A green anole perches on a red Ti leaf.

The Effect of Introduced Species in Hawaii

Before settlement, Hawaii had no fruits, vegetables, coconut palms, edible land animals, conifers, mangroves, or banyans. Learn how introduced species have thrived, at times for better and other times for worse.

Lei-covered statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki.

Hawaiian History: The Story of the Waikiki Beachboys

If there’s something about Waikiki that sets it apart from other tropical sea destinations, it’s the Waikiki beachboys. Hailing back a century, the Waikiki beachboy culture has evolved with the changing face of tourism in Hawaii, but the gentlemen in the red shorts still practice the same core values of sharing the sports of surfing, outrigger canoe riding, and aloha with visitors.

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

A Taste of Art History in Taos and Santa Fe

Santa Fe and Taos have long histories of fostering creative output, much of it inspired by the surrounding landscape. Art lovers need not spend all their time in museums (though there are some great ones). It can be just as rewarding to visit studios, talk with artists, and see how objects are made.

A mule deer roams around Webb Lake Ranger Station in the Scapegoat Wilderness.

Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex

The largest wilderness area in Montana, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex occupies 1.5 million acres of protected land. Learn about this area’s amazing namesake crusader and how this amazing area came to be so large.

View of the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii.

Museums in Hilo, Big Island

The three museums in Hilo are all worth a visit for furthering your understanding of not only the area and its history, but the people who lived that history. Notably, these museums are housed in wonderfully historic buildings themselves.

For clear skies and dry conditions, it’s best to hike Munro Trail in the morning hours before enveloping clouds blow in on the trades.

Hiking Lana‘i’s Munro Trail

Hiking Lana’i’s Munro Trail isn’t like being anywhere else on the island, or even anywhere else in Hawaii. It’ll take the better part of a day to fully explore the area while stopping at lookouts and stepping off the main trail. Here’s everything you need to know about the hike.

Stone Centennial Monument marking the Cantonment site,

Itinerary: Hudson Valley Revolutionary War Tour

The outcome of the nine-year struggle for independence from the British hinged largely on who controlled the Hudson River. Today, a number of interpretive museums and historic sites preserve and commemorate various events and decisions that took place in those long years between 1774 and 1783. The following itinerary identifies major Revolutionary War sights along the river, from south to north.

Kykuit, the sprawling hilltop estate of the Rockefeller family is a must-see in the Lower Hudson River Valley.

Grand Hudson Valley Estates

A handful of majestic estates line the Hudson River, representing several centuries of architectural and cultural trends including American Renaissance, Georgian, Federal, Romantic, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival. Many have been turned into interpretive museums that are open to the public. Here are some of the most popular mansions to visit.