Makapu‘u marks the rugged and dry eastern tip of O‘ahu.

Whale-Watching on O‘ahu

Humpback whales routinely frequent O‘ahu waters during their Hawaii stay from October to March. Once in the shallow waters, they engage in mating behaviors and give birth to massive calves. Fortunately for whale-watchers, humpback whales like to congregate in the waters from Makapu‘u to Koko Head, and swim very close to shore as they pass by.

Small bottles of maple syrup shaped like leaves are for sale at a farmers market table.

Hudson River Valley Agriculture: Maple Syrup

Some 4,000 farms cover nearly 20 percent of all land in the Hudson River Valley, producing everything from beef, poultry, milk, and cheese to apples, sweet corn, organic produce, wine, hay, and flowers. Here, a handful of farmers produce delicious maple syrup the good old fashioned way.

Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.

A National Museum of Bermuda exhibit showcases the legacy of shipwrecks.

National Museum of Bermuda

Bermuda’s largest and most-visited attraction, the National Museum of Bermuda combines a spectacular property with historic buildings and fascinating exhibits, artifacts, and cultural heritage displays. The site has been restored to its 19th-century military footprint encompassing all the fortifications of the Dockyard and historic buildings within, including the dramatic Northwest Rampart, linking the Keep fortress with the Casemate Barracks.

Old Lahaina Luau is regarded as the best, with a cultural integrity and commitment to historical accuracy.

Authentic Luaus in Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina is the best place on Maui for taking part in a luau. It’s drier and calmer than in nearby Ka‘anapali. The luaus in Lahaina are arguably the two best on the island, with cultural integrity and commitment to historical accuracy.

Shallow turquoise water of Hierve El Agua.

Hierve el Agua: Mexico’s Mineral Springs

Although the name of this place translates as boiling water, the springs that seep from the side of a limestone mountain less than an hour’s drive east of Mitla aren’t hot. Loaded with minerals, over time rock-hard deposits formed great algae-painted slabs in level spots and, on steep slopes, accumulated into what appear to be grand frozen waterfalls.

Makapu‘u marks the rugged and dry eastern tip of O‘ahu.

Sightseeing Southeastern O‘ahu

Nature rules sightseeing on southeastern O’ahu, with some breathtaking views and a truly stunning garden along with a bit of hiking and an impressively massive heiau. Expect to do a lot of walking when seeing these sights.

Steam rises up in great white clouds from the crater of Kilauea volcano.

Kilauea’s Crater Rim Drive

The 11-mile road that circles the Kilauea Caldera and passes by nearly all the main sights in the park is Crater Rim Drive. Since you can’t circle the caldera because of a long-term road closure, we’ve divided the sights into two sections: those to the right of the visitors center and those to the left of the visitors center.

Waimea Valley is an area of historic cultural significance on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Sightseeing North Shore O‘ahu

Sightseeing O‘ahu’s North Shore is primarily focused on Hawaiian heritage, and since all sites are found outdoors, nature features fairly heavily as well. With two main areas to explore, you’ll want to do a bit of planning to make sure you can fully experience both.

Watercolor painting by Winslow Homer of Bermuda's coast.

The Birdsey Studio and Other Bermuda Artists

Scores of artists made their way to Bermuda in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, with many finding fresh energy to paint and draw. Learn about their time in Bermuda, their works, and contemporary painter Jo Birdsey-Linberg, daughter of painter Alfred Birdsey, whose studio remains open to the public.