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What's New in the West: May 2013

Whether you prefer the indoors or outdoors, you can enjoy a relocated museum in San Francisco, camping in Oregon, and a new waterslide in Boise.

The Golden Gate Bridge charges drivers through FasTrak devices or by snapping pictures of their plates.
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The Golden Gate Bridge charges drivers through FasTrak devices or by snapping pictures of their plates.

  • View sculptures by Michael Cooper at the relocated Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, with more exhibit space and a public workshop. sfmcd.org.
  • Lonely Planet’s 400-page paperback California’s Best Trips suggests 35 fun tours. amazon.com.
  • Golden Gate Bridge tollbooths no longer accept cash from drivers entering San Francisco, charging them instead through FasTrak devices or by snapping pictures of their plates. Learn more at goldengate.org/tolls.
  • At the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West displays 100 artworks depicting Native peoples in settings from real to romantic. Through Aug. 11. $2 AAA discount. umfa.utah.edu.
  • The Bend Action Sports Exhibit in Bend, Ore., probes the area’s role as an outdoor hub. It also serves beer. basebend.com.
  • The refurbished RiverPlace Hotel in Portland features chandeliers, drapes, and carpets influenced by the region’s natural and historic roots. From $180 with AAA discount. riverplacehotel.com.
  • Campers wishing to reserve spots in Oregon state parks can now receive email alerts on sites available for booking at up to five campgrounds. oregonstateparks.org.
  • Plunge six stories in four seconds on Roaring Springs Waterpark’s new not-for-the faint-of-heart Cliffhanger slide in Boise. $4 AAA discount. roaringsprings.com.
  • Tune in to Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World in Idaho Falls at the Museum of Idaho June 14– Nov. 30. $1 AAA discount. museumofidaho.org.

Photography by Zarivny

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