The High Sierra multisport hub: More fly-fishing, backcountry skiing, and climbing, at or above tree line, than almost anywhereand a fraction of Tahoe's tourists.
Everyone's a nature photographer, cross-country skier, beachcomber, or berry picker in the Upper Midwest's version of Valhallasurrounded by Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan, and three wildlife preserves.
Crested Butte, Colorado
Steeper lift-served skiing than Telluride, tougher singletrack than Aspen, and a downtown with infinitely more character than Vail. Get there before the megaresorts do.
Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI
Sea kayak and sail sapphire waters, mountain bike and hike jungle trails, dive rainbow-colored reefs. Sixty percent of the island is national park.
Wedged between the Chilkat Mountain Range and the Coast Range, Haines offers hiking, backcountry skiing, rafting, and Glacier Bay sea kayaking.
The funkiest town on Hawaii's greenest isle. Backpack along the 4,000-foot cliffs of the Na Pali Coast; snorkel Hanalei Bay; return to a bungalow in the shadow of Bali Hai.
Key Largo, Florida
Multifarious fish around the federally protected reef quickly lengthen any diver's aquatic life list. Above water, sea kayak the Everglades, day sail among mangroves, burn your coat and tie.
Artists discovered its low-rent beauty. Soon others came to hike the Selkirks, shred Schweitzer ski resort, and land trout and salmon on Lake Pend Oreille. They're all still hereand as mellow as ever.
Steepled churches and old-timey barns, along with prime New England outdoors: glade skiing at Mad River Glen, hiking on the 270-mile Long Trail, and quiet, bikeable back roads.
Wilson, Wyoming Population: 1,300
The benefits of Jacksona 4,000-foot ski area, fly-fishing and rafting on the Snake River, climbing in the Tetonswithout Wild West trinket shops.