Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.

Wakeboarding is one of scores of popular water sports in Bermuda.

Best Extreme Sports in Bermuda

While many Bermuda residents spend weekends and downtime testing their limits against the island’s physical challenges, visitor activities were often somewhat, well, sedate. That’s all changed in the last few years with the arrival of numerous vendors offering outsiders a feel of the “real”—read extreme—Bermuda.

The Ohai Trail awards hikers with panoramic vistas of the island’s North Shore.

West Maui Hiking Trails

There aren’t nearly as many hiking trails on the West Side of Maui as you might expect. Much of the access in West Maui is blocked by private land or lack of proper trails. Nevertheless, the hiking options in West Maui offer their own sort of beauty, from stunning coastal treks to grueling ridgeline hikes.

Thanks to its protected status as a marine preserve, the reef at Hulopo‘e Beach Park is in better shape than other places in Lana‘i.

Lana‘i Snorkeling

Lana’i snorkeling is some of the best in Hawaii thanks to a protected marine reserve. Here’s where to go, including types of local marine life commonly spotted and snorkeling tips for each location, as well as available charters and what they offer.

The mountainous landscape of Panchimalco near San Salvador.

Planning a Trip to El Salvador

Volcano hikes, national parks teeming with birds and butterflies, and a rugged Pacific coastline dotted with secluded getaways make El Salvador an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Here’s how to plan a trip to this small country, including when to go depending on your interests, transportation, and visa requirements.

The Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York.

Cycling Hudson Valley in 6 Days

In a six-day tour, riding 35-45 miles per day, you can cover the length of the Hudson River Valley, hitting key sights, vistas, and attractions on both sides of the river. This suggested itinerary starts in the town of Hudson, in the Upper Hudson River Valley.

Kona Brewing Co. is a local brewpub serving fresh steak and seafood, all with a twist—their signature brew is incorporated in some way into most of the recipes.

Best Places to Eat in Southeastern O‘ahu

Southeastern O‘ahu is home to several stand-out eateries. Expert author Kevin Whitton highlights where to enjoy local specialties such as shave ice and plate lunch along with other casual and fine dining options.

Maui Ocean Riders offers the opportunity to witness little-seen areas of Lana‘i, such as Polihua Beach.

Lahaina Snorkeling Charters

Snorkeling charters in Lahaina run the gamut from small inflatable rafts to massive two-tiered catamarans. Since it’s important to match the tour company to the type of experience you want, here’s a summary of all Lahaina’s providers, including what they offer, prices, and scheduling.

Bermuda’s cultural ambassadors are the gombeys, a name meaning “drums” given to African-inspired dance troupes adorned in elaborate outfits featuring feathers, beads, and sequins.

Gombey Troupes of Bermuda

Bermuda’s cultural ambassadors are the gombeys, a name meaning “drums” given to a dance troupe grassroots tradition that borrows elements from Native American, British military, and Caribbean influences.