more about: California

Western wildfires: 8 ways to protect your property

The wildfires burning in California today—like the Wragg fire near Lake Barryessa (pictured) and in various spots around the West, including Glacier National Park, Montana—are stark reminders: Our grassy and forested landscapes are crackling dry from drought, and the wildfire season is heating up. What to do? Read on…

See the Pacific Crest Trail—without taking a single step

You’ve probably heard of the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, the 2,664-mile footpath made famous by Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 bestseller, Wild, and the Reese Witherspoon–starring movie of the same name.

Spirit of the Old West: Visit this California ghost town

There is something oddly but powerfully alluring about a ghost town. Perhaps it is the voyeuristic intrigue of a city abandoned but still left standing. Perhaps it’s the chance to witness the magic of Pompeii—without the lava.

The best coastal towns in California, free concerts in Portland, and more great weekend travel finds