One of the easiest places to see humpbacks is Hawaii. They revel in the warm waters around the islands. About 10,000 humpbacks migrate to Hawaii from November to May (with January-March being prime time) to breed and nurture their young.
Rome has been a center of Christian religious life for more than 1,700 years. The religious flocks are joined these days by more and more Catholic pilgrims and tourists, newly energized by the election of Pope Francis.
The Chicago Harbor Light’s backdrop, usually, is the soaring skyscrapers of downtown and the Navy Pier, a tourist-beloved complex of restaurants and shops.
In India, the monsoon saturates the region from June to September, bringing desperately needed nourishment to heat-seared, parched earth.
Riding the subway is cheap (compared to taxis) and fast (compared to aboveground vehicles). It also offers an intimate look — sometimes too intimate at rush hour — at the city’s cultural melting pot.
Scotland’s Strathspey Steam Railway runs 20-mile excursions in old-fashioned trains through the rolling Cairngorm Mountains.
Seattle Times NWTraveler editor Kristin R. Jackson recalls her first time in an airplane: “When I took my first flight as a little kid in the early 1960s, my mother and I dressed up in freshly ironed skirts, freshly pin-curled hair and even gloves.”
The city is a major Hindu pilgrimage center.
Year-round, a posse of street entertainers, their clothes and bodies painted a uniform silver, do mime routines or pose as “living statues” in the piazza.
Eaglecrest has just four double chairlifts. But you won’t have to fight big crowds, and it’s 20 minutes from downtown Juneau.