An open wooden gate leads to a small courtyard with a cross in front of an old adobe building with belltowers.

Taking the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos

Tiny villages sit along the winding highway through the mountains to Taos. From Santa Fe, the drive straight through takes only about an hour and a half, but leave time to dawdle at churches and galleries, take a hike, or have lunch on the way. Author Zora O’Neill directs you to the best spots for stopping.

A white steamboat with three decks sits at dock on the river.

Tours of Sacramento

If you’re visiting California’s capital, whether you’re a history buff or a foodie, there’s a tour available to suit your needs. Author Christopher Arns suggests options for seeing the city by foot, bike, and boat.

California State Capitol Building. Photo © John Painting/123rf.

Sacramento’s People Power: A Day in California’s State Capital

Pop into your state representative’s office inside the Capitol or start a rally outside on the steps. Get inspired by wandering through one of Sacramento’s most fascinating museums. Retrace a famous protest march. Author Christopher Arns proves that no matter how you experience Sacramento, California’s beating political heart, the result is more than memorable.

The crown of a float with an elderly female figure dressed in robes standing beneath a red parasol.

Popular Festivals in Japan

Almost every town and city in Japan has its own matsuri (festival) celebrating the new year, changing seasons, or a historic event. Author Ruthy Kanagy gives an overview of some of Japan’s more well-known festivals.

Midday view of a ferry and across the water the dramatic Toronto skyline.

A Perfect Toronto Day

Whether you’re in town for business, a conference, or a short holiday, you’ll want to know how to get the most out of your visit to Canada’s largest city. Carolyn B. Heller reveals her favorite activities and experiences that you can fit into one perfect Toronto day.

Dust rises as a man perches on the roof of a chicken bus with the view of the volcano in the distance.

The Best of Nicaragua in Two Weeks

Like other countries in the region, Nicaragua has a popular, carved-out tourist route based on its principal, most-developed attractions. Nicaragua’s beaten path is made up of the Granada–Ometepe–San Juan del Sur circuit, which can be done in about one week; save another week for tackling the northwestern lowlands and a third week for the Atlantic coast or Río San Juan. This helpful itinerary will get you on your way.

Churpa and Rich leaning against their '87 Chevy van.

Exploring Offbeat Mexico with Churpa Rogers

Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers—daughter of the original editor of The People’s Guide to Mexico, the late Steve Rogers—talks about her lifelong relationship with Mexico and gives advice for travelers looking to get away from a typical tourist vacation.

Exploring Sarasota & Naples with Jason Ferguson

Florida native Jason Ferguson has yet to find a corner of his home state that doesn’t hold some sort of surprise. In this Q&A, he advises travelers on his favorite dishes (including fried gator tail), the best time of year to visit, the many options for outdoor recreation, and more.