The summer festival has become de rigueur. Hell, even Gap and Bloomingdales are sporting mannequins adorned in what’s become known as festival attire (short shorts, something crocheted, a reusable water canteen, a piece of cultural appropriation—you know the drill). As the series of annual rites of passage take place across the country (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Outside Lands, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, and, yes, Burning Man are among the largest), music festivals especially, are becoming interchangeable, featuring rotating rosters of the same bands (with a surprise must-see here and there) and offering much of the same experiences—artisanal culinary zones, locally grown booze camps, upcharged VIP retreats, and digital detox areas.
Tucked into the forested foothills of Gold Country, the small towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley are about 40 minutes from North Lake Tahoe down windy Highway 20. For a winter getaway these little towns do the holidays right: from Nevada City's charming Victorian Christmas to cozy winery tasting rooms you'll probably want to stay longer than a weekend.
The island of Kauai feels blissfully untouristy. Diverse and compact, with no building taller than a coconut palm, it's an easy-to-explore paradise with an authentic local vibe. Here is the best the island has to offer.
When the leaves change hues, it's time to dust off your pie recipes and find an idyllic, cozy town for autumnal inspiration. We suggest you put on your boots and pack your Pendleton blanket for Sebastopol, where the peaceful back roads are dotted with farm stands, handpainted signs for pancake breakfasts, and craggy apples trees bursting with fruit.
On the island of Maui, Ka'anapali beach resort may be best known for its fine sands, crystalline waters, and sublime views of Lanai and Molokai. But the island-style food here, as well as in nearby Lahaina, is also worth writing home about. Whether you crave seared ahi, local kalua pork, or Spam musubi (yes, that's a thing), here's where to eat when you're on the island.
In need of a luxurious Tahoe getaway but stuck on a post-summer budget? Happily, fall is the most affordable time to visit the North Shore.
There's probably nothing better than the mountains in summer. The days are hot and sunny and the nights are cool with that perfect temperature for sleeping in a tent. Lake Tahoe really comes alive in the summer months with various outdoor sports and special events. Even though this list could go on ad infinitum, we narrowed it down to the top 50.
Sure, San Francisco is great. But when you're itching for an adventure, check out some of the area's hottest getaways—some are closer to home than you might think. Here are this year's most popular destinations, new hotels, restaurants, and more.