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.

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.

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.

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.

Sights and Recreation in the Nayarit Coast’s San Blas

San Blas is a small town with a lot to offer, including beaches, wildlife viewing, waterfall hikes, and river tours. Justin Henderson shares the best places to see dozens of Mexico’s endangered species, as well as other fun sights and options for recreation.

Seattle Day Hike: Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River is a fantastic trail close to the Seattle area. Accessible year-round and easy to navigate, this family-friendly hike through lush forest has a little bit of everything.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lost Prospector

This Park City backyard trail is an autumn classic. Traversing right above town, the trail is popular with beginner mountain bikers, and it makes a nice outing for hikers of all types. Mike Matson shares the scoop on where to go, what you’ll see, and more.

The Life and Landscape of Zion National Park

An abundance of wildlife and plants can be found in Zion’s canyons. Learn more about this popular park, from the best time to see the blooming Zion shooting star to how its dramatic sandstone cliffs and “hanging valleys” were formed.