Cruise the winding canals of Amsterdam. Photo © Anna Gallagher.

Laid-Back Amsterdam: 7 Tips for a Relaxing Trip

Anna and her partner Courtney traveled to Amsterdam with Andy Steves’ Europe as their guide. Discovering a city with two very different faces, they set out to find an Amsterdam inviting rest, relaxation, and a chance to soak up the quieter side of the city’s culture.

Some of the creative delights served at Voodoo Doughnut. Photo © Lisa Robinson/The Department of Creativity.

Travel Itinerary: Weekend in Portland

A weekend in Portland is an excellent way to experience a city that is as bustling as it is relaxing. Here’s a two-day travel itinerary packed with the best of the city, from the arts and green spaces to culinary delights and award-winning microbrews.

Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Scenic Drive in Bryce Canyon National Park

From elevations of about 8,000 feet near the visitors center, Bryce Canyon National Park’s scenic drive gradually winds 1,100 feet higher to Rainbow Point. On a clear day, you can enjoy vistas of more than 100 miles from many of the viewpoints. Visitors wishing to see all of the viewpoints should take a walk on the Rim Trail.

Catedral de Puntarenas. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in the Port Town of Puntarenas

Puntarenas has long been favored by Josefinos seeking R&R. This sultry port town is built along a narrow spit running west from the suburb of Cocal and backed to the north by a mangrove estuary; to the south are the Golfo de Nicoya and a beach cluttered with driftwood. Though tiny, there’s plenty to see here from museums to festivals to mingling with the locals.

Catedral Santiago de los Caballeros. Photo © Dreamstime.

Sights in Managua

You can easily visit all of Managua’s main attractions, which are scattered along the Avenida Bolívar, in half a day. Many are ruins and monuments to the disastrous 1972 earthquake that leveled the city, others are simply lovely places to sit and take in the city views. Expert author Elizabeth Perkins is here with a guided tour.

Scuba divers set out from the Águila de Osa Inn at Drake Bay. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Things to Do in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

On the north side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay lies between the mouth of the Río Sierpe and the vastness of Parque Nacional Corcovado. It’s a good base for sportfishing and scuba diving, and for hikes into nearby wildlife refuges and the national park.

Parroquia de San Migel Arcángel in San Miguel de Allende. Photo © Julie Meade.

An Expert Guide to the Top Destinations in Mexico

From beachfront yoga retreats to avant-garde photography exhibitions, international performing-arts festivals to breathtaking wilderness, Mexico is a fascinating place with a seemingly endless variety of experiences to offer. The constant is the warmth of its people and culture—and, of course, its enviable weather—near-perfect year round. If you’re considering a trip to Mexico in 2016, here’s a primer to the country’s most popular destinations right now.