Often awarded the world's best island by International Travel Magazine, Bali, located in the southeast Asian country of Indonesia, offers year-round sunshine for outdoor activities on white-sand beaches, refreshing lakes and jungle-covered mountains.
The Indonesian government requires a visa, which is easy to get at international airports and an American passport that is valid at least six months beyond the dates of travel.
The main airport at Denpasar, the island capital, offers connections through Singapore, Hong Kong and Perth, Australia.
Temperatures generally range from 78 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. The best times to visit are during the dry season from May through September, when humidity is also low.
Suluban Beach is typical of many beaches, offering spectacular views and great surfing. For more developed resorts with bars, restaurants and discos, try the white sands of Kuta.
To explore an active volcano, try Mount Batur, which features several tourist facilities. For something more isolated, try Mount Catur, where you'll need to bring your own food and water.