Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures. Why I love South America By Regis St Louis, Writer Be mindful of what you're getting into: South America can be a lifetime addiction.
Landscapes and legends draw adventurers to the West, where a good day includes locavore dining, vineyard wine-sipping, cowboy history and outdoor fun. Urban Oases Western cities have distinct personalities. In California there's the hey-bro friendliness of San Diego, the Hollywood flash of Los Angeles and the bohemian cool of San Francisco.
An explosion of color, fringed by beaches and soaked in rum – the Caribbean is a joyous riot of islands beckoning paradise-hunters. Rocked by music, rolled by change, lapped by turquoise waters, blown by hurricanes – the Caribbean is constantly on the move. It’s a lively and intoxicating profusion of people and places spread over 7000 islands (fewer than 10% are inhabited).
From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in Southern California, this Golden State alongside the Pacific is a prize. Natural Beauty Don’t be fooled by its perpetually fresh outlook and gung-ho attitude: California is older than it seems.
Palm-fringed beaches, chili-spiced cuisine; steamy jungles, teeming cities; fiesta fireworks, Frida’s angst: Mexico conjures up diverse, vivid dreams. And the reality lives up to the imagining. Why I Love Mexico By John Noble, Writer I first felt Mexico's pull when reading, as a teenager, the barely credible story of Cortés and the Aztecs.
From towering coast redwoods in foggy Northern California to the perfect sun-kissed surf beaches of Southern California, this slice of Pacific Coast is a knockout beauty. Why I Love Coastal California By Sara Benson, Writer Like almost half of the people who live here, California wasn't where I was born, but it's where I've chosen to make my home.