At the edge of the lagoon, a stork runs with its wings prepared to take flight.

Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

A 33-mile drive from Belize City, or a little over an hour by bus, the island village and wildlife sanctuary of Crooked Tree are primary destinations for serious bird-watchers. Lily Girma provides an overview of Crooked Tree, including information on hiking, lagoons, and the annual cashew festival.

Carriage horses in harnesses and blinders drink from tubs as they await riders.

Take a Guided Tour of Savannah, Georgia

Savannah’s tourist boom has resulted in a similar explosion of more than 50 separate tour services, ranging from guided trolley journeys to carriage rides to ecotourism adventures. Author Jim Morekis lists the most notable offerings to choose from when planning your trip.

Single, double, and triple-decked riverboats wait at port while the soft peach of sunrise glistens on the water.

Cruise the Amazon on a Riverboat Trip

An alternative to staying put in a jungle lodge is to choose a riverboat as your headquarters, which will allow you to cover far more territory. Michael Sommers shares the various options for cruising the Amazon, from luxury ships with plasma TVs and champagne to local boats that are geared more for transport than tourism.

The stone arches of the Seven Mile Bridge stretch out over the aqua ocean.

Spend a Week in the Florida Keys

First-time visitors to the Florida Keys should set aside at least a week to experience the best that these legendary islands—plus the gateway areas of Miami and the Everglades—have to offer. Author Laura Martone shares an exciting itinerary to help you plan your time.

A four-masted schooner with maroon sails crosses open water.

Explore Coastal Maine Aboard a Windjammer

Named for their ability to “jam” into the wind when they carried freight up and down the New England coast, windjammers trigger images of the Great Age of Sail. Nowadays, passengers can enjoy a windjammer cruise—you can help with the sails, curl up with a book, snap photos, sunbathe, bird-watch, or just settle back and enjoy spectacular sailing you’ll never forget. Maine expert Hilary Nangle shares everything you need to know about cruising around Maine’s coast.

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.

An Oceania cruise ship docked at Santo Tomás de Castilla. Photo © Victoria Herring, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Exploring Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla

Cruise ships dock in Santo Tomás de Castilla, just across the bay from Puerto Barrios, where those wishing to go ashore will find some of the country’s best bird-watching, lush tropical rainforests, and refreshing jungle rivers.