Landscapes and legends draw adventurers to the West, where a good day includes locavore dining, vineyard wine-sipping, cowboy history and outdoor fun. Hands-On History Museums? Save 'em for later. First you'll want to climb a wooden ladder into a cliff dwelling, poke around the ruins of a Pony Express station, or simply join the congregation inside a 1700s Spanish mission.
Flanked by mega-cities New York City and Chicago; landscaped with dune-backed beaches, smoky mountains and gator swamps; and steeped in musical roots, the East rolls out a sweet trip. Mighty Metropolises New York, New York is 'top of the heap,' as Frank Sinatra famously crooned. Brimming with 8.
From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in Southern California, this Golden State alongside the Pacific is a prize. Food & Drink Because California produces most of the fresh produce in the US, minor menu decisions here can have nationwide impact.
From towering coast redwoods in foggy Northern California to the perfect sun-kissed surf beaches of Southern California, this slice of Pacific Coast is a knockout beauty. Why I Love Coastal California By Sara Benson, Coordinating Author Like almost half of the people who live here, California wasn't where I was born, but it's where I've chosen to make my home.
The Pacific Northwest
Lush forests, a pristine coastline, awesome food, frothy microbrews and music and art galore – Pacific Northwesterners have it good and they don't mind sharing. Land of Locavores & Beer Lovers Seattle, Portland and Vancouver are all rich in gourmet restaurants, as well as a wide range of ethnic foods.
Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California
Southern California, or SoCal as everyone calls it, is best defined by simple, life-affirming moments – sunset over a Pacific beach, scenic coastal drives with the roof down, and Mexican tacos with cold beers and friends. California Cuisine & Wine Maybe your SoCal sojourn will be an epicurean quest.
New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Where else could you visit an Amish family's farm, camp on a mountaintop, read the Declaration of Independence and view New York, New York from the 86th floor of an art-deco landmark – all in a few days? Even though it's the most densely populated part of the US, it's full of places where jaded city dwellers escape to seek simple lives, where artists retreat for inspiration, .