Cacti along the coastline of Shark Bay National Park on the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Off the Water: Forests and Parks in the Virgin Islands

Away from the water, the Virgin Islands are a fascinating and richly diverse landscape: rocky bluffs and wide plains; mountain peaks and dry seaside forests; salt ponds and rainforest. Pack a pair of walking shoes, a water bottle, and a sense of adventure to get up close to the natural world away from the ocean.

Cruz Bay in St. John. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Discover St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

For outdoors enthusiasts, there is no better place to explore a tropical wilderness. Discover the natural beauty and laid-back hamlets of St. John, plus where to stay on the island, day trip ideas, and tips on planning your time.

The art piece The Last Supper features ghostly life-size hollow figures against a desert background.

The Ghost Town of Rhyolite in Death Valley

Learn about the ghost town of Rhyolite in Death Valley National Park, settled in 1904 and abandoned almost completely by 1920. You’ll find plenty of intact ruins to explore, as well as a few surreal and unique sights.

Remnant of one of Havana's old city walls. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s City Walls

Learn the story of Havana’s massive, fortified city walls, began on February 3, 1674, finished 1697, and demolished 1863. Today, only fragments remain scattered along the boundaries of the old city.

The incan Pisac Ruins in Peru.

Visiting the Pisac Ruins of the Sacred Valley

Pisac is one of Cusco’s few great Inca ruins that features all types of architecture—agricultural, hydraulic, military, residential, and religious. Area expert Ben Westwood shares an overview of these unique ruins.