The Texas State Capitol building in Austin.

Seeing the Texas State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion

The Texas State Capitol is the nucleus of Austin, both historically and visually, and located not too far from the Governor’s Mansion. A must-see for history buffs and equally engaging for those interested in architecture or politics, both of these grand old buildings have survived years of hard politics and even harder renovations.

Pu‘u O Hoku Ranch in Molokai.

Sightseeing in East Moloka‘i

Given that eastern Moloka‘i has historically been the population center, there are also a number of visitor sites that are worth your time. A day trip to sightseeing in East Moloka’i is often one of the best ways to spend time on the island. Here are the sites that make the trip worthwhile.

A Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) astride a horse throwing a rope.

Paniolo: Hawaiian Cowboys

Learn the fascinating story of Hawaiian cowboys, the paniolo, from the origin of their name, their Mexican roots, to how the tradition continues today. At various ranches across Hawaii, visitors can take part in rides, events, and festivities.

Lakenenland Scultpure Park features entertaining "junkyard art" creations by sculptor Tom Lakenen.

Unique Michigan Destinations on the Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula boasts a subculture which celebrates the peculiar, the unexpected, and the just plain weird. The area is also home to a few natural oddities. Together, a visit to these weird and wonderful places can add spice to your Upper Peninsula sojourn.

The state and US flag hang in front of rustic Becker Vineyards in the HIll Country.

Best Wineries on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail

Texas Hill Country has rediscovered its viticulture roots. Wineries have cropped up all throughout the state, 27 of which happen to be west of Austin in the beautiful Hill Country. Here are some of the best wineries on the Trail, along with a bit about Texas’s wine history.

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.

View across Lago Lacar to San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.

Visiting the Resort Town of San Martín de los Andes

San Martín de los Andes has become one of the lakes district’s most fashionable resorts. Nestled in the hills near Lago Lácar, it owes its appeal to its surrounding scenery, the trout that thrash in Parque Nacional Lanín’s lakes and streams, and the ski boom that began at nearby Chapelco in the 1940s.

The gardens at the historic Parker Ranch are open to visitors.

Waimea Sights

Waimea sights are distinctly cultural in nature with two heritage sites to explore and a fine art museum focused on Hawaiian and Asian pieces. Make sure to plan ahead, especially if you’d like to take a guided tour, as it’s easy to lose track of time while wandering.

The Waikamoi Ridge Trail takes you just far away enough from the road that the only sound you can hear is the call of native birds and the creak of bamboo as it sways in the wind above you.

Hiking Maui: Hana and Vicinity

Hiking in Hana consists of calm, easy trails, most of which are a nice short break to stretch your legs or a moderate workout. There are a few trails less traveled with rewards such as peaceful picnic areas or pristine waterfalls, and plenty of costal views.

Eucalyptus trees forming a natural tunnel near Koloa Kauai.

Sightseeing in Koloa, Kaua‘i

Many of the sights on the Hawaiian Islands are a combination of history and beauty, and the same holds true for sightseeing in Koloa, Kaua‘i. Two of Koloa’s main sights to see give visitors a deeper understanding of the town’s heritage, which in turn deepens appreciation of wandering its lovely landscapes.