Boardwalks at Mammoth Hot Springs and other thermal features are designed to keep visitors safe and protect the fragile crusts. Photo © Galyna Andrushko/123rf.

Battling Bad Behavior in National Parks

When traveling in Yellowstone, you might be confronted with other visitors ignoring the rules. In most cases, they don’t intend to be malicious. They simply misunderstand the natural ecosystem, its realities and its dangers. So, what can you do to encourage better behavior from others? Read these tips from Becky Lomax.

Neah Bay. Photo © Tim Gohrke/123rf.

One-Week Itinerary: Best of the Olympic Peninsula

One of the best parts about the Olympic Peninsula is that you don’t need to stray far from its main thoroughfare, Highway 101, to experience a good number of area highlights. Highway 101 travels around the perimeter of the peninsula and Olympic National Park, making it possible to see the best the area has to offer in a limited amount of time.

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The Many Sights Near Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

The towns and villages surrounding Quetzaltenango make for some interesting day trips. Found nearby are the Santa María and Santiaguito Volcanoes, hot springs, Indian markets, colorful churches, and an exquisite crater lake.

Aerial view of Lake Amatitlán, on the fringes of Guatemala City. Photo © Al Argueta.

Things to Do at Lake Amatitlán

Lake Amatitlán is in the process of being rescued from what would have been certain ecological death caused by wastewater from nearby industry and uncontrolled urban growth. Though it’s still not possible to swim in the lake’s waters, the area around it is home to very affordable hot springs and spas, and a park with full facilities and picnic areas offering several outdoor activities.

An elegant pool surrounded by lush vegetation with a swim-up bar featuring a thatched roof.

Costa Rica’s Best Hot Springs Spas

Several entities make the most of the hot springs that pour from the base of Volcán Arenal in Costa Rica. These are the best, from a full-service Spanish colonial-style balneario with swim-up bars to a packed Disneyesque success story with a waterslide to a much more tranquil, serene springs with a variety of temperatures and pools.

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Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills

South Dakota resident Laural A. Bidwell offers her firsthand experience and advice on Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills–including the Southern Hills, the Badlands, and Keystone. Bidwell provides unique travel strategies such as Best Hiking Trails, Viewing Wildlife, and Fossil Collecting in the Parks, Grasslands, & National Forest. With expert tips on the best dining, […]

The brand new waterfront of Paseo Tablado La Guancha. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s South Coast

Instead of lush, rocky coastlines, rough Atlantic waters, mountainous karst country, and a dense population, Puerto Rico’s south coast features a flat, dry topography, and considerably less commercial development. It’s a great place to go if you want to escape the traffic and American influence found elsewhere on the island. And there are many great historic and cultural sights to explore.

Ten Thousand Waves brings Japan to Santa Fe.

Spas and Hot Springs in New Mexico

New Mexico is home to some of the finest hot springs you can find; some have remained glorious spots of relaxation away from it all at the end of a long, rewarding hike, while others have grown into full-service luxury spas. Whatever your preference, here are the best spas and hot springs in New Mexico from Santa Fe, Taos, and the Pueblo of Jemez.