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.

The lush, green landscape of Hanalei.

Condos and Vacation Rentals in Hanalei for $200 and Up

For gorgeous, spacious luxury, Hanalei excels. Here, resorts and rental homes are large, sprawling affairs focused on the pure enjoyment of your surroundings, making them the perfect escape. You’ll also find all the conveniences of home and more in your immediate area.

The Ko‘olau Mountains in Kailua.

O‘ahu’s Windward Coast B&Bs and Resort Hotel

On the southeast shore you’ll find the only resort in this region, while Kailua boasts an array of bed-and-breakfast accommodations. All are great options for escaping from the Waikiki scene to one of the prettiest white sand beaches on the island.

Three separate multistory buildings of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa face the water; one faces inland for mountain views.

Kona Accommodations $150 and Up

In Kona you’ll find two resorts that offer a range of amenities. Both are fairly luxurious, full-service resorts, with very little need to venture off the grounds if sun, sand, and relaxation are your goals.