10 brunch spots with awesome views

It’s the best meal of the week, right? So raise your brunch game to new heights at these Southern California restaurants, where you’ll get great food and feel like you’re on vacation.  

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Warren Stanley reflects on his historic tenure as CHP commissioner

Before his retirement, the first Black commissioner of the California Highway Patrol talked about efforts to boost road safety and workforce diversity.

Budget date ideas

Change your usual routine—trade dinner for two at your favorite restaurant for an activity that’s revitalizing and wallet-friendly. Keep the romance alive with these eight creative date ideas.

A fun, socially distant way to exercise

During COVID-19, riding electric bikes is being billed as an ideal pandemic activity for family and friends. 

7 awesome hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

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

6 ramen spots that keep the winter blues at bay

Some Japanese eateries have inventive ways to make sure you still get to enjoy a piping-hot bowl of ramen at home.

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.

Camping in an Airstream RV on a Central Coast apple farm.
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. 

Top pick-your-own farms

Head to Southern California farms for fun and the freshest veggies and fruits around.

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

Stunning scenic drives

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

10 beautiful places where you can get 10,000 steps

Whether you track your daily steps or not, you’ll enjoy these 10 Southern California walks. 

Call of the wild

Sequestered by the lockdown, novelist T.C. Boyle uncovers a world of wildlife and quiet just steps from his home.

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.


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.

Fun and fascinating train rides in the West

On these historic railroads, watch soaring trees or verdant vineyards roll by your window from a new angle on the American West.

A voyage of discovery to the Galápagos Islands

In these wild and special islands, a writer celebrates a milestone birthday, encounters fascinating animals, and discovers much about his own evolution.

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What to expect if you fly during the pandemic

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

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.

How to sanitize your car

As you step up your coronavirus-era hygiene, don't forget to include your car.


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.

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Top Mexican restaurants

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

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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.


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. 

How to make your roof leak-proof

Tips to help you and your home stay dry on a rainy day.

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