Oregon. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Grant Ordelheide / Tandem Stock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">See rock formations and migrating whales along the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor in Oregon. </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Washington</h3> <p><strong>9.</strong> <strong>Ruby Beach</strong> is a showcase for the Olympic Peninsula's wild landscape. Studded with sea stacks, tide pools, and driftwood, the marine preserve gets its name from the ruby-red crystals that subtly color its shores.</p> <p><strong>10.</strong> Set alongside the scenic Hood Canal in Lilliwaup, <strong><a href="https://www.hamahamaoysters.com/pages/oyster-saloon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Hama Hama Oyster Saloon, Lilliwaup, Washington">Hama Hama Oyster Saloon</a></strong> features a rustic, fire pit–warmed patio where you can feast on roasted oysters and steamed clams. At the annual Oyster Rama fest, try oyster ice cream from local fave Olympic Mountain.</p> <p><strong>Up Next: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/highway-101-west-coast-drive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive">Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Let the AAA Vacation Experts help plan your next road trip. Discover Members-only discounts on car rentals, hotels, and more at <a href="http://www.aaa.com/travel" title="AAA Travel">AAA.com/Travel</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Spring 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:09:58 +0000 Eric Bowerman 38731 at https://www.viamagazine.com Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/highway-101-west-coast-drive <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>From Los Angeles to Puget Sound, Highway 101 is the ultimate Pacific Coast drive.&nbsp;</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/109" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Eric Bowerman</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/05/2019 - 15:13</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/bruce-anderson" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Bruce Anderson</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-03-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">March 2019</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/highway-101-west-coast-drive" st_title="Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/highway-101-west-coast-drive" st_title="Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/highway-101-west-coast-drive" st_title="Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/highway-101-west-coast-drive" st_title="Highway 101: The Ultimate West Coast Drive" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/caMA19_HWY101_coastroad_3000x1500_HERO.jpg?itok=K11KrAjr" width="1130" height="565" alt="Mission bell sign beside Highway 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Clara, California, picture" title="Highway 101 wends its way along the coast in southern Oregon." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Saraporn / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Highway 101 wends its way along the coast in southern Oregon.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Imagine you've been asked to design a college course that explores the West's principal automotive routes, the arteries that move the region's commercial, social, and cultural lifeblood. What would you call it?</p> <p>How about "Highway 101"?</p> <p>Because no matter what you call the road that was originally El Camino Real—whether you know it as the Central Freeway, Oregon Coast Highway, Hollywood Freeway, Redwood Highway, or Olympic Highway—you could do a lot worse than make U.S. Route 101 the focus of your class. The 1,540-mile stretch of roadway races along the continent's western edge, tying together Los Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in a trajectory vibrant with romantic history, commercial vitality, scenic dazzle, and urban energy—a truly omnibus road. (In fact, in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can see omnibuses full of tech workers cruising up and down 101 every day.)</p> <p>Sure, the big interstates—like I-5 or I-80—might carry more vehicles. They offer a certain numbing efficiency; a trip on any of them is better captured with a stopwatch than a camera. Highway 101, on the other hand, varies from eight-lane freeway to two-lane highway, from city street to country road. It has tunnels, grades, and bridges both beautiful and useful. (The latter include the four-mile Astoria-Megler Bridge built in 1966 across the Columbia River, the final segment of 101 to be completed.) It passes by the site of the world's first motel—the Milestone Mo-Tel, opened just off 101 in San Luis Obispo in 1925. It runs past Los Angeles City Hall at its southern terminus, the Washington State Capitol in Olympia at its northern end, and in between, San Francisco City Hall with its magnificent dome and the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Marin County Civic Center.</p> <p>My enthusiasm for Highway 101 is not merely academic. When I was growing up in Hollister, California, 101 was 11 miles away, the on-ramp to Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose, and San Francisco. Today I live in San Francisco, about a six-minute drive from 101. My daughter Claire just started college 330 miles away in Santa Barbara; she can travel all but three miles of that distance on 101. Yes, it's the King's Highway, but it's also the Andersons'.</p> <p>Some might object to calling 101 the West's most iconic highway. "What about Route 66?" they might ask (with an echo of Nat King Cole's croon). I'd say the song itself answers that question. Route 66 (which the U.S. Highway System officially decertified in 1985) was always more about the destination than the journey, a means to get somewhere else: "It winds from Chicago to L.A. / More than two thousand miles all the way."</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2019-02/mission-bell-sign-el-camino-real-central-california-highway-101-ultimate-west-coast-drive-via-magazine.jpg?itok=zo8q4AJJ" width="376" height="565" alt="Mission bell sign beside Highway 101 between Los Angeles and Sonoma, California, picture" title="Mission bells line Highway 101 from Los Angeles to Sonoma, California." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Visions of America LLC / Alamy</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Mission bells line Highway 101 from Los Angeles to Sonoma, California.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When you drove on Route 66, you were passing through a desert, literally and metaphorically. When you drive Highway 101, you pass through valleys—the San Fernando, Santa Ynez, Salinas, Santa Clara, and Silicon, among others, each fecund in its own way. The road is never far from epic water, hugging the Pacific Coast for hundreds of miles and crossing the mouths of the San Francisco Bay and the Columbia River. At its far northern reach, it wraps through and around Olympic National Park, along the park's 73 miles of rugged coastal wilderness and through its emerald rain forests. In Oregon, the highway touches an astounding 77 state parks and the spectacular Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. In Northern California, it leads to the Avenue of the Giants—a portion of the old Highway 101 in what is now Humboldt Redwoods State Park—giving travelers a chance to crane their necks ogling some of the tallest trees on the planet.</p> <p>Which is exactly what I did on my first long road trip when I was a kid, a two-week sprint up and down the West Coast with my parents and three siblings. We stopped in Scotia, California, to see how a sawmill reduces big trees to board feet. We lumbered farther up 101 to Oregon to comb the beaches in Newport and Lincoln City, savor ice cream at the <a href="https://www.tillamook.com/creamery/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tillamook Creamery">Tillamook Creamery</a>, and pose for snapshots before the winter quarters of Lewis and Clark outside <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/astoria-oregon-sea-change" title="What to Do in Astoria, Oregon">Astoria</a>. We crossed into Washington, where we explored Olympic National Park before touring both the state capitol and the now-gone Olympia Brewery (once again, epic water).</p> <p>Highway 101 is also a survey course in Western history—or mythmaking. It's commonly believed the highway got its start nearly 250 years ago as El Camino Real, a horse path linking 21 Franciscan missions in Alta California. Today, a series of instantly recognizable roadside bells mark that route. But that story may owe more to the romantic notions of regional boosters than to the conclusions of rigorous historians. And while mission founder Junípero Serra remains controversial (because of the impact those missions had on American Indians), there's no question that he was an urban visionary. He built missions in or near what would become the four largest cities on the West Coast: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco.