A Brief History of Nome, Alaska

Alaska expert Don Pitcher gives a brief overview of the history of Nome, from the start of its gold-mining days to its role in World War II to its current tourism industry.

Maya Archeaological Sites on Isla Cozumel

Isla Cozumel played a deeply significant role in the Maya world. The island’s primary site—known as San Gervasio today—was dedicated to Ixchel, the Maya goddess of fertility, the moon, childbirth, medicine, and weaving. Read on to discover more about archaeological sites on the island.

Two Quick Getaways Outside Houston

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the country’s fourth-largest city? Take a quick jaunt to Brenham or head across state lines to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Read on for more about these popular getaway destinations.

The Ascensores of Valparaíso

Nothing else distinguishes Valparaíso so much as its hillside ascensores. The funiculars which date from the late 19th century were once 33 in number but are now down to 14 or so with only half a dozen functional.

Cumberland Island National Seashore in The Golden Isles

Not only one of the richest estuarine environments in the world, Cumberland Island National Seashore is quite simply one of the most beautiful and romantic places on the planet. Read on to learn about the history of Cumberland Island and to discover all the essentials for planning a trip.

The Geography and History of the Juan Fernández Archipelago

The real-life Crusoe was Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman marooned more than four years on a tiny but mountainous island several hundred kilometers off the South American coast. In what is now almost entirely national park land, visitors to what is now called Isla Robinson Crusoe, can hike to Selkirk’s lookout through forests of rare endemic plant species and observe endangered fur seal colonies in local launches.

Visual Art & Architecture in Mexico

Julie Doherty Meade discusses the history of visual art and architecture in Mexico, from the stepped temple-pyramids of the pre-Columbian era to the influence of French occupation on Mexico City. Read on to learn more about Mexican art—both past and present.