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

California Gold Country road trip

Highway 49 has brilliant spring wildflowers, green, green hills, and a burgeoning crop of restaurants and wineries

Small town grows up
Photo by Alanna Hale

Small town grows up

A stylish women’s clothing store, winery tasting rooms—a stroll down Main Street may convince you that little Murphys, 8 miles northeast of Angels Camp via Highway 4, is becoming an outpost of the Napa Valley. The town shines brightest with food: The steak frites at V Restaurant & Bar ($$$; 402 Main; vrestaurantandbar-murphys.com) would do credit to Napa, or Paris.

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