New Mexico's Pedernal Peak, seen from Ghost Ranch.

A Taste of Art History in Taos and Santa Fe

Santa Fe and Taos have long histories of fostering creative output, much of it inspired by the surrounding landscape. Art lovers need not spend all their time in museums (though there are some great ones). It can be just as rewarding to visit studios, talk with artists, and see how objects are made.

The front of the George Carr house in San Diego.

The Historic Arts and Crafts Homes of San Diego

The truth is that some of the best architecture in San Deigo is found in private residences, and if architecture is your thing, the historic arts and crafts homes around town are a must-see. Here are the homes and tours to put on your list.

Get superb photo opportunities with a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Free Activities in Sydney

Sydney is expensive—there is no doubt about that. Yet there are a few excellent things to do that don’t cost a thing. From museums and galleries to history, architecture, and even getting around, here are the best free activities in Sydney.

There are tremendous views to be found in the Catskills, like this scenic look at North-South Lake.

Six Hudson Valley Travel Tips

Proximity to a major metropolitan area brings large crowds to the best places in the Hudson Valley, and you’d be surprised how many of them overlook thoroughly enjoyable and simple ways to experience the area. These tips not only help to avoid the masses, but to deepen your explorations and understanding as well.

Mountain cabaña in the forest near Ixtlán de Juárez.

Oaxaca Ecotourism: Cabañas Ecoturísticas

Ecotourism in Oaxaca is a unique experience thanks to communities hosting cabañas ecoturísticas, sanctuaries for visitors weary of the tourist rush who desire more contact with local people and Oaxaca’s unique mountain cultures.

Kykuit, the sprawling hilltop estate of the Rockefeller family is a must-see in the Lower Hudson River Valley.

Grand Hudson Valley Estates

A handful of majestic estates line the Hudson River, representing several centuries of architectural and cultural trends including American Renaissance, Georgian, Federal, Romantic, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival. Many have been turned into interpretive museums that are open to the public. Here are some of the most popular mansions to visit.

A surfer on the waves at El Zonte in El Salvador.

Best Surf Spots in El Salvador

The rumors are true. El Salvador is a warm-water, right point haven with enough waves to keep everyone happy. The surf season here is March to October and coincides with the rainy season, when swells coming from the south can reach up to three meters high. For novices and experts alike, here are the best surf spots in El Salvador.

Puerta del Diablo offers short but steep hikes that lead to spectacular views.

El Salvador Adventure for Outdoors Enthusiasts

The rugged, relatively unexplored landscape of El Salvador will keep outdoor enthusiasts happy with plenty of variety and adventure, from hiking through the steep tropical forest of Parque Nacional El Imposible to diving in crater lakes near the capital or surfing the warm waves on the coast.

The California Tower's belltower and dome in San Diego's Balboa Park.

One Day at Balboa Park, San Diego

There’s more to see and do at Balboa Park than can comfortably be accomplished in one day. If you’re only going to make one pass through the treasured cultural center of San Diego, here’s how to prioritize your visit with kids and without.