Today’s Best of City Guides is all about the West. From the Rockies to the Pacific and all the way out to the islands of Hawaii, we’ve been lucky enough to have so many wonderful guides from the west shared with us over the years.
Today, I’ve rounded up several of those guides to share with you. And as I mentioned in our Best of the East Coast roundup, we are always looking for more wonderful guide to add to the collection, so please feel free to reach out with any recommendations on new or updated guides. Here’s to the wild wild west! —Stephanie
Of course, three amazing ski & snowboard resorts draw people to this place from all over the world. But Park City is also home to many other outdoor activities, great restaurants, fun boutiques, a thriving arts community, a historic downtown, and the Sundance Film Festival. Whether you end up here for a short getaway or the long haul, it’s a wonderful place to be. – guide author Eva Jorgensen
San Francisco (or “The City”) has everything you could need but maintains the feeling that you could stumble upon something undiscovered around many a corner. After all, Hitchcock thought of it as the Paris of America. – guide author Rebekah Carey McNall
Though Vegas has a reputation as being all glitz and over the top kitsch, it’s working hard to add depth and culture too. If you are a first time visitor, you’ll enjoy the decadence of The Strip, but make time to check out the burgeoning scene Downtown too. You’ll be so glad you did. – guide author Simone Thompson
The bustling Downtown and Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhoods are where it all began. While most of the city’s center is home to big business, it’s packed with cultural landmarks in the Golden Triangle and cute boutiques and outdoor cafés in Larimer Square. – guide author Katie Shapiro
I love being here in this town with its fantastic light, diverse interests, great food and just a general feeling of what it is like to be contemporary but living in a very old western town. It is no wonder so many movies are filmed here these days–not only is the landscape breathtaking, but the talent that exists here is broad and compelling. – guide author Lisa Neimeth
You probably know San Diego as a beautiful, family-friendly beach town or as Spring Break central. While it most definitely fits the aforementioned stereotypes, its personality reaches beyond boardwalks and keg stands. If you have the time to dive a little deeper, you’ll realize its artistic and cultural personality shifts by neighborhood borders. – guide author Julia Wheeler
I’ve found that there are many sides to the island and that my most memorable experiences have been outside the bubble that is Waikiki. Even if your ideal vacation is spent next to a pool, drink in hand, plan to spend a day or two adventuring and experiencing Oahu. There’s something to be said for the slower side of island life. – guide author Hannah Estelle
We’ve got plenty more great Western City Guides for you to look through! Check out the Places section for more guides.