Shipwreck Coast – A Most Superior Southeastern Shore

Much of Michigan's Lake Superior shore has wild yet serene beauty— it's a timeless place where you're as likely to see a deer or bear wandering along a sandy beach as you are another...

The Vatican – Michelangelo’s Masterpiece

Whether or not you’re a practicing Catholic, the Vatican—the world’s second-smallest  sovereign  independent  state—is  a must-see when you’re in Rome, if only for its enormous art collection. In truth, it has more  art  than ...

Discover Mondello

Think Palermo and you probably imagine crowded city streets rather than golden beaches. But just twenty minutes' drive from the bustle of the inner city is the seaside town of Mondello. Once a thriving...

Virgin Gorda-Marine Playground

Oh, for the days of the age of exploration, when you could discover a new place and name  it  any  old  thing  that  popped  into your head. In 1493, on his second voyage to the New World, Christopher...

Prenzlauerberg-In Search of a Kiez

Cities are dynamic entities, always evolving, but German Reunification was truly a  shock to the system for long-divided Berlin. What happened in Prenzlauerberg was normal urban evolution, but it was played out at dizzying speed. Built as housing for factory workers in the 1860s, the...

5 Portuguese Wine Regions for Sips and Savings

Portuguese wines offer some of the best value in the world. The country may be small, but its geography – with coast on one side, mountains in the center, and an arid region to...

Volcanoes of the Auvergne

When  you  think  of  France,  you  may  not automatically  think  volcanoes.  Yet  in  one 385,000-hectare  (950,000-acre)  region,  no fewer  than  90  extinct  volcanic  cones—known in French as puys—rise dramatically and  eerily  above  the  pine  forests. Their symmetrical shapes,...

Lake Nakuru National Park

Few words can accurately describe the awe-inspiring vision of a seemingly endless pink blanket of feathers laying at your feet. This is the astonishing beauty that greets you at Lake Nakuru National Park. Designated a...

Costiera Amalfitana

The Costiera Amalfitana, or Amalfi cost, is Italy's  most beautiful stretch of coastline, a mild-weathered enclave of towering cliffs, idyllic villages tumbling colorfully to the sea, precipitous corniche roads, luxuriant gardens, and magnificent vistas...

Marietta – A Charming Riverboat Town

Settlers made a first foothold at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers in 1788, when "Northwest Territory" meant not the remote Canadian arctic but a vast area west of Pennsylvania stretching to...

Nantucket – A Remote World All Its Own

The island's Wampanoag Indian name means "faraway land," and Nantucket seems just that. Its only 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, but the 49-square-mile island floats in its own insular world of...

Cave of a Thousand Buddhas

The Cave of a Thousand Buddhas was the most important repository of ancient Buddhist and Chinese texts to survive.Just inside the Great Wall of China along the ancient Silk Road is one of the most remarkable Chinese...