In the zoo after dark, colored lights make up animal shapes like a hippo and crocodiles.

10 Reasons to Visit Portland in the Colder Months

Portlanders love a good festival, particularly if it celebrates beer, bikes, music, or that favorite local pastime—devouring delicious treats. If you don’t mind the rain, November, December, and January are great times to secure cheap hotel rates and catch seasonal attractions. Here are some great festivals and activities to enjoy during the winter in Portland.

A cyclist dressed warmly rides across a pathway built low over a creek.

Trails and Resources for Bicycling in Denver

The Cherry Creek Bike Path and Platte River Greenway are the main activity paths within Denver, but each extends beyond the county lines with offshoots to many other popular paths for bicycling. Author Mindy Sink points cyclists toward three popular Denver city trails and also shares useful resources for biking in Colorado.

A field in hues of golden brown stretches toward rolling mountains near Coamo.

Visiting Coamo and the Coamo Hot Springs

The town of Coamo is a modest little village in the hilly terrain just south of the island’s majestic Cordillera Central mountain range. The compelling reason to venture here is not for the town but for its nearby claim to fame, the Coamo Baños, a natural hot springs reputed to have restorative powers.

View from the soccer stadium stands where fans wave flags and smoke curls into the air.

Sports and Recreation in Rio de Janeiro City

Blessed with many natural attractions, Cariocas are a pretty sporty bunch. Beach activities—everything from walking, jogging, and yoga to surfing, soccer, and volleyball—are very popular, as are sports that take advantage of the city’s mountain peaks.

Brazil Keeps its Cool as World Cup Deadlines Loom

Even though there are still two years to go before Brazil kicks off its much anticipated hosting duties of the 2014 World Cup, not a day goes by where the looming event is not mentioned in the press or comes up in the most innocuous and casual conversations.

View down a street in Santarém lined with businesses, one of which has Casa Feliz painted along the front.

Visit the River Port Town of Santarém in Pará, Brazil

The second largest city in Pará, Santarém is a drowsy yet interesting river port town. Aside from offering a firsthand glimpse into Amazonian culture, the surrounding region boasts natural treasures of great beauty that can easily transform any “stopover” into a week’s stay.

Baseball resting in a glove.

Spring Fever Starts Now—Batter Up!

The almost ritual pilgrimage to Arizona and Florida in late-winter when Major League Baseball starts its Spring Training season is an annual rite as quintessential as peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

A large snow sculpture of two violins.

Best Places to Build a Snowman

Whether inundated with snow eight months of the year or having never thrown a snowball, kids young and old will experience snow like never before at these amazing snow sculpting competitions.