Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Snorkeling Charters from Ma‘alaea Bay

If you want to snorkel the amazing underwater world of Molokini Crater, you’ll need to charter a boat from Ma‘alaea Bay. You’ll have plenty of choice in your experience, from low to high-priced trips, snorkeling or snuba, sailing or power catamarans, and excursions that incorporate other good snorkeling sites.

The state and US flag hang in front of rustic Becker Vineyards in the HIll Country.

Best Wineries on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail

Texas Hill Country has rediscovered its viticulture roots. Wineries have cropped up all throughout the state, 27 of which happen to be west of Austin in the beautiful Hill Country. Here are some of the best wineries on the Trail, along with a bit about Texas’s wine history.

The Ko‘olau Mountains in Kailua.

O‘ahu’s Windward Coast B&Bs and Resort Hotel

On the southeast shore you’ll find the only resort in this region, while Kailua boasts an array of bed-and-breakfast accommodations. All are great options for escaping from the Waikiki scene to one of the prettiest white sand beaches on the island.

Bariloche is a pleasant, busy ski resort town in the foothills of the Andes in northern Patagonia.

Volunteer with Spanish in Bariloche, Argentina

Spanish in Bariloche is a language school that works with several different organizations near the busy ski resort town, providing the opportunity to combine formal language lessons with volunteering. Learn about the volunteer work coordinated by the school, the benefits of its programs, along with the practical details and free time activities.

Roadside America is a giant 3/8-to-the-inch scale model of bygone Americana, fleshed out with animated scenes that trace a typical day in the life of the country—circa 1930s.

Roadside America Miniature Village

Built by Reading native Laurence Gieringer, Roadside America is a giant 3/8-to-the-inch scale model of bygone Americana, fleshed out with animated scenes that trace a typical day in the life of the country—circa 1930s, when Roadside America first opened to the public.

If you want to stand in line for a bacon maple bar, the original Voodoo Doughnut is at 22 SW 3rd Avenue.

As Seen in Portlandia

A recent 12-year-old visitor said that he wanted to see two places in Portland: Voodoo Doughnut and the feminist bookstore. Like many others, his view of the Rose City had been shaped by the popular IFC series, Portlandia. Here’s a brief rundown on visiting businesses and parks used as sets in the TV show.

A pair of adirondack chairs on the shore of Lake of Two Rivers in Ontario.

Discover Ontario

Buzzing urban centers with hip nightspots and eclectic shops. Creative chefs, international eateries, and plenty of local food. Historic sites and modern museums. A relaxing getaway with outdoor adventures and activities for the kids. And all at a good value, too? That’s Ontario.

Spirit of the Andes is a not-for-profit organization that supports indigenous women from neighborhoods in El Alto, La Paz, and Cochabamba.

Volunteer with Spirit of the Andes, Bolivia

Spirit of the Andes is a not-for-profit organization that trains indigenous women from marginalized neighborhoods in El Alto, La Paz, and Cochabamba to knit high-quality products from Bolivian alpaca, llama, and cotton yarns.

Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Windsurfing Maui’s North Shore

Windsurfers flock to Maui’s North Shore in winter. Summer windsurfing is reserved for spots such as Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui where wind takes precedent over waves. Here are a few more locations that make for excellent windsurfing, along with area tips and directions.

Choose one of the luaus in Ka‘anapali for your fire twirling fix.

Ka‘anapali Luaus

There’s no shortage of luaus to be found along the Ka‘anapali strip. All feature buffet food for over 100 people, local craft artisans, and some sort of premium seating for an added price, but the atmosphere and food quality varies fairly heavily. Choose which luau is the best experience for you based on these summaries.