With mountains in the distance, golden light reflects off calm ocean water as the sun descends beneath a high layer of cloud cover.

Alaskan Wilderness: Tracy Arm, Fords Terror, and Vicinity

Located 50 miles southeast of Juneau, the 653,000-acre Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness contains country that rivals Glacier Bay National Park but costs half as much to reach. With massive glaciers and lots of wildlife, including harbor seals, killer whales, mountain goats, and black bears, there’s a lot to experience in this wild part of Alaska.

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Making House Calls in Rio, Part 1

Recently, MIchael visited two fantastic Rio de Janeiro homes – both of which are located in leafy residential parts of the Zona Sul and both of which are open to the public.

Rio de Janeiro scenic view

Rio’s Alternative Points of View

Unknown to many tourists, there are happily many other Carioca summits that offer alternatively impressive views far from the crowds that flock to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Michael Sommers points you towards some off the beaten path alternatives.

Memorial Minas Gerais - Vale Museum

Big City Fix in Belo Horizonte

Michael and his boyfriend take a weekend road trip from Diamantina to Belo Horizonte, a popular destination for Diamantinenses seeking a fix of Big City entertainment. While not a classic tourist destination, over the last couple of years, the city has made major investments in its leisure and cultural offerings.

View of pedestrians walking along the waterfront as buildings stack up against a terraced hillside and boats cluster in the water.

Sights in Salvador’s Cidade Baixa

Despite that the Cidade Baixa, Salvador’s port and commercial district, has seen better days, there are still a few worthwhile sights that make it worth visiting for adventuresome travelers.

View of a canyon wall with striated rock.

A Memorable Road Trip on Interstate 40, Part 1

For as long as Laura Martone can remember, she’s been an ardent fan of road trips, and as Moon’s American Nomad, she’s certainly experienced her fair share of them. While she appreciates the country’s lesser-known highways and byways, perhaps her most inspiring trip took place on Interstate 40. Here are some of her favorite attractions she encountered along the way.

Quirky hand-painted wooden sign reads Welcome to Beautiful Downtown Talkeetna and has flowers and american flags at the base.

Top Ten Alaska Towns to Visit

Wild places are the heart and soul of Alaska, but a number of small towns merit a visit, especially if you’re looking to see how real folks live. Here are a few of Don Pitcher’s favorite places.