more about: California

Where to hike this weekend: California Coastal National Monument, Point Arena

For our August cover story, Sunset writers and editors had the tough job of scouring the entire Pacific Coast to find the most enjoyable new places to swim, hike, eat, drink, and stay the night. Talk about a difficult assignment. That’s why I made sure I got in on the fun and reported the coast from San Francisco north to Eureka. […]

Where to celebrate 4th of July—and more great travel finds

Save water: Hearst Castle asks visitors to use porta-potties

Oh, this one certainly has a delicious irony: Hearst Castle, which has 61 bathrooms, will be asking visitors to use porta-potties in July.

The West celebrates same-sex marriage

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”