Arecibo Observatory. Photo © Frank Van Den Eijnden/123rf.

Sights in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

There are several good reasons to visit the municipality of Arecibo. In the mountainous karst country south of town is the world-famous Observatorio de Arecibo. On the coast is Cueva del Indio, a geographic wonder that illustrates what happens when crashing waves meet massive petrified sand dunes—it’s also a natural repository for petroglyphs. And for children, there’s the Faro de Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park with its themed playgrounds and welcoming patch of beach.

Ancient petroglyphs along the Reef Bay Trail are a reminder of the Virgin Islands' early history. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Family Fun on St. John

St. John is a playground, and every child loves to play. Beaches, hiking, snorkeling, and sailing provide diversions for all ages. Leave the iPad at home, but bring a camera to record your family’s encounters with sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, rays, and conch.

Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico.

Albuquerque’s Petroglyph National Monument

Albuquerque’s west side is bordered by Petroglyph National Monument, 7,500 acres of black boulders that crawl with some 20,000 carved lizards, birds, and assorted other beasts. Learn about the area’s history and how to make of the most of your visit to the monument with drives, hikes, and views.

Stenciled hands in various shades of oranges and red paint on a cave wall.

Argentina’s Cueva de las Manos (the Cave of Hands)

The Cueva de las Manos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where stencils of hundreds of human hands, guanacos, and abstract forms cover the walls in orange, red, and yellow tones. The oldest date from around 7370 b.c. and represent hunter-gatherers from immediate postglacial times.

The colorful rocky landscape of Keahiakawelo on Lanai.

Natural and Cultural Sights on Lana‘i

From cultural sights such as ancient petroglyphs and heiau, and an abandoned plantation village, to Hawaii’s last dryland forest and a naturally-occurring moonscape, sightseeing on Lana‘i can be a quick browse of each or a leisurely immersion.

Petroglyphs marked on exposed granite.

Phoenix Day Hike: Waterfall Trail

Wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly, the Waterfall Trail is just filled with delights. The graded-dirt portion includes educational plaques with details about surrounding plants, animals (bobcats, ringtails, bats, and hawks), and petroglyphs.