Light filters through the tall redwoods of Muir Woods.

Visiting Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument comprises acres of staggeringly beautiful redwood forest nestled in Marin County. Here’s information on getting there as well as recommended nearby food and accommodations.

Small waves lap against the sandy shoreline of Wisconsin's Rock Island State Park.

Rock Island State Park in Door County

Getting to Rock Island State Park, the most isolated state park in Wisconsin’s system, necessitates two ferry rides. When you get here, it’s a magnificent retreat: a small island, yes, but with delicious solitude, icy but gorgeous beaches, and the loveliest starry skies and sunrises in Wisconsin.

Panoramic view of an alpine lake surrounded by mountain peaks.

Getting to Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park

Nestled in a high bowl of lush alpine meadows, Lake O’Hara is an especially fine hub for day hiking. What makes this destination all the more special is that a quota system limits the number of visitors. If you hope to take the shuttle, here’s what you need to know.

A verdant volcanic peak rises behind a yellow colonial church trimmed in white.

Visiting Isla del Tigre and Amapala

The volcanic island of Isla del Tigre is hardly more than spitting distance from the Honduran mainland, but it has a few decent beaches, some good seafood, and an appealing lost-in-time feel.

Two chestnut colored ponies walk along the sand by the rolling waves.

Visiting Assateague Island

While Assateague is perhaps best known for its resident herd of wild ponies, the island is also home to a beautiful 37-mile beach, dunes, wetlands, and marsh. Read about camping, birding, and more on Assateague Island.

A view of Toronto from the Ward's Island Ferry.

Visiting the Toronto Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the harbor from downtown, the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario are the city’s backyard. Learn about the different islands and plan to escape the urban bustle by lounging at the beach, cruising around by bike or kayak, or having a picnic.