These 8 bike tours are the trips that lifelong cyclists dream about taking, from luxury tour companies with sterling reputations.
They may not be Los Angeles or New York City, but these seven destinations prove that you can have a big art scene in a second-tier city.
Napa Valley may be known for wine tastings, but the area is developing more and more bars with creative mixology. Here are 11 places to get a great cocktail.
Our writer traveled to California where she discovered a ryokan in Glen Ellen, a restored mansion in Calistoga and lavish resorts close to St. Helena and Napa.
Amid glitzy chandeliers and blingy surroundings, our writer finds herself being a Winemaker for a Day at Raymond Vineyards.
In Napa and Sonoma valleys, "farm-to-table" cuisine is the norm. Diners get the pleasure of enjoying meals that take full advantage of the region's bounties.
There are a number of activities that can be added to a wine country itinerary to make the journey as memorable for children as for their parents.
After years of seeing the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train, comprised of 100-year-old Pullman rail cars, our writer decides to take it from Napa to St. Helena.
Guided by friendly staff, we visited four boutique wineries in Napa, discovering the subtleties of each vintage and unlocking the mysteries of their terroirs.
Our writer found excellent hideaways in three areas of Northern California wine country: downtown Calistoga, Glen Ellen and Napa.
Certain destinations cry out to be explored by car. Here are 15 of our editors' favorite scenic drives, from the Amalfi Coast to the Oregon Coast and beyond.
For all the beauty and adventure of a luxury stay in a remote location, the greatest payoff can come from above. Here are 12 hotels for serious stargazing.
Our founder promised to travel incognito, pay his own expenses and find hideaways with character and great service. Forty years later our values are the same.
As the list grows of places that have become no-go zones due to tourists, we've come up with alternative destinations to visit in summer.
On our recent visit to Southern California, we found three new restaurants worthy of note, two in Laguna Beach and one in Newport Beach.
We went on two whale-watching tours: one in the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara, and another, farther south, off Newport Beach.
After assessing several small hotels in the heart of Los Angeles, a little time along the coast seemed like just the thing. One hotel in Malibu made the cut.
Each beach has its own character and crowd (or lack thereof). Our editor evaluated several beaches along a scenic stretch of Southern California.
Though preservation guidelines came late to the city, Los Angeles is full of architectural jewels — if you know where to look. This tour helped us find them.
Los Angeles has seen a wave of interesting new bars open up, ranging from beer halls to candlelit speakeasy-style cocktail lounges. Here are four we enjoyed.
In preparation for his trip to Los Angeles, our writer delves into a book about the city and later enjoys time in one of L.A.'s most interesting bookstores.
An afternoon hike in Runyon Canyon, a park rising from Hollywood up into the hills, proved exhilarating in the cool air and ultimately "very L.A."
Los Angeles has become one of America’s most important centers of contemporary art. Here we visit four notable museums with exciting collections.
Los Angeles has a reputation for endless urban sprawl, but in fact it’s easy to find scenic hikes within the metro area. Here are four parks we explored.
Our editor ventured to Southern California where he scouted out hotels in Los Angeles and Malibu in search of a hideaway. He found two.
Los Angeles now ranks among the great dining destinations of the United States. Here are 8 of the best restaurants that have opened in the past year.
We visited sunny Los Angeles hoping to fill out our roster of recommended hotels with smaller properties. Of the three we visited, only one made the grade.
San Ysidro Ranch is one of the most legendary retreats in the United States. Now, after a flash flood and an extensive renovation, the property is back.
On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, we got a sense of the area's storied past by visiting its famous mission, a historic park and a maritime museum.
Many Santa Barbarans aren't even aware that one of the largest Himalayan salt caves in North America sits in the center of downtown. We had to investigate.