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.

Even if they’ve never set foot on the island of Bermuda, most everyone knows that the archipelago lies in the maw of a spooky phenomenon dubbed the “Bermuda Triangle”.

The Bermuda Triangle

If there’s one thing most everyone knows about Bermuda—even if they’ve never set foot on the island—it’s the Bermuda Triangle. Surprisingly, Bermuda has never made much of the legend, even as a potential tourist attraction.

The Na Pali coast in Hawaii.

The Climate of the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii has comfortable weather year-round. Learn how the weather on the islands is moderated by trade winds, how leeward and windward mountainsides determine rainfall, and about the few severe occurrences common in Hawaii: tsunamis, hurricanes, and kona storms.

Watercolor painting by Winslow Homer of Bermuda's coast.

The Birdsey Studio and Other Bermuda Artists

Scores of artists made their way to Bermuda in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, with many finding fresh energy to paint and draw. Learn about their time in Bermuda, their works, and contemporary painter Jo Birdsey-Linberg, daughter of painter Alfred Birdsey, whose studio remains open to the public.

A Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) astride a horse throwing a rope.

Paniolo: Hawaiian Cowboys

Learn the fascinating story of Hawaiian cowboys, the paniolo, from the origin of their name, their Mexican roots, to how the tradition continues today. At various ranches across Hawaii, visitors can take part in rides, events, and festivities.

Close up of white-petaled naupaka flowers in the Oahu mountains.

Pele Legends in Hawaii

Pele, the goddess of fire, features in many Hawaiian legends, most of which showcase her fiery nature. Here are two, one to explain the curious appearance of certain flowers, and another a cautionary tale about the consequences of stealing her lava rocks.

View of Lake McDonald from Apgar Lookout in Glacier National Park.

Discover West Glacier and Apgar

While West Glacier sprouted up outside the park along the Great Northern Railway’s line, early trapper and logger homesteads dug in a foothold at Apgar on Lake McDonald—the port to the park’s wild interior before Going-to-the-Sun Road was built. Learn more about the area’s history, early tourism and present-day amenities.

The Milan Pride Parade.

Italy’s Gay and Lesbian Culture

All across Italy are visible and vibrant gay communities. Learn more about Italy’s gay and lesbian culture, including why travel magazines regularly rate Italy as the top destination for gay travelers.