Climbers prepare to scale Acadia's granite cliffs. Photo © Hilary and Tom Nangle.

Activities in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is one of those parks that has something for everyone, from active outdoor adventurers to history buffs with a penchant for finding that perfect slice of solitude. Here’s the best of everything Acadia has to offer.

Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Scenic Drive in Bryce Canyon National Park

From elevations of about 8,000 feet near the visitors center, Bryce Canyon National Park’s scenic drive gradually winds 1,100 feet higher to Rainbow Point. On a clear day, you can enjoy vistas of more than 100 miles from many of the viewpoints. Visitors wishing to see all of the viewpoints should take a walk on the Rim Trail.

Monumento al Jíbaro Puertorriqueño. Photo © Ulises Jorge, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Sights in Caguas and Cayey, Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico’s eastern mountain towns of Caguas and Cayey don’t boast the dramatic peaks and valleys of Jayuya and Utuado, but they have plenty to offer in the way of attractions. Caguas is home to the impressive botanical gardens at Jardín Botánico y Cultural de Caguas, and many locals make a day of visiting the area to dine at all-you-can-eat buffets, dance to the live bands, and shop at roadside vendors.

Ocean waves meet petrified sand dunes at Cueva del Indio, on Puerto Rico's northern shore.

Spending Time in Manatí

For years most visitors to Puerto Rico blew right past the town of Manatí on their way west from San Juan to attractions in Arecibo or the west coast. Though the town of Manatí proper isn’t much of a draw, the surrounding area is home to excellent scenic drives, beautiful treasures of nature, a quiet preserve with quite a bit of history, and plenty of outdoor activities.

The gorgeous mountain view near El Toro Negro forest, Puerto Rico.

Driving La Ruta Panorámica

You couldn’t ask for a better way to explore Puerto Rico’s Cordillera Central than to drive this 167-mile route from Mayagüez on the west coast to Yabucoa on the southeast coast. Expert author Suzanne Van Atten is here with tips on making the most of the drive, and your best options for exploring only part of the route.

La Coca Falls at El Yunque. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s East Coast

Puerto Rico’s east coast is rich in natural wonders, making it the most popular destination for day-trippers from San Juan. From quintessential Puerto Rican sights and scenic drives to sleepy beach towns and spectacular resorts, here’s how to plan your time exploring the east coast.

Unpaved road through Mustard Canyon, Death Valley, California.

Death Valley Drives: Furnace Creek Area

Many visitors treat a visit to Death Valley as a car-only tour, an approach that makes sense during summer due to the extreme heat. But during spring, fall, and winter, you can experience the nuance of the desert and enjoy your own little piece of it by hiking some of the canyons or taking one of the many lightly traveled roads.