While it may seem hard to believe, there's more to Las Vegas than the big lights and casino-filled hotels. Downtown Sin City is currently experiencing a cultural revival, and for outdoorsy folks, there's not just dry dessert out there beyond the strip. Here are five hip new spots to put on your to-do list next time you're heading to the Entertainment Capital of the World.
With hot summer nights and new restaurants, bars, and shops popping up everyday in Guerenville, the Russian River gem is a must for your bucket list. Go hiking, biking, tubing, canoeing, wine tasting, and partying—or just laze by the river. Guerneville doesn't disappoint.
With Memorial Day around the corner, we've got long weekend getaways on the brain—and the beautiful little town of Ojai is top of mind. Only 45 minutes south of Santa Barbara, nestled in a lush, green valley, with bewitching orange blossoms filling the air, Ojai is all about unwinding, good food, and indulging in some good old R&R. Plus, rumor has it that this special corner of the globe has positive cosmic energy, so get ready to align your chakras.
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.
Big Sur is one of the country's most iconic road trips. Some folks wing it, driving the 90-mile stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel and taking in the views through the car window and stopping at popular spots, but some of Big Sur's best hikes and waterfalls are easily missed when you don't veer from Highway 1. Check out these hidden attractions next time you're in the area.
With its strong Sierra sun, enticing shoreline, and stunning natural beauty, Lake Tahoe just may embody the perfect locale for a summer mountain getaway. Whether you're looking for a picturesque beach from which to take a swim or paddle, a secluded cove for some clothing optional bathing, or a panoramic trail that is sure to get the heart rate going, Lake Tahoe has you covered this summer.