</p> <p>The final exam for Highway 101? Essay question: Tell us about your favorite stretch of the road.</p> <p>For me, the answer would be the Golden Gate Bridge. The 1.7-mile-long span—with the Pacific and the Farallon Islands to the west; the bay, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline to the east; and art deco towers soaring 500 feet overhead—still raises goose bumps every time I cross it.</p> <p>The bridge in many ways is a microcosm of Highway 101 itself: an engineering marvel that required extraordinary innovation, collaboration, and foresight to complete, and an indispensable link between north and south, connecting urban dynamism with untrammeled nature and untapped opportunity.</p> <p><strong>Up Next:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/places-to-stop-highway-101" title="Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101">10 Best Places to Stop Along Highway 101</a></strong></p> <p><style type="text/css"><!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--> </style><p><strong>Let the AAA Vacation Experts help plan your next road trip. Discover Members-only discounts on car rentals, hotels, and more at <a href="http://www.aaa.com/travel" title="AAA Travel">AAA.com/Travel</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Spring 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 23:13:41 +0000 Eric Bowerman 38726 at https://www.viamagazine.com Where to Go in the West in 2019 https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/where-travel-west-2019 <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Where to Go in the West in 2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Celebrate the Golden Spike in Utah, sports in Vegas, art on the Oregon Coast, and a big birthday at the Grand Canyon.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/171046" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mandy Ferreira</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/christopher-hall" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Christopher Hall</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-01-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">January 2019</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/where-travel-west-2019" st_title="Where to Go in the West in 2019" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/where-travel-west-2019" st_title="Where to Go in the West in 2019" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/where-travel-west-2019" st_title="Where to Go in the West in 2019" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/where-travel-west-2019" st_title="Where to Go in the West in 2019" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-12/where-travel-west-us-grand-canyon-hiking-nankoweap-trail-via-magazine-hero_0.jpg?itok=i-n3cS39" width="848" height="565" alt="People hiking the Nankoweap Trail into the canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, image" title="The historic Nankoweap Trail is one of the most difficult—and scenic—routes into the Grand Canyon." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: RYAN KRUEGER / TANDEM STOCK</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">The historic Nankoweap Trail is one of the most difficult—and scenic—routes into the Grand Canyon.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The good news: Americans are taking more vacations. According to Project Time Off, the average U.S. worker took 17.2 vacation days in 2017—the highest rate in seven years. But there’s a flip side to that. Given the wealth of choices, it’s tougher than ever to decide where to go. To help you plan your next adventure, here are four epic destinations where the spirit of the West will be especially strong in 2019.</p> <h3>Landmark Anniversary: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona</h3> <p>The jaw-dropping views are the big draw for many of the 6 million–plus annual visitors to <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/grand-canyon-day-night" title="Grand Canyon: Day &amp; Night">Grand Canyon National Park</a>. But throughout 2019, as the park celebrates its 100th birthday, the spotlight will shine on the fascinating world surrounding those famous vistas.</p> <p>“We’re planning a year’s worth of public events focused on the astoundingly diverse historical, cultural, and natural resources here,” says Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes, the park’s public outreach coordinator.</p> <p>Wildlife programs let you meet live raptors, rattlesnakes, and other critters. You can take in performances by members of the American Indian tribes that live in and around the canyon. Experience the wonders of the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/outdoors/stargazing-spots-around-west" title="The Best Stargazing in the West">night skies during a summertime star party</a>, or time travel with a reenactor’s portrayal of President Teddy Roosevelt, who declared the Grand Canyon a national monument back in 1908, setting the stage for its elevation to a national park 11 years later.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-12/golden-spike-national-historic-site-promontory-summit-where-to-travel-in-us-in-2019-via-magazine.jpg?itok=NyMlPfxo" width="872" height="565" alt="Locomotive No. 119 chugs through the Golden Spike National Historic Site near Promontory Summit, Utah, image" title="Locomotive No. 119 chugs through the Golden Spike National Historic Site." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: STEPHEN SAKS PHOTOGRAPHY / ALAMY</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Locomotive No. 119 chugs through the Golden Spike National Historic Site.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>A Golden Sesquicentennial: Promontory Summit, Utah</h3> <p>Another big anniversary is being celebrated this year: The transcontinental railroad was completed 150 years ago—on May 10, 1869, to be precise—at Promontory Summit, <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/places-to-visit-in-utah" title="Places to Visit in Utah">Utah</a>, about 90 miles northwest of <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-salt-lake-city-utah" title="City Guide: Urban Fun Meets Outdoor Oasis in Salt Lake City, UT">Salt Lake City</a>.</p> <p>As always, history buffs, rail fans, and vacationing families who visit the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htm" target="_blank" title="Golden Spike National Historic Site">Golden Spike National Historic Site</a> from May through October can thrill to the sight of replica vintage locomotives belching steam. There are also reenactments of the moment when Leland Stanford drove in the ceremonial golden spike that officially joined the eastern and western reaches of the tracks.</p> <p>And from March 23 to June 15, the Brigham City Museum of Art &amp; History (about 30 miles from Promontory Summit) will present <em>The Spike at 150: Myths and Realities</em>, an exhibit encompassing historic photos, old spikes and ties, and everyday artifacts. The goal, says Kaia Landon, the museum’s director, is to explore the reality of the construction as well as the legends surrounding this key event in the development of the West.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-12/where-travel-us-2019-destinations-las-vegas-mgm-park-via-magazine_0.jpg?itok=EOXKULr3" width="848" height="565" alt="Visitors walk through the Park in Las Vegas outside of T-Mobile Arena near the dancing woman metal statue, image" title="By T-Mobile Arena, the Park offers a rare open-air oasis just off the Strip." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: JAMES BUETI</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">By T-Mobile Arena, the Park offers a rare open-air oasis just off the Strip.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>The New Sports Capital: Las Vegas</h3> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/las-vegas-southern-nevada" title="Things to do in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada">Vegas</a> has always been a sporting town, but now it’s getting downright athletic. Exhibit A is T-Mobile Arena, home to the National Hockey League’s Golden Knights, whose Cinderella appearance in the Stanley Cup finals last year unleashed a city-wide frenzy.</p> <p>The success of the new team has given a jolt of energy to the surrounding neighborhood. A plaza between the arena and the Strip, the Park offers five acres of trees, fountains, and sculptures, plus casual eateries and free musical performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.</p> <p>And there are plenty of other sports of the athletic variety around town. In April 2019, baseball’s minor-league Las Vegas 51s start playing at a new home stadium in <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/summerlin-nev-las-vegas-without-hustle" title="Summerlin, Nev.: Las Vegas Without the Hustle">Summerlin</a>. (Named after the mysterious Area 51 nearby, the team features an alien’s head in its logo.) The United Soccer League’s Las Vegas Lights FC play at Cashman Field. Hoops fans can catch the 2019 WNBA All-Star game on July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.