Two people floating in inner tubes with the dark entrance of a cave behind them.

Finding Adventure in Belize

Get your heart racing by exploring the largest cave system in Central America, more than 11 national parks, and numerous forest and marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Author Lily Girma shares the exciting kinds of adventure that await you in Belize.

Petroglyphs marked on exposed granite.

Phoenix Day Hike: Waterfall Trail

Wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly, the Waterfall Trail is just filled with delights. The graded-dirt portion includes educational plaques with details about surrounding plants, animals (bobcats, ringtails, bats, and hawks), and petroglyphs.

Deer graze among the fallen leaves in Yosemite. Photo © Dan Balluff/123rf.

Yosemite in the Fall

For a more rugged romantic trip, check out Yosemite National Park in October. It’s not quite freezing out, but you’ll still have to snuggle up for warmth. Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is your guide to filling your days with long walks through Yosemite.

A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.