more about: California

Free admission to the West’s state parks on Black Friday

This Black Friday, instead of squeezing yourself into crowded malls, download a free pass to see the redwoods up close and person. What a perfect day to trot that turkey off. 

The best craft-beer road trip

It took a Westerner, of course, to come up with the algorithmically perfected road trip that stops at the top 72 breweries in the country, as named by the experts at the website RateBeer.

Where to go this weekend: Temecula, CA

Fairy-tale vineyards, farm-to-table eateries, and hot-air balloon adventures elevate this emerging SoCal wine region.

Sea otters: The brightest stars in Monterey Bay

Sure, sea otters are cute. But they’re also essential to Monterey Bay’s health. Here’s why, plus where to spot them now along the northern California coast.