Summer Fun

Get outside and enjoy the best of the season with these activities.

Pink sunset at Pinnacles National Park in California.

5 California National Parks Deliver Top Thrills

Hike volcanic terrain, sleep under the stars, and catch condors in flight at these California parks.
Kids jump off the dock at Flathead Lake Lodge.

7 Unexpected Destinations for Fun Family Vacations

Escape the crowds and find an adventure the whole crew will enjoy.
San Elijo State Beach, Encinitas CA

Top Beach Towns for Summer

From California to Washington, here are 6 sparkling places to dig your toes in the sand.
view of the unique rock formations in Lake Powell, Utah

The Best Lakes for Summer Fun in the West

For a day at the beach, head inland! Discover scenic lakes with sandy shores and water activities.
Sun peeks over Mount Lemmon in Arizona.

5 Summer Day Trips in Arizona

Cruise to cooler climes with these easy-breezy itineraries.
Huckleberry bear claw from Polebridge Mercantile on a piece of parchment paper.

9 Spots to Get Huckleberry Delights in the West

From milkshakes and pastries to burgers and cocktails, you don’t want to miss these berry-filled eats.
Downtown Placerville, California at dusk.

7 Summer Road Trips to Escape the Crowds

Take the road less traveled to these quieter destinations.
The view of the Pacific Ocean from the Dillon Beach Resort in Bodega Bay, California.

5 Affordable Beach Vacation Spots in the West

From quiet hideaways to pristine sandy stretches, these less-crowded destinations have something for everyone.
a hiker watches the sunset at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

8 Fun Things to Do in Arizona This Summer

Escape the heat with these cool, unique outdoor activities.
roller coaster riders holding on tight at Legoland

Hop on the Newest Theme Park Attractions This Summer

Get to know the latest rides, shows, and more.
Pyrotechnics at the colorful kineticFIELD stage at Electric Daisy Carnival.

10 Extraordinary Outdoor Music Experiences in the West

These festivals and venues offer aural and visual delights.
Metal bear-proof food lockers outside canvas tent cabins in Yosemite National Park's Half Dome Village

How to Keep Animals and Bugs Away Outdoors

Outsmart raccoons, avoid bears, and repel mosquitoes, flies, and ants with these tips.
a woman walks on the bluff at California's Salt Point State Park.

8 Best State Park Campgrounds in the West

Pop up your tent or park your RV at these top spots, from oceanfront to under the forest canopy.
Hikers take in the views from McHugh Creek Bridge near Alaska's Turnagain Arm.

6 Easy Summer Day Trips in the West

Escape the crowds and enjoy a mini vacation at these spots.
The deck at Salmon Falls Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska at sunset.

6 Long Weekend Getaways in the West

Make the most of your next 3-day weekend at these destinations.