</p> <p>If you’re really planning ahead, look for pro football’s Raiders to move from Oakland, CA, to Vegas in 2020. Says Bill Bradley, sports editor for the <em>Las Vegas Review-Journal</em>, “I don’t know of any other city with such a burst of new teams, stadiums, and fan fever.”</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-12/oregon-coast-view-art-depoe-bay-whale-watching-where-travel-us-2019-destinations-via-magazine.jpg?itok=A93Bqa2a" width="847" height="565" alt="A whale breaches at sunset near Depoe Bay, Oregon, image" title="A whale exhales at sunset near Depoe Bay." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: David Collier</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">A whale exhales at sunset near Depoe Bay.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Natural Splendor and Public Art: Oregon Coast</h3> <p>With lovably quirky towns, pristine <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/best-local-seafood-restaurants-oregon-coast" title="The Best Local Seafood Restaurants on the Oregon Coast">seafood</a>, stunning beaches, and edge-of-the-continent views, the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/oregon-coast" title="Things to do on the Oregon Coast">Oregon Coast</a> has plenty of well-known attractions to lure visitors.</p> <p>In 2019, a surprising assortment of public art—much of it hidden in plain sight for years—will join that mix. The Oregon Coast Public Art Trail, a self-guided tour of roughly 160 artworks in 27communities, is slated to launch early in the year, with the release of a website and map.</p> <p>“Most of the works are older sculptures and murals that visitors don’t know about,” says Cannon Beach’s Kevan Ridgway, who assembled the list. “But there are new things, too, like a puffin in Bandon made of marine debris.”</p> <p>Other highlights include a bronze rendering of three sea lions, overlooking the country’s largest sea cave, in <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/florence-ore-whale-time" title="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/florence-ore-whale-time">Florence</a>; and colorful murals—some newly restored—of whales, anglers, and other coastal scenes on the historic waterfront in <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/newport-ore-seaside-weekender" title="Newport, Oregon: Seaside Weekender">Newport</a>.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/ultimate-oregon-coast-road-trip" title="The Ultimate Oregon Coast Road Trip">The Ultimate Oregon Coast Road Trip</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Get more out of your vacation: <a href="https://calstate.aaa.com/travel?VDC_viawheretogodomestic_travelQ418_Ongoing_all" title="AAA Exclusive Deals">Book through AAA Travel</a> for exclusive Member benefits and savings.</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Winter 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:21:59 +0000 Mandy Ferreira 38576 at https://www.viamagazine.com Ashland, OR: Winter Weekend Trip https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/to-ashland-winter <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ashland, OR: Winter Weekend Trip</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>There’s much more to this charming town than theater.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/jessica-spiegel" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Jessica Spiegel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2018-12-10T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">December 2018</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/to-ashland-winter" st_title="Ashland, OR: Winter Weekend Trip" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/to-ashland-winter" st_title="Ashland, OR: Winter Weekend Trip" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/to-ashland-winter" st_title="Ashland, OR: Winter Weekend Trip" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/to-ashland-winter" st_title="Ashland, OR: Winter Weekend Trip" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/mount-ashland-snowshoeing-snow-shoe-ashland-oregon-winter-weekend-trip-via-magazine_0.jpg?itok=PNg13uN0" width="848" height="565" alt="People snowshoe on a trail on Mount Ashland in the snow, image" title="The area surrounding Ashland turns into a winter wonderland each year." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: maciej / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">The area surrounding Ashland turns into a winter wonderland each year.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The small town of Ashland in southern Oregon is <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/ashland-ore-culture-weekend" title="A Cultured Weekend in Ashland, Oregon">famous for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival</a>—and rightly so. But visitors who head to Ashland on a winter weekend will find the festival between seasons. The good news is that there’s much more to this charming town than theater, and plenty to keep you entertained any time of year.</p> <h3>Outdoor Winter Fun in and Around Ashland</h3> <p>Wintertime family fun can be had without leaving town. Every year, Ashland’s lovely Lithia Park becomes the home of the <strong>Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink</strong>. Dates vary, but you can expect the rink to open in mid-November and last through February. Adults skate for $4, kids under 5 are free, and skate rentals are just $2.50.</p> <p>A mere 22 miles from downtown, <strong>Mt. Ashland</strong> offers skiers and snowboarders 23 runs over 220 acres. It’s been a local favorite for winter recreation for decades, providing equipment rentals in case you don’t have your own gear. There are 17 miles of trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers of all skill levels at <strong>Buck Prairie</strong>, 13 miles east of town. Stop at the Ashland Outdoor Store for information about either ski area and to pick up any cold-weather layers you might need.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/crater-lake-sunset-winter-ashland-oregon-weekend-trip-day-trip-via-magazine-shutterstock_584718487.jpg?itok=am6MEBEB" width="847" height="565" alt="The sun turns the sky, snow, and lake yellow as it sets behind Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park near Ashland, Oregon, picture" title="The sun sets behind Crater Lake." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Sky Cinema / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">The sun sets behind Crater Lake.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Table Mountain Snow Park</strong>, 28 miles west of Ashland, has the area’s most popular sledding hill. It’s steep and long, but there’s an upward slope at the end so it’s safe as well as fun. (Getting there requires 4-wheel drive, so take care.) For a day trip further away, head to Oregon’s only national park, <strong>Crater Lake</strong>, about 75 miles from Ashland for a free, ranger-led, off-trail snowshoeing excursion through the meadows and forests along the rim of Crater Lake.</p> <p><strong>Read More: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/aaa-news-benefits/crater-lake-honeymoon" title="Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon">A Romantic Getaway to Crater Lake National Park</a></strong></p> <h3>Indoor Fun in Ashland in Winter</h3> <p>When it’s time to come in from the cold, Ashland has cultural appeals aplenty. The <a href="http://sma.sou.edu/" target="_blank" title="Schneider Museum of Art"><strong>Schneider Museum of Art</strong></a> at Southern Oregon University, with exhibits that change regularly, is free and open Monday-Saturday.</p> <p>Travelers visiting on the first Friday of every month can join locals from 5-8 p.m. on the <a href="http://www.ashlandgalleries.com/events/first-friday-artwalk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ashland First Friday Artwalk"><strong>First Friday Art Walk</strong></a>, when galleries open new shows and art lovers can meet the artists.</p> <p>Kids of all ages love the interactive exhibits at <a href="https://www.scienceworksmuseum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum"><strong>ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum</strong></a>, and parents appreciate that kids are learning while they’re playing. Admission for kids ages 2-12 is $10, and it’s $12 for teens and adults. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Winter Events in Ashland</h3> <p>The annual <strong><a href="https://www.ashlandchamber.com/Page.asp?NavID=781" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Festival of Light Celebration">Festival of Light Celebration</a></strong> kicks off the holiday season in Ashland on the day after Thanksgiving with Santa’s Parade, carolers singing downtown, and a chance for the kids to meet Santa for photos. Special weekend events continue through December, including caroling on Saturdays. Pick up an event schedule and a holiday gift guide at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce or at one of many local shops.