New Mexico's Pedernal Peak, seen from Ghost Ranch.

Visiting Ghost Ranch in New Mexico

Despite the name, Ghost Ranch has very little to do with hauntings. Instead on the retreat’s grounds you’ll find ample opportunity to explore, from museums of anthropology and paleontology to a handful of hikes that lead to beautiful panoramic views.

Kayaking past Bridalveil Falls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Hiawatha Water Trail in Michigan

One of Lake Superior’s greatest kayaking destinations, the Hiawatha Water Trail in Michigan passes along the shores of Marquette on the way from Big Bay to Grand Marais. Presque Isle is one of Marquette’s most beautiful destinations, and visitors who only see it from land are missing out: This is the ultimate kayak trip.

La‘ie Point State Wayside. Photo © Robert Lindsell, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Sightseeing Kualoa to La‘ie, O‘ahu

Sightseeing Kualoa to La‘ie is incredibly varied, from exploring out-of-the-way areas to all kinds of informative tours and outdoor adventures—you won’t find any tourist traps here.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lake Superior’s Alger Underwater Preserve

There are several wrecks concentrated in one area of the Alger Underwater Preserve, and the cold, pristine water keeps them from deteriorating. Both divers and nondivers alike can view the wrecks and ruins through dive charters and boat tours.

A kayak launches in the water in Makena Landing.

South Maui Kayaking and Canoe Paddling Tours

There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing a kayaking or paddling tour: the best areas, local weather patterns, outfitters, tour length, and more. Our expert authors are here with everything you need to know to pick the best tour for you, including this key tip: don’t let the food be a deciding factor.

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.