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.

Taking the train is a New York experience all its own. Photo © Derek Key, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

How to Feel Like a New Yorker in Two Days

Visiting New York City for the weekend? There are a few details that distinguish a New Yorker’s lifestyle from what you find in other cities around the globe. From eating bagels with lox to shopping at indie boutiques, Julie Doherty Meade shares the best ways to experience the city like a local, not a tourist.

Water pools around small smooth stones with the grassy valley and rising mountains in the distance.

Gateways to Yosemite: Places to Stay Outside the Park

If you want a small inn or inexpensive motel for your visit to Yosemite, consider staying outside the park proper and driving in each day. Here are some great accommodations located in towns near both the west and south entrances to the park, as well as restaurants and other useful stops nearby.

A small museum formerly a gas station with the original pumps and a classic 50s car out front.

Gateways to the Grand Canyon: Places to Stay in Canyon Country

Grand Canyon National Park, especially its South Rim, has some of the best accommodations in the entire national park system, but it’s not always possible to get reservations. Using a nearby town as a base for a visit to the canyon can open up excellent deals. These gateways are often interesting in their own right and deserving of some attention from travelers.

Hostel sign

Rio’s Fresh Crop of Hostels

Within the last year or so, a fresh crop of hostels have opened their doors, bringing the total number to 65. By the end of the year, another 10 hostels are slated to be up and running.

View of a multi-story Norman-style palace with a neatly trimmed lawn sloping down towards a reflecting pool.

Day Trip from Rio: Petrópolis

Only an hour’s drive north from Rio, the summer getaway of the Brazilian emperor and his family still provides a welcome refuge. Aside from imperial trappings. Petrópolis offers a cool respite, fine food, and mountain scenery.