</p> <p>The fun doesn’t stop come January 1. Ashland is home to the <strong><a href="http://www.oregonchocolatefestival.com/" target="_blank" title="Oregon Chocolate Festival">Oregon Chocolate Festival</a></strong>, which occurs in February or March (depending on the year). There are chocolate tastings, demonstrations, and contests, as well as an expo floor full of chocolate purveyors from near and far.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/oregon-chocolate-festival-ashland-oregon-winter-weekend-trip-via-magazine-2x3.jpg?itok=ggfbFCPT" width="848" height="565" alt="A cake with a chocolate ganache and chocolate roll sit on a plate at the Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland, Oregon, image" title="Indulge at the Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Courtesy of Oregon Chocolate Festival</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Indulge at the Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Ashland Eats</h3> <p>Visitors from all over the world come to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival, and more than 100 restaurants in town cater to every taste. Look for local ingredients on menus, such as Rogue Creamery cheese made in nearby Central Point and Branson’s Chocolate made by a longtime Ashland resident.</p> <p>Try the farm-to-table comfort food&nbsp;at <strong><a href="https://www.larksrestaurant.com/" target="_blank" title="Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine">Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine</a></strong> in the Ashland Springs Hotel, where they pride themselves on using ingredients produced nearby and knowing their farmers firsthand.</p> <p><a href="https://smithfieldsashland.com/" target="_blank" title="Smithfields Restaurant and Bar"><strong>Smithfields Restaurant and Bar</strong></a>&nbsp;is proudly meat-centric,&nbsp;with a variety of steaks and a selection of house-made charcuterie on the menu. Located across the street from their&nbsp;Smithfields Pubs and&nbsp;Pies location, the steakhouse follows "nose-to-tail" practices and works with local providers to round out the menu with fresh seafood, produce, and beer.</p> <p>Adults can warm from the inside out with a visit to one of the local wineries or microbreweries for a tasting. <strong><a href="https://www.standingstonebrewing.com/" target="_blank" title="Standing Stone Brewing Company">Standing Stone Brewing Company</a></strong> in downtown Ashland prides itself not only on its craft beers but also on its commitment to sustainability, social responsibility, and eco-friendly business practices. Stop in to sip their brews along with a menu featuring meat and produce from their own farm.</p> <p>Or head to the&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.ashlandwinecellar.com/" target="_blank" title="Ashland Wine Cellar">Ashland Wine Cellar</a></strong>&nbsp;for a&nbsp;local wine flight to&nbsp;easily&nbsp;sample pours from several nearby wineries without leaving town.</p> <h3>Holiday Shopping in Ashland</h3> <p>Harry &amp; David boxes are a staple of holiday gift giving, and you can take a tour of their factory or browse their extensive shop at the&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://stores.harryanddavid.com/medford-or" target="_blank" title="Harry &amp; David Country Village Tours">Harry &amp; David Country Village</a></strong> about 13 miles from Ashland&nbsp;in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/medford-ore-autumn-weekender" title="Medford, Oregon: Autumn Weekender">Medford</a>, OR. In town, <strong><a href="https://bransonschocolates.com/" target="_blank" title="Branson’s Chocolate">Branson’s Chocolate</a></strong>&nbsp;is perfect stop for small gifts and stocking stuffers.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://lithiaartisansmarket.com/medford-armory-holiday-market/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="The Holiday Market">The Holiday Market</a></strong>, which spent 13 years in Ashland, moves to its new home at the nearby Medford National Guard Armory in December 2018. Shoppers can expect the same great selection of local artists and artisans selling handmade souvenirs and gifts. For November visitors, the <strong><a href="https://lithiaartisansmarket.com/ashland-armory-christmas-faire/" target="_blank" title="Ashland Armory Christmas Faire">Ashland Armory Christmas Faire</a></strong> runs over Thanksgiving weekend in the Historic Ashland Armory. Entry to both markets is free and there’s live music to entertain you while you browse for special goodies to bring home.</p> <p><strong>Up Next:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/best-mountain-towns-winter" title="Best Mountain Towns for Winter">Best Mountain Towns for Winter</a></strong></p> <p><style type="text/css"><!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--> </style><p><strong>If you're planning on traveling to Ashland, talk to the Vacation Experts for free at AAA Travel. </strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in December 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:00:39 +0000 Anonymous 7986 at https://www.viamagazine.com The West’s Top Culinary Destinations https://www.viamagazine.com/food-wine/wests-top-culinary-destinations <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The West’s Top Culinary Destinations </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Everywhere you turn these days, there's always something delicious to eat.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/71" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Leslie Endicott</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/21/2018 - 07:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/carolyn-jung" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Carolyn Jung</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2018-11-21T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">November 2018</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-wine/wests-top-culinary-destinations" st_title="The West’s Top Culinary Destinations " class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-wine/wests-top-culinary-destinations" st_title="The West’s Top Culinary Destinations " class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-wine/wests-top-culinary-destinations" st_title="The West’s Top Culinary Destinations " class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-wine/wests-top-culinary-destinations" st_title="The West’s Top Culinary Destinations " class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/le-pigeon-culinary-hotspots-restaurants-portland-food-via-magazine.jpg?itok=CdKJyJRb" width="846" height="565" alt="The fish of the day salmon on a white plate with a back background at Le Pigeon in Portland, image" title="Fish of the day at Le Pigeon in Portland." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Image: Courtesy of Le Pigeon</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Fish of the day at Le Pigeon in Portland.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Some people travel to relax, to escape the grind, to experience different cultures, or to become immersed in history. For more and more travelers, though, the overriding factor for choosing a vacation locale is a top-notch food and drink scene. When your stomach is your ultimate guide, these top culinary destinations in the West should not be missed.</p> <h3>San Francisco, CA</h3> <p>It’s the birthplace of sourdough bread, cioppino, and countless food trends, as well as the city with the most full-service restaurants in the country. When visitors come to San Francisco, food is first and foremost on their minds for good reason.</p> <p>One of the newest must-stops is <a href="https://www.chefico.com/" target="_blank" title="Che Fico"><strong>Che Fico</strong></a>, opened in 2018 by a team of alums from New York’s vaunted Eleven Madison Park. Italian for “what a fig’’ or more common in slang for “that’s so cool,’’ the Cal-Italian tavern frequently has lines out the door and A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Anderson Cooper paying visits for toothsome house-made saffron spaghetti with lobster and blistered pizza crusts with a flurry of grated Parmesan blanketing the edges.</p> <p>Insider’s Tip: Can’t snag a table? Try one of these <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/blog/nopa-must-see-san-francisco-neighborhood" title="NoPa: Must-See San Francisco Neighborhood">nearby NoPa&nbsp;restaurants</a> instead.</p> <p>Perennial favorite, <a href="https://www.richtablesf.com/" target="_blank" title="Rich Table"><strong>Rich Table</strong></a>, which notched a Michelin star in 2018, is always a hard ticket. But it’s worth the effort to enjoy its uncanny, imaginative fare such as dried porcini doughnuts in a pool of gooey raclette, aged beef wontons with chili oil, and signature potato chips with a whole crisp sardine threaded through each of them.