Lady Bird Lake in Austin

The greatest attraction Austin has to offer is the stretch of the Colorado River called Lady Bird Lake, where by taking just a few steps you can go from bustling, urban downtown to an alternative world that’s peaceful, beautiful, and natural. You can also find hike-and-bike trails that are some of the best urban trails in the country, plus crewing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding.

A boat on display at the St. Michaels Maritime Museum.

Visiting Historic St. Michaels, Maryland

This charming vintage port is a popular tourist destination and features manicured colonial, federal, and Victorian homes, stunning churches, and a scenic shopping area with specialty stores, restaurants, exclusive inns, and bed-and-breakfasts.

A person in a rash guard sits on the sand with a boat anchored just off-shore.

Recreation and Water Sports in Placencia Village, Belize

There’s no shortage of guide services in Placencia, where most tour operators offer service to all nearby destinations: snorkeling and fishing trips with lunch on a beautiful caye, visits to ancient Maya ruins, and a variety of paddling tours. Here’s some helpful information about great companies offering recreational activities in the area.

Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

A fountain with sculpted figures lit up at night.

Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.