Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon Natural Park. Photo © Paul Brady/123rf.

Visiting Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon in Winter

Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park–three incredible bucket-list-parks–remain largely summer destinations. But when temperatures plummet, these otherwise busy parks are perfect for those who seek solitude and tranquility.

Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu behind it. Photo © Tomas Sobek/123rf.

The Best of Machu Picchu in One Week

This eight-day itinerary starts off in the lush surroundings of the Sacred Valley, moves through cloud forests and the magnificent stonework of Machu Picchu, and finishes in Cusco, the Spanish Renaissance city built atop Inca foundations. Check it out!

Volcán Concepción. Photo © Dreamstime.com.

Nicaragua’s Best Volcano Hikes

No trip to Nicaragua is complete without visiting at least one volcano. Dormant and active peaks are scattered up and down the Pacific half of the country. With a couple exceptions, most of these hikes are long and challenging, requiring an experienced guide. Here are the best volcano hikes from north to south.

Where to Travel in 2016 Moon Travel Guides

Where to Travel in 2016: A Month-by-Month List

Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.

Coba, Mexico, 123rf

Visiting the Maya Ruins of Cobá

The Maya ruins of Cobá make an excellent complement—or even alternative—to the memorable but vastly overcrowded ruins at Tulum. Its structures are much larger and more ornate–Cobá’s main pyramid is the second tallest in the Yucatán Peninsula, and it’s one of few you are still allowed to climb. The ruins are also surrounded by lakes and thick forest, making it a great place to see birds, butterflies, and tropical flora.

Quito Ecuador 123rf

Discover Quito, Ecuador’s Capital City

Ecuador’s capital is a city that scales many heights, not least in terms of elevation. Quito is an intriguing mix of old and new: colonial squares and concrete office blocks, traditional markets and modern malls, indigenous artisans and fashion-conscious professionals—and this diversity allows visitors to have the best of both worlds.