Front of a historic white adobe mission with narrow windows, a wooden door, and a belltower.

Sights in Scottsdale, Arizona

Want to know what to see in Scottsdale? Many of the city’s historic and cultural attractions center on Old Town, while North Scottsdale is home to two must-see attractions: the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West. Kathleen Bryant gives an overview of the best sights in Scottsdale.

A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.

View of the grassy stone terraces of Machu Picchu with a single tree growing on one terrace.

Cusco and Machu Picchu: Living History

Despite the conquest, Inca culture has proven remarkably resilient over the centuries, which creates the sensation of time standing still. Quechua, the Inca language that is spoken by six million Andean highlanders, is heard as often as Spanish along the narrow alleyways of Cusco. Inca Trail hikers who arrive at dawn at the Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, will see the fog rise gently from the terraces and perfect stone buildings of Machu Picchu, which was lost for centuries and therefore perfectly preserved.

A view of a crescent beach with a strip of white sand surrounded by heavy vegetation.

Early Peoples of the Virgin Islands

Four waves of pre-Columbian people settled in the Virgin Islands: the Ciboney, Igneri, Taino, and Kalinago peoples. Each group arrived in the Virgin Islands from South America, and each brought new advances in crop cultivation, social structure, and tools.

Luminous green water fills the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Lake Quilotoa and the Quilotoa Loop

The road northwest of Latacunga loops through a series of remote indigenous villages. The spectacular scenery in this region—in particular the incredible beauty of Lake Quilotoa—makes this a very popular hiking destination.