Accommodations set on the verdant banks along the slow-moving Kwai River.

Excursions from Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Town

This sleepy, picturesque river town is exceedingly tranquil, with the slow-moving Kwai River snaking its way through limestone hills. Here’s everything you need to plan a trip to Kanchanaburi Town.

A mesh day-tent covers a picnic table at the side of a lake on a sunny day with thick clouds in the sky.

The Chippewa National Forest

Encompassing three of Minnesota’s largest lakes, plus the infant Mississippi River and thousands of acres of forest and wetland, the Chippewa National Forest is absolutely packed with recreational opportunities. Here’s an overview of what the park has to offer for outdoors and camping enthusiasts.

View of a classic locomotive painted black with red accents around the engineers compartment windows.

Sacramento in the Summertime: Family-Friendly Fun

Headed to Sacramento this summer in a car filled with summer breakers? Luckily for you, the Sacramento region is chock-full of memorable and educational adventures for both parents and kids to enjoy. Christopher Arns shares fun activities for the whole family, from riding steam locomotives and whitewater rafting to gold panning and telling campfire stories.

Craggy rocks rise up from the calm surface of a lake while a small waterfall spills down into the lake.

Road Trips from Austin: Weekend Destinations

As fun as it is to spend a few days in Austin, author Andy Rhodes suggests that you consider taking a weekend road trip to experience more Central Texas culture. With ideas like enjoying barbecue in Lockhart or fishing in Lake Buchanan, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time.

From Sambo Creek, you can arrange for a snorkel trip to Cayos Cochinos. Photo © butforthesky.com, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Sambo Creek near Corozal, Honduras

A few kilometers east of Corozal, and more appealing, is Sambo Creek, another Garífuna village at the mouth of a small river. Day trips to the Cayos Cochinos can be arranged through boatmen here.

A surfboard sits propped against tables poolside near palapas on the shore.

Surfing Guatemala’s Pacific Coast

While neighboring countries such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and even El Salvador have acquired relative status as Central American surf spots, Guatemala has remained somewhat obscure in this regard. As more and more people visit, locals and foreigners alike are discovering that you can, in fact, surf in Guatemala.

A fountain with sculpted figures lit up at night.

Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.

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.