The Best Hotels for Stargazing

For all the beauty and adventure of a luxury stay in a remote location, the greatest payoff can come from above. Here are 12 hotels for serious stargazing.

Spectacular Landscapes of the American Southwest

The scenery of the American Southwest is often otherworldly. Listed below are my favorite landscapes from a spring road trip through Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

Beat the Crowds: Zion National Park

Despite the crowds and long lines, there are still ways to escape the crowds and enjoy the beauty of Zion National Park in relative solitude.

Video: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Outside the Phoenix-Scottsdale area are numerous places to hike. The 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of our favorites.

Whale Watching Off the Coast of Southern California

We went on two whale-watching tours: one in the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara, and another, farther south, off Newport Beach.

An Unforgettable Walk in Runyon Canyon

An afternoon hike in Runyon Canyon, a park rising from Hollywood up into the hills, proved exhilarating in the cool air and ultimately "very L.A."

Hiking Los Angeles: 4 Parks to Explore

Los Angeles has a reputation for endless urban sprawl, but in fact it's easy to find scenic hikes within the metro area. Here are four parks we explored.

Pedaling Southern Spain

Over five days, our writer enjoyed an inn-to-inn-style cycling itinerary linking Cordoba and Granada using lightly traveled back roads through Andalusia, Spain.

Your First Bike Tour: Arranging an Inn-to-Inn Itinerary

Bike travel can seem intimidating, but a range of tour styles and options for everyone from novices to experienced cyclists can make for a trip.

Riding ATVs in Namibia

Our writer usually avoids ATV excursions until all other activities have been exhausted, but quad biking in Namibia proved quite fun and memorable.

Members' Choice 2018: Next on Your Bucket List

We asked our well-traveled members which three countries or regions are currently topping their bucket lists. Their answers were as exotic as expected.

Members' Choice 2018: Most Exciting Adventure Activities

For some of our members, a perfect vacation is best achieved by completing an exhilarating outdoor challenge. The following three properties excel at adventure.

The Resort at Paws Up Opens an Island Retreat

The Resort at Paws Up debuts the Island Lodge at Salmon Lake, a center for summer activities that is a 15-minute drive from the main resort.

Kayaking in Costa Rica

Blasting over logs, navigating the surf and ultimately getting tossed overboard — all in a day's adventure kayaking in Costa Rica.

Excursion to Isla Espíritu Santo

The city of La Paz is convenient to one of Baja’s star attractions, Isla Espíritu Santo, where one can snorkel with sea lions.

Adventures in the Baja Desert

It doesn’t take long to escape the overdevelopment of Baja. Drivers took us on two excursions, one into the desert and one to a lush oasis.

Sensational New Zealand Hiking Trails

New Zealand possesses some of the world’s most dramatic long-distance hiking trails, which for many American visitors provide the highlights of their trips.

Antarctic Cruise Adventure

Antarctica is the place of the moment. Cruises sell out a year in advance, and the Andrew Harper Travel Office is deluged with inquiries.

Where to Stay in Iceland: Hotel Rangá

At times, a destination's natural beauty eclipses the lack of luxury offerings available. Iceland is one of those destinations.

Holiday Gift Guide For The Adventure Traveler

Every year around this time we get a flurry of questions about the gifts we are giving for the holidays. With this in mind, here is the first in a series of the

2013 Grand Awards: Jack's Camp, Botswana

An hour by light aircraft southeast of the desert outpost of Maun, the vast Makgadikgadi salt pans cover an area larger than Switzerland. Jack's Camp is located on a low island at the edge of the pans.

Andrew Harper Family Adventure Tour to Costa Rica

The upcoming Andrew Harper Family Adventure Tour to Costa Rica (July 27 - August 4, 2010) promises a host of memorable sights and experiences: witnessing a giant sea turtle lay her eggs on a Caribbean beach, cruising along tidal rivers through a chattering rainforest, ambling through a cloud forest on a high suspension bridge, soaking in volcano-fueled hot springs and relaxing on pristine beaches.