Westways | Winter 2023

Hollywood Sign
Best ways to see the Hollywood Sign

Tinseltown's iconic hillside sign turns 100 years old this December, having endured decades of ups and downs to become an international star in its own right.

Illustration of 2 passing drivers waving to each other.
My SoCal Life: You wave, I wave

Navigating the social side of Southern California's car-centered communities.

Inside a dimly lit speakeasy.
9 speakeasies in Southern California

Although today’s speakeasies are perfectly legal, they still bring a sense of nostalgia and mystery.

Ciclovia riders on the streets of Bogota.
Along for the ride in Bogotá’s Ciclovía

The open-streets event brings family-friendly festivity to Colombia’s bustling capital every Sunday.

Camper van parked beside the water.
Exploring New Zealand by camper van

A road trip around the rugged and remote South Island includes pristine rainforests, towering alps, and dramatic fiords.

Luau performers onstage.
8 reasons to visit Maui now

Lāhainā remains closed, but the rest of Maui is welcoming guests who care for the island in return.

Woman reading a book inside a shop.
A literary pub crawl in Dublin

Ireland's pubs and bookstores offer a gateway to explore the best of the country's culture.

Hikers paused to soak in views of the Engadin Valley.
Hiking the Swiss Alps

Five women set out to fulfill a decades-long dream of trekking in the Swiss Alps.

Goats grazing in Loire Valley.
Loire Valley’s goat cheese trail

France’s pastoral Loire Valley, dotted with vineyards and châteaus, is the world capital of chèvre.


Ask the Traveler

Illustration of woman browing her phone in an airport.
How can I protect my data while traveling?

Travelers are frequent targets for hackers. An internet security expert shares tips on safeguarding sensitive info like passwords and emails.

Illustration of a traveler standing on a giant passport.
Any tips for renewing my passport?

These days, renewing your passport takes time, money, flexibility, and even a little luck.

Illustration of a traveler in a wheelchair on a beach vacation.
Any advice for travelers with disabilities?

If you or someone you’re traveling with has a physical disability, here’s advice on planning accordingly.


Bon Appétit Restaurant Reviews

Salmon picatta over asparagus and rice pilaf.
Nate’s on Marsh, San Luis Obispo

This homey restaurant run by SLO native Nate Long serves excellent renditions of classic Italian dishes.

Sushi roll topped with salmon.
Modern Kitchen, Westlake Village

Traditional steakhouse elements combine with eclectic cultural influences and a contemporary attitude.

Oysters on the half shell.
Ryla, Hermosa Beach

Husband-and-wife chefs Ray Hayashi and Cynthia Hetlinger draw from their Japanese and Taiwanese roots.

Truffle pasta topped with saffron threads.
Gigi’s, Palm Springs

The resort-like atmosphere has retro design, plus a patio with stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Spicy miso carbonara topped with a runny egg and shaved cheese.
Ini Ristorante, Fountain Valley

Japanese and Italian influences and flavors cross over at this Orange County restaurant.

Shrimp aguachile with sliced cucumber.
Fisher’s, Little Italy

A high-energy atmosphere backs this San Diego eatery's eclectic menu of mostly regional Mexican cuisine.


Day Trips

Instructor following behind a dog on a surfboard.
5 California beach towns

These destinations offer plenty of reasons to visit. Here’s a guide for what to do and where to eat.

Venice sign hanging over Pacific Avenue intersection.

Funky cafés, street performers, and bodybuilders coexist with designer boutiques and celebrity chefs.

Encinitas beach.

Visitors will find delicious food, breathtaking views, and a perfect beachy vibe all year long.



Graphic of a car dashboard.
Navigating high-tech cars

If you’re a perplexed owner of a newer car, here are suggestions for figuring out all those high-tech features.

EV Hummer.
The not-so-hidden downsides of large EVs

There are a few safety and environmental factors you should consider before buying a large EV.

Graphic of a highway seen from inside a car.
The true price of automotive subscription fees

Many cars can send and receive data over the internet. What are the ramifications of this technology?

Kia Telluride SX Prestige X-Line AWD.
Kia Telluride SX Prestige X-Line AWD

A standout among the extensive selection of crossover SUVs on the market.

Mazda CX-90 PHEV.
Mazda CX-90 PHEV

A sporty midsize crossover with good looks and overall strong performance.


Digital Extras

Cruising the California coast

7 reasons to consider this relaxing way to explore the Golden State’s vibrant port towns.

3 under-the-radar wine regions in Northern California

For budget-friendly alternatives to Napa and Sonoma, try these down-home destinations and must-visit wineries.

Cars for older drivers

10 things to keep in mind while shopping for a new car, plus recommended models.

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