Where in the West Should I Go? • 52 Places to Visit in 2022

From cities and towns to national parks and lesser-known landscapes, this inaugural special section has your 2022 travel through the West covered! We’ve curated a list of 52 places to visit this year – four in each of the 13 states we cover. If you travel at a breakneck pace, that’s one a week. Let this guide serve as inspiration and enjoy the West!

Backcountry Beach Camping at Channel Islands National Park

We set off for an adventure that not a whole lot of people do: backcountry beach camping on Santa Rosa Island. Part of Channel Islands National Park, it’s a roughly two-and-a-half-hour boat journey from Ventura, California. This obstacle alone is a big reason why Channel Islands (which includes Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara islands) is among the least-visited national parks in the country.