A black and white photograph of a group of African Americans celebrating at a Fourth of July picnic.

Celebrating America’s Melting Pot

To celebrate Independence Day, here are some vibrant, living destinations from sea to shining sea where you can experience firsthand the diversity of America’s melting pot.

You’ll have no trouble finding a gay bar in the Castro.

San Francisco’s Gay and Lesbian Nightlife

San Francisco’s gay nightlife has earned a worldwide rep for both the quantity and quality of options. While the City’s queer bars and clubs cater more to gay men than to lesbians, there’s plenty of space available for partiers of all persuasions.

Sunlight bathes rows of grape vines in a Sonoma Valley vineyard.

The Best of Napa & Sonoma

Visiting California Wine Country can be a dizzying proposition, and that’s even before the first bottle has been opened. Here are suggestions for one- or two-day trips that make the most of Napa and Sonoma.

Anacapa Island at sunset.

Anacapa Island: A Stunning Day Trip

If you only have half a day to have your mind blown by the remote majesty of the Channel Islands, take a trip to Anacapa Island. Author Stuart Thornton shares information about how to get there and what to see.