Hilo Bay Hostel.

Hilo Hostels

Hilo can make a good base to explore the island: It’s only 45 minutes to Volcano and about an hour to Mauna Kea, and it’s at the beginning of the drive on the Hamakua Coast. Staying the night in a hostel is an incredibly inexpensive way to travel, especially solo or in very small groups.

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.

Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Waikiki

As a prime vacation destination, Waikiki has a plethora of luxury hotels and resorts to choose from. You’ll find some hotels cater best to families and large groups, others to the business traveler, and still more to those seeking a truly luxurious, full-service stay. Read on for the highlights of each.

Mountain cabaña in the forest near Ixtlán de Juárez.

Oaxaca Ecotourism: Cabañas Ecoturísticas

Ecotourism in Oaxaca is a unique experience thanks to communities hosting cabañas ecoturísticas, sanctuaries for visitors weary of the tourist rush who desire more contact with local people and Oaxaca’s unique mountain cultures.

Sunset on the beach at San Agustinillo, Oaxaca.

San Agustinillo Accommodations, Oaxaca

A number of lodgings sprinkle the San Agustinillo beachfront and hillside above the road. Here, you can enjoy it all: charming Mexican beach village ambience; stores and small restaurants nearby; hammock-hung verandas with gorgeous views of the foaming San Agustinillo surf; and hundreds of yards of golden sand.

Street in Río Gallegos after the rain.

Sights and More in Río Gallegos, Argentina

Río Gallegos has a handful of museums, historical landmarks, and other distinctive Magellanic buildings, and a handsomely redeveloped redeveloped waterfront. It’s also the gateway to one of the continent’s largest penguin colonies and several historic estancias open to visitors.

Parque Nacional Conguillío, Chile.

Visit Parque Nacional Conguillío in the Chilean Lakes District

Directly east of Temuco, 3,125-meter Volcán Llaima’s smoldering crater is Conguillío’s most eye-catching feature. Since colonial times, Chile’s second most active volcano has recorded dozens of violent eruptions. Plan a visit to this UNESCO biosphere reserve that abounds with dozens of other lava flows, secondary cones, alpine lakes, river canyons, and the Araucaria forest that it was created to protect.

San José del Pacífico, Oaxaca is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view.

Visiting San José del Pacífico in Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s San José del Pacífico is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view. The main local diversions are natural, such as basking in the sun and hiking mountain trails to panoramic viewpoints (and a partaking in a particular type of mushroom).

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.

Oaxaca's Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua spreads for about 20 miles of open-ocean beach shoreline and islet-studded jungly lagoons midway between Pinotepa Nacional and Puerto Escondido.

Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua in Oaxaca, Mexico

The Parque Nacional Lagunas de Chacahua spreads for about 20 miles of open-ocean beach shoreline and islet-studded jungly lagoons. With so much ground to explore, it usually takes a full day and must be done by boat. Here are available excursions, highlights, and accommodations.

Shallow turquoise water of Hierve El Agua.

Hierve el Agua: Mexico’s Mineral Springs

Although the name of this place translates as boiling water, the springs that seep from the side of a limestone mountain less than an hour’s drive east of Mitla aren’t hot. Loaded with minerals, over time rock-hard deposits formed great algae-painted slabs in level spots and, on steep slopes, accumulated into what appear to be grand frozen waterfalls.