North & Central America

The Ultimate Classroom

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

The Perfect 10

AS EARLY MORNING RAIN kerplunked on the roof of our cabin on Maine's serene Blue Hill Peninsula, I pulled the comforter over my head and prepared to sleep in. My three-year-old daughter, Cady,...

The Perfect 10

MY TWO KIDS STAND at the door, cheeks smudged with red-rock dust, animatedly asking my permission to help out in the horse barn at Red Cliffs Lodge, a 258-acre former cattle ranch about 16 miles...

The Perfect 10

I WATCHED JAKE, my six-year-old son, toss his fly into the water slow and easy. "A natural," I mused. On his next cast, however, he snagged his younger sister's head as she sat behind him in the...

The Perfect 10

BY OUR LAST NIGHT, at Cibolo Creek Ranch, a trio of refurbished forts at the foot of the rugged Chinati Mountains in southwestern Texas's Big Bend country, our seven-year-old daughter, Grace,...

The Perfect 10

THE PRIVATE PLANE SWOOPED LOW, buzzing us like a fighter jet in Top Gun and drowning out the marriage vows. But that's life in Alaska. When you're 120 miles north of Anchorage, 270 miles...

Mountain Meadows Guest Ranch, Montana

I'D JUST PLUNGED MY FORK into a yolky eggs Benedict when Alex, my seven-year-old breakfast companion, posed a question: "Have you ever seen deer guts? They smell baaaad." In any other...

Carolina on My Bow

THE NORTH CAROLINA SHORE peters out into the Atlantic in a lacework of inlets, estuaries, sounds, and tannic rivers. It's a playground for paddlers, with everything from spooky cypress-and-moss...

Do North

The undiscovered wilds of the Yukon and Alaska harbor North America's supersize multisport paradise: pristine rivers to fish and raft, snowcapped peaks to climb or heli-hike, and...

Dempster Driving

IT'S TRUE YOU CAN'T DRIVE to the ends of the earth, but the Yukon's Dempster Highway will take you as close as you'd ever want to go. Beginning near Dawson City, this lonesome...

Latitude Adjustment

5. PURE WILDERNESS ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE There's no time like the present to raft through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Fly from Arctic Village to the headwaters of...

Latitude Adjustment

9. LUNKER LAND PAYNE RIVER FISHING CAMP, QUEBEC More than 1,000 miles north of Montreal you'll find Ungava Bay, home to some of the fiercest arctic char in Canada. After flying to...

Latitude Adjustment

1. MULTISPORT MADNESS KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA This six-day multisport foray will give you a proper introduction to southwest Alaska's 8,000-square-mile Kenai Peninsula. Start with a...

Latitude Adjustment

3. GIANT MOUNTAIN FUN MCCARTHY, ALASKA McCarthy, a tiny southeastern Alaska hamlet, is at the end of a 60-mile dirt track that has the dubious distinction of being the worst road in...

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