</p> <p><a href="http://insitu.sfmoma.org/" target="_blank" title="In Situ"><strong>In Situ</strong></a> breaks the mold of museum restaurants. Housed in the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/blog/visiting-sfmoma-san-francisco-day-trip" title="Visiting SFMOMA: A San Francisco day trip">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a>, its dishes are practically art exhibits unto themselves. Created by Corey Lee of the Michelin three-starred Benu restaurant, this Michelin one-starred establishment recreates iconic dishes from esteemed restaurants around the world. Any given menu might feature lobster with wasabi marshmallows by Restaurant Tim Raue in Berlin, sea urchin in lobster Jell-O from Amber in Hong Kong, and sage-smoked dark chocolate brownie by Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/in-situ-oops-i-dropped-lemon-tart-massimo-bottura-osteria-francescana.jpg?itok=It2kvKsw" width="851" height="565" alt="In Situ&#039;s Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart dessert, picture" title="In Situ&#039;s striking dessert, which could easily be in the museum gallery, is titled Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Eric Wolfinger for In Situ</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">In Situ&#039;s striking dessert, which could easily be in the museum gallery, is titled Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Yountville, CA</h3> <p>It may boast only 3,000 residents, but Yountville is often considered the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-wine/bite-size-napa" title="Where To Shop Like A Chef in Napa Valley">culinary capital of the Napa Valley</a>. For a time, it laid claim to having the highest concentration of Michelin stars in the world, too.</p> <p>Much of that attention is thanks largely to the legendary Thomas Keller, whose Michelin three-starred <a href="https://www.thomaskeller.com/tfl" target="_blank" title="French Laundry"><strong>French Laundry</strong></a> is the holy grail of dining experiences, what with reservations that must be made three months in advance for its four-hour-long tasting menus.</p> <p>If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s always Keller’s classic French bistro, <a href="https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonyountville" target="_blank" title="Bouchon in Yountville, CA"><strong>Bouchon</strong></a>, for steak frites and Croque Madame; or the even more casual <a href="https://www.thomaskeller.com/adhoc" target="_blank" title="Ad Hoc Yountville"><strong>Ad Hoc</strong></a>, for a four-course, family-style meal. Or pop into his <a href="https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonbakeryyountville" target="_blank" title="Bouchon Bakery"><strong>Bouchon Bakery</strong></a> for a perfect baguette or an irresistible “Better Nutter’’ (peanut butter cookie sandwich). They’re all on the same street, just steps from one other.</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/napa-valley-budget-travel-tips " title="How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget">How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget</a></strong></p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/rolands-cafe-market-bar-quesadilla-phoenix-arizona-travel-guide-via-magazine-cc.jpg?itok=tBsWd2e4" width="848" height="565" alt="Creamy Mexican cheese and spicy Italian sausage star on a quesadilla at Roland’s Cafe Market Bar. " title="At Roland’s Cafe Market Bar in Phoenix, creamy Mexican cheese and spicy Italian sausage star in an untraditional quesadilla that honors the owners&#039; heritage. " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Jill Richards</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">At Roland’s Cafe Market Bar in Phoenix, creamy Mexican cheese and spicy Italian sausage star in an untraditional quesadilla that honors the owners&#039; heritage. </div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Phoenix, AZ</h3> <p>Arguably, <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-phoenix-arizona" title="Phoenix City Guide: Discover the Best of This Desert City">Phoenix</a> was put on the foodie map when Chef Chris Bianco started his <a href="http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/" target="_blank" title="Pizzeria Bianco"><strong>Pizzeria&nbsp;Bianco</strong></a> in 1988, turning out such superlative wood-fired oven pies with impeccable ingredients that critics routinely deemed it the best in the country. Enthusiasts booked flights or made sure they at least had a stop-over in Phoenix just to try his pizza.</p> <p>His efforts spurred a new generation of restaurateurs to greater ambitions. With several restaurants now under his belt, Bianco recently teamed up with Nadia Holguin and Armando Hernandez of the beloved <a href="http://www.tacoschiwas.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Tacos Chiwas"><strong>Tacos Chiwas</strong></a> to create <a href="http://rolandsphx.com/" target="_blank" title="Roland’s Café Market Bar"><strong>Roland’s Café Market Bar</strong></a>, an all-day café in a century-old building that serves soulful dishes influenced by the couple’s native Chihuahua and Bianco’s Italian specialities. From the fresh-brewed ROC2 coffee and breakfast burritos in the morning&nbsp;to the wood fired tostadas and mortadella quesadilla at lunch and dinner, each meal brings a unique twist on a classic.</p> <p>Bianco isn’t the only one bringing new life into the desert. For something sure to bring out the kid in anyone, look no farther than <a href="http://welcomechickenanddonuts.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Welcome Chicken + Donuts"><strong>Welcome Chicken + Donuts</strong></a>. Yes, it specializes in fried chicken and donuts. But this is far from lowbrow fare. The ingredients alone put it a step above with steroid-, hormone-, and antibiotic-free chickens from Red Bird Farms in Colorado; organic sugar; and non-GMO flour from family-owned Wheat Montana. Go to town on an order of fried chicken wings with house-made Korean chili sauce, followed by a red wine-glazed donut with pinot noir salt.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/le-pigeon-portland-culinary-destinations-foodie-hotspots-west-via-magazine.jpg?itok=GTZ4n8zN" width="846" height="565" alt="dessert on a stoneware plate at Le Pigeon in Portland, OR, image" title="Artful dessert at Le Pigeon in Portland." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Image: Courtesy of Le Pigeon</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Artful dessert at Le Pigeon in Portland.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Portland, OR</h3> <p>This city’s motto may be “Keep Portland weird,’’ but it might just as well be “Keep Portland delicious.’’ All manner of <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon" title="City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon">food carts and trucks, breweries, wineries, and restaurants</a> have done their part over the past two decades to ensure that.</p> <p>While mouth-watering food lines the streets, James Beard Award-winning Chef Gabriel Rucker still manages to stand out with <a href="https://canardpdx.com/" target="_blank" title="Canard PDX"><strong>Canard</strong></a>. The café by day and wine bar by night debuted next door to his celebrated French restaurant, <a href="https://lepigeon.com/" target="_blank" title="Le Pigeon PDX"><strong>Le Pigeon</strong></a>, in 2018. Start the day at Canard by indulging in Duck Stack’&nbsp;(pancakes with duck gravy, duck egg, and optional seared foie gras) or end the evening with molasses-braised short ribs with rosemary refried beans. Twenty wines are available by the glass, too.</p> <p>Across the river in Downtown, it’s hard not to love any place that calls itself a “pastry luncheonette.’’ <a href="http://www.mauricepdx.com/" target="_blank" title="Maurice"><strong>Maurice</strong></a>, open from late-morning to late-afternoon, entices with everything from polenta clafoutis with poached farm egg to currant-and-rosemary cream scones and lemon soufflé pudding cake.</p> <p>Day or night, there’s always a line outside any <a href="https://saltandstraw.com/" target="_blank" title="Salt &amp; Straw"><strong>Salt &amp; Straw</strong></a> shop. The artisan ice creamery draws crowds with it's use of local ingredients, and makes a point to push&nbsp;boundaries in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/outrageous-ice-cream-flavors" title="Outrageous Ice Cream Flavors">avant-garde ice cream flavors</a>&nbsp;such as pear with blue cheese and bone marrow with smoked cherries. Snag a scoop at one of the five shops in town or dig in closer to home—the ice creamery now has outposts in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/best-ice-cream-spots-west" title="85 Best Ice Cream Spots in the West">85 Best Ice Cream Spots in the West</a></strong></p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-11/bateau-seattle-culinary-destinatins-foodie-hotspot-via-magazine-credit%20David%20Dosset.jpg?itok=6lk-IPSD" width="846" height="565" alt="Bateau interior basket lights and chalk mural in Seattle, picture" title="Inside Bateau&#039;s bright, modern dining room." