The North Trail with Griffith Observatory in the background, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
Iceland’s wow factor

All across this charmed island—from flaming lava to snowcapped glaciers to steamy turquoise lagoons—a veteran traveler is awestruck by the wonders of the land of fire and ice.


From the Fall issue

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10 charming Central Coast towns

Easily accessible yet a world away from backed-up freeways, the Central Coast is a haven for stressed-out souls. Here's a photographer's tour of her favorite places in the region.

Day trip: Atwater Village

This neighborhood between hip Los Feliz and family-oriented Glendale is where inventive restaurants and cool boutiques coexist with dry cleaners and fortune-telling joints. 

A sneak peek inside Los Angeles' new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Opening Sept. 30, the new museum presents a fresh, multifaceted approach to cinema history. Here's a guide to what you'll see.

Bon Appetit: Fall 2021 Southern California restaurant reviews

Our roundup of restaurants worth a visit all over the region. 

Best SoCal egg sandwiches

Egg sandwiches are getting prominent billing on more menus, and finally, the delicious and nutritious egg is getting the starring role it deserves.

Reflections on the life of Ryozo Kado

The Southern California craftsman left his beautiful creations in the most unlikely places. 

A life insurance needs analysis is a first step toward peace of mind

How much coverage do you need? And what kind? Fortunately, there's a tool to help you get the answers. 

Here's a stress-free way to vacation during the pandemic

Guided vacations and tours can help travelers stay on top of rapidly changing health protocols.

How to prevent catalytic converter theft

The crime is becoming an epidemic because of demand for precious metals. Here's what you can do to stop thieves.

From the Summer issue

Disney Avengers Campus
An inside look at Disneyland’s marvelous Avengers Campus

The immersive new land at Disney California Adventure brings the Marvel universe to life, along with delivering fun and thrills.

17 ways to play in Griffith Park

Los Angeles’ showcase city park celebrates its 125th birthday this year. Follow along as a park fan shows us his favorite things to see and do in this beloved urban oasis.

After sundown, another world emerges in the wilds of Griffith Park

A hike up the Charlie Turner Trail with a naturalist provides new insight on the park's flora and fauna, along with sunset views at the summit. 

Day trip: Santa Ynez

Horse-country havens like Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County come alive in summer. Check out our 9 picks on what to do and see and where to eat.

Least-visited national parks in the Lower 48

Some parks are so lightly visited that serenity is almost guaranteed. Acquaint yourself with 2020's 8 least-visited national parks (two of which are in California). 

More fave Southland takeout spots

Southland restaurants are again welcoming customers back into their indoor dining rooms, but if you simply enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home, here's a roundup of some of our restaurant critics’ favorite takeout spots. 

The Dish: Palm Springs milkshakes

Palm Springs temperatures can reach sweat-inducing highs during the summer, so chill out with a frosty milkshake at one these popular artisanal shops or classic dessert emporiums.

A perfect dog-friendly getaway at June Lake

The alpine village in California’s Eastern Sierra is an ideal setting for a low-key, dog-friendly vacay. Check out these pet-friendly things to do in and around the June Lake Loop.

Day trips


Like so many locales along the historic “Mother Road,” Upland is flush with fun places to discover.

Leimert Park

Check out our 10 picks to explore in Leimert Park, which was once dubbed “Black Greenwich Village.

Santa Ynez

There’s something about a cowboy town in the summer heat. Less hardy haunts wilt as the temperature rises, but horse-country havens like Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County come alive.

In case you missed it

The pros and cons of congestion pricing

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to launch an ambitious pilot program somewhere in the county in 2025.

Enjoy a drive on one of 8 national scenic byways in California

Pack up the car and hit the road. Here’s a snapshot of California's eight national scenic byways where the journey is the destination.

10 eco-friendly activities in Southern California you have to try

Celebrate our planet with one of these 10 eco-friendly activities that spotlight our state’s natural beauty, wildlife, and sustainable farming. 

California getaways

7 awesome hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

To help you explore this fascinating Southern California national park, here’s a list of day hikes—from easy walks to more difficult treks.

Can a staycation satisfy a world traveler's wanderlust?

