The West's best road trips

Satisfy your wanderlust with a Western classic--a great road trip. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way

Must-do road trip: California's 101

No road gives you more Golden State fun: 790 miles of surf, spas, wine sipping, and surprises

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Dry Creek Valley
Photo by David Fenton

Healdsburg: Wine paradise found

A lot of travelers consider this Sonoma County town the ideal base for a wine country weekend. They may be right. Healdsburg lodging options run from the eco-chic (H2hotel, from $295; h2hotel.com)  to the contemporary rustic (Healdsburg Modern Cottages, from $275; healdsburgcottages.com), and dining here runs from the very high-end (Cyrus, $$$$; 707/433-3311) to the homey (Downtown Bakery & Creamery, $; 707/431-2719). Just to the west of town lies the Dry Creek Valley (pictured), which—shhh—may be the most beautiful wine region in California. Our favorites include Dry Creek Vineyard (drycreekvineyard.com) and Lambert Bridge Winery (lambertbridge.com).

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