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Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park
How a couple broke lockdown monotony in an Airstream

To escape the boredom of pandemic life, writer Starshine Roshell and her husband, John, hauled a 20-foot Airstream trailer to a Central Coast apple farm. Did their weekend getaway refresh and renew them?

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Four more amazing scenic drives

Start the car! These fun drives will satisify your itch to roam through SoCal's most beautiful landscapes.

Golden Gate Park milestone

This 150-year-old park channels San Francisco's soul and welcomes everyone—including art lovers, bison lovers, and more.

Where to find outdoor dining

Southern California diners have more alfresco options than ever. Check our list of cities that have created new areas for outdoor dining. 

A DIY Oktoberfest

Put the oompah in your celebration with tasty takeout and fine craft beers from these top SoCal breweries.

The 2020 Photo Contest winners

The pandemic didn't stop SoCal AAA members from entering some amazing images for the 2020 Westways photo contest. 

The photos that almost won

These photographs came oh so close to winning prizes in the 2020 Westways Photo Contest, but just missed.

How to organize your photos

These steps will help you manage and protect smartphone photos and other images, so you can revisit your favorite trips time and again.

California

Lassen Volcanic National Park guide

A longtime Lassen fan tells us what to see and do in one of California's least-visited national parks. 

Top pick-your-own farms

Head to SoCal farms for fun and the freshest veggies and fruits around.

It's planting season in SoCal

Want a garden that's as practical as it is pretty? Experts tell us how to do it. Plus, get our free, downloadable native plants guide

Stunning scenic drives

These 3 classic Southern California routes include beautiful sights and interesting stops. 

10 beautiful places where you can get 10,000 steps

Whether you track your daily steps or not, you’ll enjoy these 10 SoCal walks. 

Call of the wild

Sequestered by the lockdown, novelist T.C. Boyle uncovers a world of wildlife and quiet just steps from his home.

5 classic California road trips

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

Travel

A quick guide to 10 bucket-list national parks

Dreaming of your next outdoor adventure? Get ideas and inspiration for the best ways to explore some of our favorite national parks.

Surf buddies in Costa Rica

Westways editor and surfer Jim Benning takes his daughter to Costa Rica to learn how to ride the waves.

Fun and fascinating train rides in the West

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

A voyage of discovery to the Galápagos Islands

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

Man and children wearing masks at airport
What to expect if you fly during the pandemic

Planning to get on a plane? These tips will help you navigate the skies safely.

Hotel check in durting coronavirus
Staying safely in hotels

We asked experts about hotel pandemic precautions. Here's what they said.

Your hotel safety kit

Pack these items so that you're prepared for a hotel stay during the coronavirus pandemic.

How to sanitize your car

As you step up your coronavirus-era hygiene, don't forget to include your car.

Food

Where to get the best takeout

From the Santa Ynez Valley to San Diego, we’ve tracked down terrific take-away meals for all tastes and budgets.

A DIY Oktoberfest

Many craft breweries offer creative take-out and delivery options, so you can enjoy fine local brews and tasty dishes in your own home.

Top SoCal cheap eats

Check out our list of the best inexpensive restaurants in the region.

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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.

Rocio's Mexican restaurant
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.

The Quarter Creole Cuisine's Creole Seafood Filé Gumbo
6 restaurant recipes you can re-create at home

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

Sinful cinnamon rolls

Try New Hampshire food blogger Sarah Kenney’s recipe for warm, gooey cinnamon rolls.

Streak carne Asada tacos by Danny Trejo
Talking tacos with Danny Trejo

The SoCal native, tough-guy actor, and taco titan shares stories and tasty recipes that you'll love. 

4 fantastic holiday cookie recipes

Freshen up your holiday baking routine with homemade treats shared by New Hampshire inns.

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