The 10 Most Gorgeous Places on the West Coast You Must Visit
Breaking waves + mountain views = #braggingrights
The West Coast has it all: exotic deserts, sexy surf breaks and, when we’re parched, acres and acres of excellent vineyards. So see America first, and start by hitting the states up and down the Pacific Coast.
Chill by Snoqualmie Falls
This was the setting for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, but that’s the only creepy thing about the majestic 270-foot waterfall at the edge of an evergreen forested parcel of the Cascade Mountains. We’re especially warmed by the in-room fireplaces at the nearby luxury Salish Lodge.
Explore Joshua Tree
A whole lot of desert action in this national park: climbing boulders, sleeping under the stars or just walking around and admiring the oddly shaped yuccas known as Joshua Trees.
Hike Crater Lake
You can hike, camp and even watch the Northern Lights from this blue, blue lake—one of the deepest on earth.
Stargaze in Yosemite
Ginormous waterfalls, redwood groves, the famous 3,000-foot vertical rock face known as El Capitan: That’s just the beginning of the natural wonder in Yosemite National Park. And at night, the lack of light pollution means you’re seeing billions and billions of stars, including the annual August Perseid meteor shower.
Hot-Air Ballooning in Napa Valley
More than 400 wineries dot this fancy-pants patch of viticultural glory just an hour and a half outside San Francisco. Get up, up and away—and not just at the many roadside tasting rooms, but in one of the multicolored hot-air balloons that offer eye-popping rides over acres of vines.
Admit it: You’ve got your own little Gidget or Blue Crush fantasy going on. Why not take two hours on the world-famously gorgeous beaches of our own coast and hang ten? Or—reality check, newbie—at least stand up for a minute.
Trolls, hold on a minute: Lots of grown-ass women just love the Magic Kingdom. Kids optional. The happy atmosphere, the emphasis on fantasy, the nostalgic recall of a more innocent time—they’re all draws. And admit it, princess fantasies die hard.
Hit a Palm Springs Pool Party
For a town where summer temperatures soar into the low hundreds and the annual rainfall hovers around five inches, there’s an awful lot of splashing going on. That’s because everyone’s getting social in their resort pool, holding the compulsory margarita. Cheers!