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: David Dosset for Bateau</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Inside Bateau&#039;s bright, modern dining room.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Seattle, WA</h3> <p>With fresh local seafood galore, a temperate climate that encourages a long growing season, stellar wine producers, and a strong <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/best-coffee-shops-west" title="Best Coffee Shops Across the West">coffee culture</a> (Starbucks, anyone?), it’s no wonder that <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-seattle-washington " title="Things to do in Seattle, WA">Seattle</a> has one of the most dynamic culinary scenes around.</p> <p>After Chef Edouardo Jordan took home not one, but two James Beard Awards in 2018, the queues at his walk-in-only restaurant, <a href="https://www.junebabyseattle.com/" target="_blank" title="JuneBaby"><strong>JuneBaby</strong></a>, have continued to&nbsp;grow. It’s where Jordan—&nbsp;whose experience spans the French Laundry in Yountville, Per Se in New York, and Lincoln New York—takes Southern food to delectable new heights. The menu is heavily influenced by the seasons, but you can expect dishes like Antebellum wheat buns with honey butter; fried catfish with Geechie Boy grits, spinach, fiddleheads, and red sauce; and beignets with apricot jam.</p> <p>Named one of the best new restaurants in the country in 2013 by Bon Appetit, <a href="http://www.relayrestaurantgroup.com/restaurants/joule/" target="_blank" title="Joule Seattle"><strong>Joule</strong></a> is a hip Korean steakhouse that serves up eclectic fare such as a flat iron steak with Hawaiian prawns and watermelon lomi lomi; geoduck fried rice with pork rinds; and beef tartare with Asian pear and spicy cod roe aioli.</p> <p>Chef Renee Erickson has made a name for herself with seafood at her maritime-inspired restaurants. In 2016, she opened her first meat-centric spot, <a href="https://www.restaurantbateau.com/" target="_blank" title="Bateau Seattle"><strong>Bateau</strong></a>, which not only specializes in butchering whole animals and aging beef in-house, but also has its own farm. Opt for the five-course tasting menu or a la carte specialties such as beef liver mousse with fruit paste and toasted brioche or your choice of daily changing beef cuts finished with a flavored butter.</p> <p><strong>Up Next:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/best-food-and-wine-festivals-west" title="Best Food and Wine Festivals in the West">Best Food and Wine Festivals in the West</a></strong></p> <p><style type="text/css"><!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--> </style><p><strong>The expert travel counselors at AAA can plan your next trip to any of these destinations. Visit <a href="http://www.aaa.com/travel" title="AAA Travel">AAA.com/Travel</a> to learn more.&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in November 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:55:42 +0000 Leslie Endicott 2293 at https://www.viamagazine.com Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon https://www.viamagazine.com/aaa-news-benefits/crater-lake-honeymoon <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This Pacific Northwest gem is the perfect spot for a romantic, outdoorsy honeymoon.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/jessica-spiegel" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Jessica Spiegel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2018-11-05T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">November 2018</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/aaa-news-benefits/crater-lake-honeymoon" st_title="Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/aaa-news-benefits/crater-lake-honeymoon" st_title="Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/aaa-news-benefits/crater-lake-honeymoon" st_title="Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/aaa-news-benefits/crater-lake-honeymoon" st_title="Romantic Crater Lake National Park Honeymoon" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-10/crater-lake-national-park-sunset-camping-crater-lake-honeymoon-via-magazine-shutterstock_125135513.jpg?itok=kwi_FPcs" width="847" height="565" alt="Oregon&#039;s Crater Lake at sunrise, picture" title="Don&#039;t miss sunrise or sunset—the changing colors light up the lake for a sight you won&#039;t soon forget." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Pierre Leclerc / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Don&#039;t miss sunrise or sunset—the changing colors light up the lake for a sight you won&#039;t soon forget.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Not every honeymoon must include a cruise, beach, or spa. Couples who prefer the wild beauty of the great outdoors need more than umbrella drinks to celebrate the start of married life, and Crater Lake National Park is an ideal candidate for a romantic honeymoon getaway.</p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/article/crater-lake" title="Crater Lake National Park Trip">Crater Lake</a> is the deepest lake in the country at more than 1,940 feet. The lake itself sits in the wide caldera of Mount Mazama, a mountain that was once Oregon’s tallest peak before the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/article/volcanoes-west" title="Volcanoes of the West">volcano</a> collapsed roughly 7,700 years ago. It’s the state’s only national park, established in 1902, and has been a beloved vacation destination for decades.</p> <p>A honeymoon in Crater Lake National Park offers scenic spots to find some time alone, activities aplenty, and a uniquely beautiful lake. All that’s required to complete the recipe is your sweetheart—and your sense of adventure.</p> <h3>Where to Eat In and Around Crater Lake National Park</h3> <p>The on-site dining room at <strong>Crater Lake Lodge</strong>, like many fine dining restaurants in Oregon, highlights the best local ingredients in its menus. Feast on breakfast, lunch, or dinner with views of the lake.</p> <p>If you want a little more seclusion, head 28 miles southwest of Crater Lake (a roughly 45-minute drive) to dine at the <a href="http://www.prospecthotel.com/dinnerhouse.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Prospect Historic Hotel and Dinner House"><strong>Prospect Historic Hotel and Dinner House</strong></a> in the tiny community of Prospect. The former stagecoach stop is now a charming B&amp;B with a restaurant that serves dinner from May through October.</p> <p>For serious comfort food, look no further than <a href="http://www.unioncreekoregon.com/beckies-cafe/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Beckie’s Cafe"><strong>Beckie’s Café</strong></a> at the Union Creek Resort. Beckie’s has been serving hungry guests since 1926. Today, the menu is traditional diner fare, including homemade pies baked fresh daily. The café is about 40 minutes from Crater Lake Lodge, and lunch and dinner are only served during the summer.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-10/crater-lake-national-park-winter-activities-hammock-relaxation-camping-crater-lake-honeymoon-via-magazine-shutterstock_532372981.jpg?itok=NJ_ML5fP" width="847" height="565" alt="A woman lounges in a hammock overlooking Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, picture" title="Take to the trails to sneak away together." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Kris Wiktor / Shutterstock</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Take to the trails to sneak away together.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>What to Do in Crater Lake National Park</h3> <p>With more than 90 miles of trails, Crater Lake National Park is a hiker’s paradise. There are trails at all skill levels, from easy strolls through flowery meadows and old-growth forests to challenging climbs up ancient volcanic peaks and cinder cones—including the top of <strong>Wizard Island</strong> on the lake. Rangers lead evening hikes up <strong>Watchman Peak</strong>, an excellent place to watch the sunset and <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/blog/best-photo-ops-west" title="7 Best Photo Ops in the West">snap photos</a> worthy of a wedding album.</p> <p>Take in the views from every angle along the 33-mile <strong>Rim Drive</strong>, which is either a leisurely trip by car or a strenuous one by bicycle. Leave the driving to a ranger, if you prefer, with a two-hour trolley tour along the Rim Drive, with five stops along the way.</p> <p>Insider’s Tip: Pick up provisions at the <strong>Rim Village Café</strong>&nbsp;in the park before you depart—four roadside viewpoints along the drive have picnic areas for a scenic lunch.</p> <p>Recreational boats aren’t allowed on Crater Lake, but there are <strong>guided</strong>&nbsp;<strong>boat tours </strong>offered. Standard tours take two hours to circle the lake. Wizard Island tours allow visitors three hours to explore the island’s hiking trails or fishing spots in addition to the standard lake tour. Taking one of these tours, though, requires a steep 1.1-mile hike from the Rim Drive down to Cleetwood Cove and then (this is the hardest part) back up again. Park officials liken it to “climbing 65 flights of stairs.”