What to do on the West Coast

Trips in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon , and Washington.

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The West Coast: The Bucket List

alpine lakes

Going Wild: Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

I've just finished reading Cheryl Strayed's Wild. In case you're a hiker who has been living under a rock, the book is about a troubled young woman's attempt to hike a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs, in its entirety, nearly 2,700 miles from Mexico to Canada. I found ...
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Santa Monica Pier for a Distance

Dodging Rollerbladers on the Venice Beach Boardwalk—Los Angeles, California

Crazy people, right out there in public, or better put, making up the “public”—that is what the Venice Beach Boardwalk is famous for. My first memory of Venice Beach is Val Kilmer embodying Jim Morrison as he sings “Moonlight Drive” in the opening scenes of Oliver Stones’s The Doors. As ...
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The Yosemite Spread

Camping in Yosemite Village: Yosemite National Park, California

The snow began just as we entered the park’s eastern side, and while my wife Emma was marveling over the view -- a sheer drop into a netherworld of gigantic sequoia trees -- I realized the tires were getting no traction. We were sliding -- sure, at a mere ten ...
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The Sign

Stargazing On Hollywood Blvd

Seeing a celebrity is a rush. Sometimes it results in a squeal, a quick dance, a dash for paper and a pen. Often whispers fill the air, murmurs of “Is it really?”…“No way”…”It is.” I remember as a young little leaguer I got to meet Nolan Ryan, one of the ...
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The West Coast: Travel Facts

Please see individual pages for Alaska, Hawaii, and California, and the Pacific Northwest page for Oregon and Washington.