The Great Pyramids of Giza

Since their logic-defying construction, the Pyramids at Giza have embodied antiquity, mystery—and far-fetched speculation. "From the summit of these monuments," cried Napoleon, "forty centuries look upon you!"  The pyramids are the only wonder of the...

The Pantanal-Off Road & Under Water

The Pantanal hosts the greatest concentration of plants and wildlife in South America. However, recreational fishing and rampant poaching are swiftly decimating the Pantanal's wildlife population, and toxic runoff from agriculture and gold mining...

The Alpine Road and Zugspitze

The German Alpine Road (Deutsche Alpenstrasse) is one of Europe's most ancient and scenic routes, winding along the Bavarian Alps, the spectacularly beautiful natural border between Germany and Austria. For 300 view-filled miles east of...

Penzance and Land’s End-Where England Comes to an End.

The last town before Land's End, Penzance is famous for its pirates and for a climate so mild (courtesy of the Gulf Stream) that palm trees and subtropical plants are commonplace. As a favorite...

Chester-A Walled City and Architectural Feast

In 1779, author James Boswell wrote of Chester: "It pleases me more than any town I ever saw." Important in Roman times (England's largest amphitheater is here), the Middle Ages, and during an 18th-century...

Great Sand Dunes National Park

To encounter the giant, golden sand dunes of southern Colorado is as surprising as it is uplifting. These wind-sculpted hills rise up suddenly, over 700 feet (213 meters) high from the floor of the...

Petrified Forest National Park

The Petrified Forest holds the largest and most beautifully preserved collection of petrified wood ever found. Here, the slow process of fossilization has turned large trees into solid stone. Some 225 million years ago,...

Flores-Island of Flowers

Portugal’s Azores islands are beautiful,tranquil, and sparsely inhabited. Flores,the “Flower Island,” is blessed with shimmering lakes, hills carpeted with greenery,dramatic miradouros (viewpoints) along rocky promontories, and a charmingly bucolic old-world tableau of seaside villages,vintage...

Grenada-The Spice Island

At one time, Grenada produced more nutmeg than any other spot in the world,except for Indonesia. Richly endowed with ideal conditions for growing tropical fruits and spices, the “Isle of Spice,” in the southeastern...

Great Smoky Mountains

The fact invariably stated about Great Smoky is this: It is the nation's busiest park, drawing more than nine million visitors a year, twice the number of any other national park. Most of the...

Everglades National Park

A short parade of visitors follows a ranger on an Everglades nature walk. For more than an hour she has shown them the living wonders around them—butterflies and snails, alligators and fish, and bird...

Cuyanoga Valley

If there is one word that typifies Cuyahoga Valley, it might well be "surprise." To begin, many people are surprised by the simple fact that a national park exists in northeastern Ohio, between the...