Many of the world’s greatest destinations are close to home.
Puerto Vallarta is full of Old World charm, set against a background of lush tropical vegetation and the Sierra Madre Mountains. Stroll along the Malecón lined with outdoor sculptures, cafés, and nightclubs. Explore the lush tropical jungle, a refuge for hundreds of species of birds and orchids. Out on the water, see humpback whales breaching and dolphins playing, or go deep-sea fishing.
Revel in the beautiful Bay of Banderas via a snorkel cruise, jet ski, parasail, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or water skis. Puerto Vallarta is a hive of activity with great dining, entertainment, shopping, world class golf and tennis, beautiful beaches, as well as activities and excursions galore!
The twenty-mile seacoast corridor known as Los Cabos (the Capes) is situated at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. At the southernmost tip of the peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is abuzz 24/7 with shops, restaurants, nightclubs, a marina, and mariachis. Take a boat ride to the rock formation known as El Arco—it marks the spot where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortés.
Los Cabos boasts five championship golf courses and it’s a popular destination for sport fishing due to deep-water canyons at the mouth of Cabo San Lucas Harbor and the Sea of Cortés waters. However you define getting away from it all—rock climbing, snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, or soaking up local culture—Los Cabos is ready with a world of possibilities.
On the eastern side of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the area known as the Mayan Riviera. Cancun is here, and just south is trendy Playa del Carmen, with its famed Fifth Avenue shopping promenade. Take the ferry to Cozumel, for old world Mexican charm and access to the Palancar Reef, the second largest reef system in the world.
Deep-sea fishing is spectacular in these turquoise waters and water sports include windsurfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkeling, sailing, and water-skiing. Visit Mayan ruins nestled in the jungle at Coba or overlooking the Caribbean at Tulum, and explore the eco-theme parks at Xel-Ha and Xcaret. Plan a day trip to Chichen Itza, a sacred site of the ancient Mayans.
Fall in love with this charming Southern city, where art, period architecture, trendy boutiques, and ghost stories are all set under a veil of Spanish moss. Established in 1733 as Georgia’s first city, the coastal town of Savannah is known for its antebellum architecture, centuries-old oak trees, and its authentic Southern cuisine.
Stroll along the cobblestone streets or explore by bicycle. Hop a trolley or settle into a horse-drawn carriage to experience the neighborhoods and riverfront. History buffs will enjoy exploring Old Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski National Monument, and Bonaventure Cemetery. Tee off on the first golf course in America, charter a fishing boat, or paddle a canoe or kayak out to the salt marshes, barrier islands, and swamps.
St. Augustine was founded 42 years before the English colony at Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock—making it the oldest permanent European settlement on the continent. In the Colonial Quarter, wander through re-creations of 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century settings, including the homes of soldiers, a blacksmith shop, and a print shop that published the colony’s newspaper.
The imposing 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos was constructed entirely of local coquina, a sedimentary rock composed of fragments of mollusk shells. This fortification and the original city gates are reminders of the Spanish Empire that once ruled these 500-year-old cobblestone streets. Balance your exploration with an escape to the beach to catch some rays and search for sharks’ teeth.
For centuries, sailing ships in the Florida Straits fell victim to treacherous reefs and hurricanes. Since 1893, Key West has seen the boom and bust of shipwreck salvage, cigar, sponge, and shrimp industries. Today Key West is filled with their legacies, and those of the writers and artists who have called Key West home.
Gulf and Atlantic waters are uncanny shades of blue and green—inviting you to snorkel and sail. Hop on and off the Old Town Trolley to visit hotspots along famous Duval Street, as well as Ernest Hemingway's Home & Museum, President Truman's Little White House, the Shipwreck Museum, and more. Deep-sea fishing for sailfish, snook, tarpon, or snapper is thrilling and a fitting homage to Papa Hemingway.
In San Antonio, Latino, Western, and European cultures mingle to form a city unlike any other. Experience Spanish colonial history at the city’s World Heritage Site encompassing five 18th-century missions and the Alamo, where, in 1836, 189 defenders of Texas independence held the mission against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13 days.
For many, San Antonio is synonymous with the River Walk. These cobble and flagstone paths border the San Antonio River, as it winds through downtown—quiet and park-like in some stretches, while other areas are full of activity with sidewalk cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and nightclubs.
Montréal & Québec City
An ambiance of warmth and charm make Montréal unique. The Old City (Le Vieux-Montréal) is the site of the original colony, with historic homes, museums, churches, restaurants, and cobblestone streets. Look beyond the Old City to the modern Casino de Montréal, as well as fabulous shopping and dining. When the sun goes down, experience Montréal’s vibrant cabarets, bars, and nightclubs.
Québec City’s well-preserved old town, Vieux-Québec, is steeped in four centuries of history. The city’s defensive ramparts, as well as many 17th and 18th century buildings, have been lovingly preserved. Explore the Citadel fortress in Upper Town and the Naval Museum of Québec in Lower Town. Ride the funicular down to the Petit Champlain Quarter and browse the antique shops, boutiques, and markets in the Place Royale.
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Located in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park is a vast untamed territory, where eagles soar over snow-capped peaks and pure water flows into rivers from 1,000 glaciers. At the heart of the park is the charming town of Banff. Take an easy stroll through an alpine meadow or test your limits climbing to the roof of the Rocky Mountains. Backpack across rock ridges formed by undersea oceans over 45 million years ago, or tee-off at a five-star golf course. Lake Louise has become symbolic of the quintessential Canadian mountain scene. Known for its sparkling blue waters, the lake offers a surreal paddling experience in the summer months, and one of the most scenic skating rinks in the world in winter.
Sedona & The Grand Canyon
Arriving in Sedona for the first time, you understand why so many travelers fall in love with this place. Crimson pinnacles tower over the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the sunlight. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, you have access to trails for hiking and biking, bouncy jeep tracks, and forests bristling with spires, buttes, and domes, yet you're never far from town. The Grand Canyon was carved over millennia out of the Colorado Plateau. The views are awe-inspiring and the vast space casts an unearthly quiet over all. You may just catch the roar of the rapids far below.
Jackson Hole & Yellowstone N.P.
Jackson Hole is the commonly used name for a valley that lies between two mountain ranges, the Tetons and the Gros Ventres. The town of Jackson is a piece of the Old West, where cowboys stroll the boardwalks, and bars serve the best steak and game in the world. Jackson is the gateway to both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The area offer fly-fishing, river rafting, wildlife viewing, and hiking. Yellowstone boasts two million acres of geologic wonders and protected bison, elk, bear, moose, and eagles. The star of Yellowstone is still Old Faithful, a geyser that puts on a spectacular show every 60 to 110 minutes.
Vancouver & Whistler
Vancouver has been called "New York's cool sibling." The city's diverse neighborhoods are best explored on foot. Take a guided foodie tour, or simply drift from boutique to brew pub - from one neighborhood to the next. Embark on a whale-watching cruise, stroll the waterfront at Stanley Park and shop First Nations and other B.C. arts and crafts on Granville Island.
Whistler is a two-hour drive from Vancouver, but another world entirely. A one-of-a-kind, glass-bottom gondola system links Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, soaring a mile above glacial Fitzsimmons Creek. World renowned spa treatments, the Rocky Mountaineer Train, zip-lining, golf, white-water rafting, ATV tours, horseback riding, jet boating, and summer bobsleigh tours are all available.