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.

Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu behind it. Photo © Tomas Sobek/123rf.

The Best of Machu Picchu in One Week

This eight-day itinerary starts off in the lush surroundings of the Sacred Valley, moves through cloud forests and the magnificent stonework of Machu Picchu, and finishes in Cusco, the Spanish Renaissance city built atop Inca foundations. Check it out!

Driving through Custer State Park, South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills Travel Planning

Bestowed with great natural beauty, Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills have always been a beloved road trip destination. Pan for gold, visit a vineyard, pet wild burros, or watch a rodeo. Bike, boat, ride a horse, or explore a cave. Hike the highest peak in North America east of the Rockies, or relax in the warm springs of a spa town. It’s all here.

Newport is a well-preserved colonial seaport community.

Where to Go in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is a land of separate communities; you don’t so much vacation in Rhode Island as you do in Providence, Newport, South County, or Block Island, and it’s always a short drive to the next town over.

Snorkeling at Ko Phi Phi along the Andaman Coast.

Where to Go in Phuket & Ko Samui

Phuket and Ko Samui are Thailand’s most popular resort islands. Here’s where to go for endless beaches, luxury resorts, prime diving, cultural immersion, and outdoor adventure.

The view from La Garnacha's mirador. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

The Best of Nicaragua in Two Weeks

Nicaragua has a popular, carved-out tourist route based on its principal, most developed attractions. The beaten path is made up of the Granada-Ometepe-San Juan del Sur circuit, which can be done in about a week. Save another week for volcano-boarding near León, wildlife-viewing in Estelí, and relaxing on remote Big Corn Island. Wherever you head, Granada is a good place to ease into things, with colorful surroundings, wonderful cuisine, and a central location.

Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco. Photo © jejim/123rf.

Spend a Day in San Francisco Like a Local

Dedicate a day to living like a true San Franciscan by jumping on a bike, pedaling through the hippest neighborhoods, shopping for local designs, and—most importantly—eating and drinking your way through the city.