AEOLIAN ISLANDS, SICILY, ITALY
Named for Æolus, god of the winds, the seven Aeolian Islands float off Sicily's northeastern flank. Stromboli is nicknamed “the lighthouse of the Mediterranean” for its regular, easily seen eruptions that spew hot lava into the sizzling sea.
BIG SKY, MONTANA
Moonlight Basin and Big Sky on Montana's Lone Peak were consolidated in 2013 to form the largest ski resort in the U.S., with 5,750 acres of terrain and over 30 lifts. The Big Sky Resort came into being in 1973 as the brainchild of Chet Huntley, the late NBC newscaster and Montana native.
This is the largest sand island on earth, with freshwater lakes, rain forests rooted in sand dunes, and 75 miles of broad coastal beaches—the world's most unusual highway. Join a 4WD tour, or hire a vehicle and follow the jeep tracks over the dunes.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”