Spencer Beach on the Big Island. Photo © Bree Kessler.

Visiting Hawaii’s Big Island with Kids

When along came baby for author and Hawaii travel expert Bree Kessler, so too did a deeper understanding about what makes for a fun, stress-free outing for everyone. Here’s what she’s learned about beach-going, hiking, dining out, and where to stay on the Big Island with kids in tow.

The Salcantay Trek. Photo © holgs/istock.

A Beginner’s Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.

Inca Trail carved into the mountainside. Photo © Matyas Rehak/123rf.

Four-Day Trek on the Inca Jungle Trail

The latest route to Machu Picchu is locally known as the Inca Jungle Trail. Author Ryan Dubé shares an itinerary for making this four-day trek that includes biking, hiking, and trains.

The Cholla Cactus Garden along Pinto Basin Road. Photo © Jenna Blough.

5-Day Best of Joshua Tree Itinerary

The landscape of Joshua Tree National Park is mesmerizing—from the spiky trees to the scoured desert, and jumbled boulders begging to be climbed. Explore the land, climb mountains and mines, and experience all the best of Joshua Tree with this 5-day itinerary.

Cattle graze in upcountry Maui at PoliPoli State Recreation Area.

Hiking Maui: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Polipoli is an out-of-the-way, rarely visited destination offering some of the best hiking on Maui. Trails vary from short out-and-back hikes, to long moderate loops and more strenuous hikes, and altitudes vary from trail to trail as well. Use this summary of the area and map to plan your best hike.

The Hoapili Trail through a rocky landscape near La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Hiking Hoapili Trail in South Maui

Anyone who heads out on the Hoapili Trail will realize right away that this isn’t your average hike. Hot and barren and set in the middle of nowhere, the Hoapili Trail isn’t as much about hiking as it is about taking a literal step back in time.

Along the forested Waihou Springs Trail in Upcountry Maui.

Upcountry Maui Hiking: Makawao

Two of the best Maui hikes in Makawao are Kahakapao Loop Trail for hikers & bikers, and Waihou Spring Trail for hikers. Here are the highlights of both.