The Soo Locks in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Seeing the Soo Locks

Nearly every visitor to the Soo makes a pilgrimage to the locks, right in the heart of downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The area has a lovely park, a walkway, interpretive plaques explaining areas of historic interest, and it’s easy to while away an hour or two watching the ships as they crawl through the locks with seemingly just inches to spare. But there’s plenty more to do too—like your own “lock through” on a boat tour.

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.

Turquoise water at the shore at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan

Hugging the Lake Superior coastline for 42 miles, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an archetypical example of our fascination with beautiful displays of nature. Join the generations of writers, artists, and photographers inspired by the colorful hues of its escarpments.

Beautiful aqua water meets a white sand beach studded with large rocks.

Whale-Watching in Bermuda

Whale-watching has become a spring ritual off Bermuda’s South Shore, the migration route for humpbacks as they travel from the Caribbean to north Atlantic feeding grounds. Between March and April, pods of humpback whales can be spotted even from the shoreline.

A pod of spinner dolphins photographed underwater.

Dolphin Swims and Whale-Watching Trips in Kona

Many of the kayaking and snorkeling trips in Kona offer dolphin options, but for an unforgettable experience, stick with outfitters and excursions that are fully dedicated to dolphin swims or whale watches. Here are three favorites, their focus, and why they’re so great.

Colorful poled barges in Mexico City's Xochimilco Gardens.

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Around the 13th century, the Xochimilcas cultivated manmade islands, building a network of floating gardens to help support a continual harvest. Today, these remaining gardens are a popular destination in the south of Mexico City.