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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Best Vacation Spots in the West Division

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Some of the most popular vacation destinations in the country

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In this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly,” we are going to cover the top vacation destinations in the West Division. Last week, we talked about cities filled with hiking and skiing. This week, we head to the coast.

The Good:

Honolulu, Hawaii

I mean...it is Hawaii. I’ve been to Honolulu, and it is beautiful. The island is filled with great beaches, restaurants, and plenty of history. If you ever make it to Honolulu, be sure to visit Pearl Harbor. But if you are planning on visiting Hawaii for the beaches, I would suggest visiting one of the other islands.

San Diego, California

I love San Diego. Great city with so much to do. It is a great spot for the entire family. There are theme parks, beaches, an awesome zoo, and some great historical landmarks. The new baseball park is really cool, but I would avoid the summer rush. San Diego in the spring is even better.

Las Vegas, Nevada

I’m not a big Las Vegas guy. I’ve been a few times and learned how miserable it is in the summer. But it is a place everyone should visit. Some of the casinos are beautiful, and the entertainment is second to none. It is also a great place to watch a football game in the late fall.

The Bad:

Reno, Nevada

I grew up a couple hours outside of Reno and have family there. I have been to Reno many times. The city of Reno is not great, but once you get outside of the city and head to Tahoe or Truckee there is some great skiing and fishing. Visit Reno, but don’t spend a bunch of time in the city unless you’re there for the gambling. If that is the case, why didn’t you go to Las Vegas?

San Jose, California

San Jose has grown into the third largest city in California. The traffic is awful, and the city is super congested. But, it is close to some really cool places like Santa Cruz and Monterey. The area has a lot to offer for tech enthusiasts, but I would not consider it a vacation destination.

The Ugly:

Fresno, California

Fresno has one of the highest crime rates in California. Let’s be honest, nobody looks at a map and says: “I can’t wait to visit Fresno!” At least Yosemite is somewhat close.

That’s it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” Next week, we will start looking at some of the top stories heading into the 2021 season.