Mountain goats graze in a lush valley in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park: The Crown of the Continent

Glacier National Park is the undisputed “Crown of the Continent.” Its glaciers acsend steep arêtes where mountain goats walk like acrobats. Acres of lush green parkland plunge down jagged red pinnacles, exposing some of the world’s oldest stones. Waterfalls roar, ice cracks, and rockfall echoes in scenery still under the paintbrush of change.

Beautiful aqua water meets a white sand beach studded with large rocks.

Whale-Watching in Bermuda

Whale-watching has become a spring ritual off Bermuda’s South Shore, the migration route for humpbacks as they travel from the Caribbean to north Atlantic feeding grounds. Between March and April, pods of humpback whales can be spotted even from the shoreline.

A pandanus palm at the Arboretum. Photo © Malcolm Manners, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

On the Wild Side: Bermuda’s Nature Reserves

Bermuda may seem like a manicured garden, but many parishes maintain national parks and nature reserves perfect for travelers interested in seeing Bermuda’s wilder side. Often these parks and reserves are excellent hiking and bird-watching spots as well.

The beautiful and endangered West Indian manatee at a sanctuary in Florida.

Manatee-Watching in Fort Myers

Spend a little time on the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, and chances are you’ll see a West Indian manatee. Here’s where to go to learn more about manatees and hopefully spot one of these wonderful creatures.

Surfboards are lined up in front of a surfshop painted in rastafarian colors.

10 Days in Costa Rica for Hopeful Expats

Ten days will fly by in Costa Rica, especially if you’re looking to move there and trying to catch a glimpse of many different parts of the country. Erin Van Rheenen’s whirlwind sampler of expat hot spots casts a wide net, allowing you to see as much as possible in less than two weeks.

Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

View from a hotel room of Mismaloya Beach, a crescent of white sand dotted with umbrellas.

Puerto Vallarta’s Best Beaches

Looking for the perfect beach in Puerto Vallarta? Justin Henderson suggests great all-purpose beaches with convenient access, fun amenities, and opportunities for everything from snorkeling to kayaking. He also shares the best hidden beaches, the best beaches for wildlife viewing on the Nayarit Coast, and more.