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The ultimate Southwest road trip

On this drive, you'll visit the Southwest's grandest sights and some hidden gems. 

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6 restaurant recipes you can recreate at home

AAA's Southern California restaurant critics share easy-to-follow recipes from their favorite restaurants.

Sinful cinnamon rollas

New Hampshire food blogger Sarah Kenney shares her recipe for warm, gooey cinnamon rolls.

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Danny Trejo talks tacos and more

Westways caught up with the tough-guy actor and taco titan to dish about his new cookbook and his favorite taco joints.

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How to organize your travel photos

Ready to take charge of your thousands of travel and family photos? Theese six tips from organization experts will help you to get it done.

California

Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA
10 beautiful places to get your 10,000 steps

What’s the best way to get to know a place? Walk it. You’ll take in sweeping landscapes, smell fragrant flowers, or relax at the sound of crashing waves. And, if you track your daily steps, you’ll enjoy the following Southern California walks for another reason: You’ll be fitter. Each route here is close to or surpasses 10,000 steps, or about 5 miles. Enjoy! 

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach, CA
10 'secret gardens' in Southern California

With SoCal’s year-round mild climate, it’s no surprise that the region is home to a treasure of gardens. Our list of 10 “secret” gardens will leave you thrilled with the diversity of plant life in the region.

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Movie locations you can actually visit

Southern California's iconic landmarks shine brightest when playing themselves, as they do in this roundup of movie locations—and you won’t need a blockbuster budget to visit them.

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Top brunch places with views in Southern California

For the best meal of the week, you want great food and amazing scenery. These SoCal brunch spots deliver both.

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Golden Gate Park milestone

This park channels San Francisco's soul and welcomes everyone—including art lovers, bison lovers, and Lindy Hoppers.

Travel

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A voyage of discovery to the Galápagos Islands

In these wild and special islands, a writer celebrates a milestone birthday and discovers himself.

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The beat of Senegal

Westways writer Jim Benning explores the culture and heritage of Senegal through its music.

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Historic, scenic train rides in the West

On these historic railroads, watch soaring trees or verdant vineyards roll by your window as you see a new angle on the American West.

5 classic California road trips

These drives take you through miles of scenic highways and the state's diverse landscapes, from the deserts and forests to the mountains and coastline.

Food

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6 Smokin' barbecue spots

Where to find top-notch barbecue in Southern California, from traditional and Southern to Laotian and Filipino.

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Top Mexican restaurants

These 6 eateries elevate south-of-the-border cuisine to new levels.

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Delicious pizzas in Southern California

To satisfy that pizza craving, here are 6 places that dish up excellent pies.

Where to eat outstanding burgers

Who gets top bun? Westways' restaurant critics weigh in on restaurants with A1 burgers.

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