The West Coast has it all: exotic deserts, sexy surf breaks and, when we’re parched, acres and acres of excellent vineyards. So see America first, and start by hitting the states up and down the Pacific Coast.
Chill by Snoqualmie Falls
This was the setting for David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, but that’s the only creepy thing about the majestic 270-foot waterfall at the edge of an evergreen forested parcel of the Cascade Mountains. We’re especially warmed by the in-room fireplaces at the nearby luxury Salish Lodge
Explore Joshua Tree
A whole lot of desert action in this national park: climbing boulders, sleeping under the stars or just walking around and admiring the oddly shaped yuccas known as Joshua Trees.
Hike Crater Lake
You can hike, camp and even watch the Northern Lights from this blue, blue lake—one of the deepest on earth.
Watch The Sun Set in Big Sur
A rugged stretch of the central coast along Route 1 that’s well known for jaw-dropping views is one drive worth taking. Especially if you glamp in one of the isolated tents, yurts or treehouses of Treebones Resort.
Ski Mount Hood
Just 50 miles southeast of Portland, this 11,240-foot-tall dormant volcano has 12 skiable glaciers and snow fields to test your skill. To test your nerve, stay in the 1930s-era Timberline Lodge, the exterior location for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
Stargaze in Yosemite
Ginormous waterfalls, redwood groves, the famous 3,000-foot vertical rock face known as El Capitan: That’s just the beginning of the natural wonder in Yosemite National Park. And at night, the lack of light pollution means you’re seeing billions and billions of stars, including the annual August Perseid meteor shower.