</p> <p><strong>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/blog/insiders-guide-6-top-national-parks" title="Insider’s Guide to 6 Top National Parks">Insider’s Guide to 6 Top National Parks</a>, including Crater Lake</strong></p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-10/kriselle-cellars-vineyard-oregon-tasting-room-crater-lake-honeymoon-via-magazine.jpg?itok=hOXmYaco" width="848" height="565" alt="Kriselle Cellars vineyards outside of the tasting room, picture" title="Kriselle Cellars&#039;s tasting room is the perfect spot to raise a glass to your future." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: Courtesy of Kriselle Cellars</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Kriselle Cellars&#039;s tasting room is the perfect spot to raise a glass to your future.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Nearby Places to Celebrate (and&nbsp;Raise a Glass)</h3> <p>Southern Oregon has numerous wineries, several of which can be linked together for a nice wine tasting day trip from (or en route to) Crater Lake. <strong><a href="http://upperroguewinetrail.com/" target="_blank" title="The Upper Rogue Wine Trail ">The Upper Rogue Wine Trail</a></strong>&nbsp;includes <a href="https://agateridgevineyard.com/" target="_blank" title="Agate Ridge Vineyard"><strong>Agate Ridge Vineyard</strong></a>, with a tasting room inside a century-old farm house. The tasting room at <a href="https://www.krisellecellars.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Kriselle Cellars"><strong>Kriselle Cellars</strong></a> boasts hilltop views over the vineyards, and cheese plates are available for nibbling while you sip. Both wineries are near Eagle Point, about an hour’s drive from Crater Lake.</p> <p>Add some drama to your outdoorsy honeymoon with a side trip to <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/ashland-ore-culture-weekend" title="A Cultured Weekend in Ashland, Oregon">Ashland</a>, about 90 miles from the lake, to take in a play or two at the renowned <strong>Oregon Shakespeare Festival</strong>.</p> <h3>When to Go to Crater Lake National Park for the Ideal Honeymoon</h3> <p>While the park itself is open year-round, snow means many park facilities—as well as some roads—are closed during the winter months. Even visitors who make the trip in spring or autumn may find the lake surrounded by snow and some of the roads difficult to manage without chains or snow tires—though, of course, that can mean fewer people vying for viewpoints and more time snuggled up by the fire.</p> <p>Summer visitors don’t get to have all the romantic fun. Wintry conditions mean that the lodge, campgrounds, and even part of the Rim Drive are closed, but intrepid explorers can take advantage of smaller crowds to experience a whole different side of the park. There are six (un-groomed) cross-country skiing trails, from easy to advanced. Rangers lead snowshoeing excursions on winter weekends. Plenty of gentle, snow-covered slopes allow you to unleash your inner child on a sled. What’s more, the color of the lake—already an impossibly dark blue that verges on purple—is even more breathtaking against the stark contrast of snowy hills.</p> <p><strong>Up Next:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/best-national-park-road-trips" title="Best National Park Road Trips">Best National Park Road Trips</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Let the Vacation Experts at AAA Travel help plan your next road trip. Discover Members-only discounts on car rentals, hotels, and more at <a href="http://www.aaa.com/travel" title="AAA Travel">AAA.com/Travel</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in November 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:01:33 +0000 Anonymous 17917 at https://www.viamagazine.com City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-subtitle field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Portland’s charms range from books, bikes, and food trucks to a vegan bar and a bagpiping unicyclist.</p> </div> <span class="field field--name- field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/171046" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mandy Ferreira</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/26/2018 - 08:08</span> <div class="field field--name-field-byline-contributor field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">By</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/contributors/jessica-spiegel" property="schema:author" hreflang="en">Jessica Spiegel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-published-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2018-11-01T12:00:00Z" property="schema:datePublished" class="datetime">November 2018</time> </div> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon" st_title="City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon" class="st_facebook_custom" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon" st_title="City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon" class="st_twitter_custom" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon" st_title="City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon" class="st_pinterest_custom" displayText="pinterest"></span> <span st_url="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/things-to-do-portland-oregon" st_title="City Guide: What to See, Do, and Eat in Portland, Oregon" class="st_email_custom" displayText="email"></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-10/forest-park-hiking-trails-portland-oregon-city-guide-outdoor-activities-via-magazine_0.jpg?itok=DDUTQ6hW" width="848" height="565" alt="two men walk a dog on a trail in Forest Park in Portland, OR, photo" title="Visitors to verdant Forest Park can roam miles and miles of groomed trails." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: NashCo</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Visitors to verdant Forest Park can roam miles and miles of groomed trails.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/portland-oregon" title="Things to do in Portland, OR">Portland</a> is a small town—an especially creative, entrepreneurial one—disguised as a major city. Its thriving maker culture shines in the close-knit food cart scene, handmade wares at the busy Saturday Market, and frequent celebrations of area artists.</p> <h3>Portland's International Food Carts</h3> <p>More than 500 carts scattered around town in stationary “pods” draw crowds all day. The <strong>Cartopia</strong> pod in Southeast is popular with the late-night crowd, but the sprawling <strong>Cartlandia</strong> pod on SE 82nd Avenue surrounds the brick-and-mortar <a href="https://www.blueroombar.com/" target="_blank" title="Blue Room Bar"><strong>Blue Room Bar</strong></a>, where you can bring in your <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/portland-street-food" title="Portland Street Food">food cart grub</a> to pair with your locally brewed beer.</p> <p>Insider's Tip: Too cold or rainy to eat street-side? Head to&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/food-halls-around-west" title="Food Halls Around the West">Pine Street Market</a></strong> for a taste of the food cart culture without the weather.</p> <p><strong>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/blog/distillery-row-portlands-must-drink-destination" title="Distillery Row: Portland’s Must-Drink Destination">Distillery Row—Portland’s Must-Drink Destination</a></strong></p> <h3>Soccer Fandom</h3> <p>Forget American football: Two major-league soccer teams—the <strong>Portland Thorns</strong> and <strong>Portland Timbers</strong>—play to enthusiastic crowds in downtown Providence Park. Sing and cheer with the Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army fan groups on game days, or visit one of the city’s many soccer-centric bars—4-4-2, the Horse Brass Pub, the Toffee Club, and Beulahland stand out—to feel the love in the off-season. AAA Members r<a href="http://www.aaa.com/ticketmonster" target="_blank" title="Ticket Monster">eceive a discount</a> on Thorns ticket prices.</p> <h3>Urban Forest</h3> <p>Nature is just around the corner. Amble directly from the busy sidewalks of Northwest into <strong>Forest Park</strong>. The lush escape has more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. On some Saturdays, you can take a free walking tour to learn about park history or the use of local flora in beer making.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-10/powells-books-stacks-inside-portland-oregon-top-sights-shops-city-guide-via-magazine.jpg?itok=03LsCmuK" width="848" height="565" alt="Man dressed all in black browses at Powell&#039;s Books in Portland, OR" title="A reader pores over a book at Powell’s, which offers plenty of tomes to browse and buy, plus a bevy of made-in-Portland wares." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: NashCo</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">A reader pores over a book at Powell’s, which offers plenty of tomes to browse and buy, plus a bevy of made-in-Portland wares.