Tired of the four walls of his home, a world traveler and his partner try a San Diego staycation to satisfy their travel craving.

An escape from lockdown life on an Airstream getaway

A weekend spent camping in an Airstream on a Central Coast apple farm resets a couple's outlook on life. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park guide

A longtime Lassen fan tells us what to see and do in one of California's least-visited national parks. 

5 classic California road trips

These drives take you through miles of scenic highways and the state's diverse landscapes, from deserts and forests to mountains and coastline.

Stunning scenic drives

These 3 classic Southern California routes include beautiful sights and interesting stops. 


A quick guide to 10 bucket-list national parks

Dreaming of your next outdoor adventure? Get ideas and inspiration for the best ways to explore some of our favorite national parks.

Surf buddies in Costa Rica

Westways travel editor and surfer Jim Benning takes his daughter to Costa Rica to learn how to ride the waves.

A family adventure: Climbing Mount Fuji

Can parents and a 13-year-old make it up Japan's tallest mountain? Here's their tale.

Aboard the revolutionary, double-wide AmaMagna

With more restaurants, amenities, and space, Europe’s largest river cruise ship changes the river cruising experience

chairs on a tropical beach
Why all-inclusive resorts are an answer to your vacation

More people are booking at all-inclusive resorts. Here's why, along with suggestions for resorts that cater to a variety of travelers. 

Hotel check in durting coronavirus
Staying safely in hotels

We asked experts about hotel pandemic precautions. Here's what they said.

Your hotel safety kit

Pack these items so that you're prepared for a hotel stay during the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect if you fly during the pandemic

Planning to get on a plane? These tips will help you navigate the skies safely.

Food & drink

Where to get the best takeout

From the Santa Ynez Valley to San Diego, we’ve tracked down terrific take-away meals for all tastes and budgets.

A DIY beerfest

Many craft breweries offer creative take-out and delivery options, so you can enjoy fine local brews and tasty dishes in your own home.

Top SoCal cheap eats

Check out our list of the best inexpensive restaurants in the region.

6 smokin' barbecue spots

Where to find top-notch barbecue in Southern California, from traditional and Southern to Laotian and Filipino.

Rocio's Mexican restaurant
Top Mexican restaurants

These 6 eateries elevate south-of-the-border cuisine to new levels.

Dough Girl Pizza
Delicious pizzas in Southern California

To satisfy that pizza craving, here are 6 places that dish up excellent pies.

Where to eat outstanding burgers

Who gets top bun? Westways' restaurant critics weigh in on restaurants with A1 burgers.

The Quarter Creole Cuisine's Creole Seafood Filé Gumbo
6 restaurant recipes you can re-create at home

AAA's Southern California restaurant critics share easy-to-follow recipes from their favorite restaurants.

Sinful cinnamon rolls

Try New Hampshire food blogger Sarah Kenney’s recipe for warm, gooey cinnamon rolls.

Streak carne Asada tacos by Danny Trejo
Talking tacos with Danny Trejo

The SoCal native, tough-guy actor, and taco titan shares stories and tasty recipes that you'll love. 

4 fantastic holiday cookie recipes

Freshen up your holiday baking routine with homemade treats shared by New Hampshire inns.


The real cost of a new car

The sticker price isn't the only figure to pay attention to. Don't forget these other factors that influence the cost of owning a new car.

How to choose the right replacement tires

These seven tips will help you find the right tires for your car. 

How often should you replace your car's oil?

Forget the old rules. Unnecessary oil changes do damage to the environment and your wallet. 

Car review: 2020 Honda Insight Hybrid

The Insight combines Honda’s excellent build quality with great fuel economy and overall value.


Planting a drought-tolerant garden

Want a garden that's as practical as it is pretty? Experts tell us how to do it. Plus, get our free, downloadable native plants guide

Four things to check before you begin a big renovation

Renovations involve some risk, so make sure your insurance policy is up to date and that you are properly covered.

Watch out for porch pirates

More people than ever are ordering things online. These steps will prevent the theft of packages from your porch.

3 ways to avoid costly home repairs

These simple steps may help you prevent expensive repairs to your home.