The Life and Landscape of Zion National Park

An abundance of wildlife and plants can be found in Zion’s canyons. Learn more about this popular park, from the best time to see the blooming Zion shooting star to how its dramatic sandstone cliffs and “hanging valleys” were formed.

Wildlife Watching in Glacier: Tips and Hot Spots

With 60 mammal species and more than 260 species of birds, wildlife watchers keep busy in Glacier. Here are the best spots to see everything from grizzly bears to mountain goats, as well as advice to make sure you get the best views and photographs while always staying safe.

Laguna de Apoyo in Masaya, Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s cleanest and most enticing swimming hole is Laguna de Apoyo, just outside of Masaya. Actually a lake that formed in the drowned volcanic crater of the long extinct Apoyo Volcano, the lagoon floor reaches 200 meters in depth—the lowest point in all of Central America. Considering how easy it is to reach the lagoon, it is surprisingly untouristed.

Ilha Grande and Ilha Gipóia in Brazil’s Angra Bay

The largest of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Angra, Ilha Grande boasts more than 100 pristine white-sand beaches. The second largest island, Ilha Gipóia is also the most visited, blessed with its own beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving.

Ilha de Marajó in Para, Brazil

This Switzerland-size island, some 90km northwest of Belém, boasts deserted beaches and mangrove swamps teeming with exotic cranes, herons, ibises, and thousands and thousands of water buffalo.

Discover Idaho with James P. Kelly

James P. Kelly chats about the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, the best spots for skiing, his favorite restaurant in Boise (it’s actually a cocktail lounge), and more.

Visit the River Port Town of Santarém in Pará, Brazil

The second largest city in Pará, Santarém is a drowsy yet interesting river port town. Aside from offering a firsthand glimpse into Amazonian culture, the surrounding region boasts natural treasures of great beauty that can easily transform any “stopover” into a week’s stay.

Ecuador’s Top Five Wildlife Wonders

Ecuador is about the same size as Colorado, but its terrain varies from pacific beaches to 5000-meter-high peaks and tropical rainforest. Such diversity contains an astonishing array of creatures; here are the top five destinations for wildlife watching.