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>City of Books</h3> <p>Everybody knows about <a href="https://www.powells.com/" target="_blank" title="Powell's Books"><strong>Powell’s</strong></a>, but it’s still a must. Browse 1 million books in the enormous block-long store. When you’re overwhelmed, retreat to the less-trafficked Rare Book Room on the third floor or the in-house coffee shop for a respite. In the Orange Room, find an array of items including Powell’s merch, embroidered patches, and Egg Press greeting cards.</p> <p>Insider's Tip: Check out <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/numbers/5-things-we-love-about-portlands-old-town-chinatown" title="5 Things We Love About Portland's Old Town Chinatown">Portland's Old Town Chinatown</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/article/portlands-west-end-5-things-we-love" title="Portland's West End: 5 Things We Love">West End</a> neighborhoods when you're down browsing.</p> <h3>Where to Ride</h3> <p>See Portland like a local—on two wheels. The bike-sharing program <a href="https://www.biketownpdx.com/" target="_blank" title="Biketown Portland Bike Share">Biketown</a> is easy to use, with more than 1,000 neon-orange cruisers available all over the city. Hop on the <strong>Waterfront Loop</strong> in <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/by-the-numbers/portland-south-waterfront-district" title="South Waterfront, Portland: 5 Things We Love">South Waterfront</a> at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for a casual 2.6-mile ride that takes you over the Steel and Hawthorne Bridges and along the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/outdoors/beautiful-willamette-river-cleanup" title="Cleaning Up Oregon's Beautiful Willamette River">Willamette River</a>, or coast through the quiet <strong>Eastside Greenways</strong>&nbsp;for an insider’s view of <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/portland-neighborhoods" title="Portland Neighborhoods">Portland's neighborhoods</a>.</p> <p>Insider's Tip: Once you've cruised the Eastside Greenways, stop on <strong><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/what-do-n-mississippi-ave-portland" title="What to Do on N. Mississippi Ave., Portland">N. Mississippi Ave.</a></strong> for artsy hangouts, stylish gifts, and a bite to eat.</p> <h3>Monthly Art Walks</h3> <p>Galleries celebrate new shows each month during <a href="http://www.firstthursdayportland.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="First Thursday Portland"><strong>First Thursdays</strong></a> in the Pearl District and <a href="http://www.lastthurspdx.org/arts-showcase-alberta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Last Thursdays Art Walk Alberta Portland"><strong>Last Thursdays</strong></a> in the Alberta Arts District. In summer, the latter takes on the flavor of a street party, with live musicians and performances. Patrons mingle while browsing handmade jewelry, vintage ceramics, and unique art.</p> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-image paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/565w_no_crop/public/2018-10/darcelle-xv-oldest-drag-queen-portland-oregon-city-guide-via-magazine.jpg?itok=N2f9X1FD" width="753" height="565" alt="Drag queen Darcelle XV performs on stage at Darcelle XV, picture" title="Octogenarian drag queen Darcelle XV wows the crowd at her eponymous club." typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-_65w-no-crop" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo credit</div> <div class="field__item">Photo: NashCo</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pt-photo-caption field--type-string-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Photo caption</div> <div class="field__item">Octogenarian drag queen Darcelle XV wows the crowd at her eponymous club.</div> </div> </div></div> <div property="schema:articleSection" class="field field--name-field-article-paragraph field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-type-text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-pt-text-area field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><h3>Year-Round Skiing and Snowboarding</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/weekend-mount-hood-oregon" title="A Weekend in Mount Hood, Oregon">triangular mountain on Portland’s horizon</a> is home to the only year-round skiing on real snow in the United States. <a href="https://www.skihood.com/" target="_blank" title="Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort"><strong>Mt. Hood Meadows</strong></a> is its largest winter playground, but you can head to <a href="http://www.timberlineresort.com/" target="_blank" title="Timberline Ski Resort Mt. Hood"><strong>Timberline</strong></a> for skiing or snowboarding without consulting a calendar. The lower areas are open from fall through spring, while the upper Palmer Glacier lifts operate from May into early September.</p> <p>Insider's Tip:&nbsp;If you prefer dirt over powder, a lift-accessed bike park is scheduled to open in summer 2019 at Timberline.</p> <h3>Best Bites</h3> <p>Happy hour means great food at fantastic value. Head to old-school <a href="http://www.ringsidesteakhouse.com/" target="_blank" title="RingSide Steakhouse"><strong>RingSide Steakhouse</strong></a> for a $3.95 gourmet cheeseburger, <a href="https://www.dougfirlounge.com/" target="_blank" title="Doug Fir Lounge"><strong>Doug Fir Lounge</strong></a> for $1 oysters, or the vegan <a href="https://nobonesbeachclub.com/" target="_blank" title="No Bones Beach Club"><strong>No Bones Beach Club</strong></a> for $6 “crab” cakes. <a href="https://bamboosushi.com/" target="_blank" title="Bamboo Sushi"><strong>Bamboo Sushi</strong></a>, the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant, is usually a splurge—but in the early evening, it’s one of the city’s best deals.</p> <h3>Keep Portland Weird</h3> <p>Get your quirk on at the fabulous <a href="https://paxtongate.com/index/" target="_blank" title="Paxton Gate"><strong>Paxton Gate</strong></a> curiosity shop or at <strong><a href="https://www.darcellexv.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Darcell XV">Darcelle XV</a></strong>, where Darcelle XV— the country’s oldest drag queen—still performs her sassy routines well into her 80s. Keep an eye out for the kilt-wearing <strong>Unipiper</strong>, who plays the bagpipes (which sometimes spout flames) while riding his unicycle.</p> <h3>Nearby Places to Explore</h3> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/depoe-bay-oregon-coast-getaway" title="Whale Watching Getaway in Depoe Bay, Oregon">Whale watching in Depoe Bay, OR</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/cannon-beach-oregon" title="Cannon Beach, Oregon: Seaside Weekender">Cannon Beach, OR</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/salem-oregon-capital-fun" title="Salem, Oregon: Capital Fun">Salem, OR</a></p> <p>The ultimate <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/ultimate-oregon-coast-road-trip" title="The Ultimate Oregon Coast Road Trip">Oregon Coast road trip</a>&nbsp;and where to find the <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/food-and-drink/best-local-seafood-restaurants-oregon-coast" title="The Best Local Seafood Restaurants on the Oregon Coast">best local seafood</a> along the way.</p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/fall-lincoln-city-oregon" title="Fall in Lincoln City, Oregon">Fall in Lincoln City, OR</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/weekend-in-eugene-oregon" title="Spend a Weekend in Downtown Eugene">Eugene, OR</a></p> <p>Willamette Valley wine in <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/dayton-oregon-weekend" title="A Weekend in Dayton, Oregon">Dayton, OR</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/forest-grove-oregon" title="Forest Grove, Oregon: Weekender">Forest Grove, OR</a></p> <p>Oregon's scenic <a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/road-trips/columbia-river-highway-oregons-scenic-gorge-drive" title="Columbia River Highway: Oregon's Scenic Gorge Drive">Gorge Drive on the&nbsp;Columbia River Highway</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.viamagazine.com/destinations/5-towns-greater-portland" title="5 Towns in Greater Portland">5 Towns in Greater Portland</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If you're planning on traveling to Portland, Oregon, talk to the Vacation Experts for free at <a href="http://www.aaa.com/travel" title="AAA Travel">AAA Travel</a>. </strong></p> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-article-disclaimer field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This article was first published in Fall 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cta-link field--type-link field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/">Learn More</a></div> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:08:15 +0000 Mandy Ferreira 38341 at https://www.viamagazine.com