North & Central America

The Weekender

Sign on for a two-day, two-night trip in the Green Mountains with Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm and you'll ride the Ducati of horse breeds by day and snooze in spindle-leg feather beds by night....

The Weekenders

Yosemite is the obvious California climbing choice. But for a change of rock—and an atmosphere that's welcoming for climbers of all ages and abilities—try the Mammoth Lakes area. Clark...

Trail Mix

HUT 1, HUT 2, HUT 3... Civilized shelters in the White Mountains take the pack out of backpacking "I think we're making a big mistake," my husband, an authority on worst...

These Hooves Were Made for Hiking

When I was a Boy Scout dragging big packs up steep trails into California's Sierra Nevada, all that kept me plodding was a mantra: "I hate this, I hate this, I hate this!" If it weren't for...

All Roads Lead to Home Base

At first, an Alaska camping trip sounded out of the question for my family. Too much work, too much gear, too much unfamiliar territory. Not to mention too few showers and not enough good food....

Pick Your Paddle

BEGINNER / CONNECTICUT RIVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE A 12-mile leisurely paddle on the Connecticut River, beneath New England's birches and sugar maples, recalls The Wind in the Willows

Pick Your Paddle

BEGINNER / CHAMA RIVER WILDERNESS, NEW MEXICO Squirreled away in damn-that's-gorgeous country along the 33-mile stretch of the Chama River between El Vado and Abiquiu Reservoirs are...

Pick Your Paddle

BEGINNER / HAMMOCKS BEACH STATE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA With 4,650 square miles of warm, shallow estuaries and sounds protected from the open Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina's shores...

Strand Us Here

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, Hawaii THE BEACH: Poipu Beach Park, on Kauai's south shore—the sunniest side of the island—proffers picnic tables, pavilions, swaying palms, and a...

Strand Us Here

FAR AND AWAY Crescent Beach, Block Island, Rhode Island THE BEACH: Fastidious locals armed with free time and Hefty bags routinely troll for garbage on this two-mile...

Strand Us Here

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada THE BEACH: On the southern end of Lake Huron's South Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach is Baywatch North. The nine-mile-long beach two hours...

Strand Us Here

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia THE BEACH: While the National Seashore has only two "eveloped"beaches with lifeguards, bathrooms, and picnic areas—at...

Delmarvelous

I LIKE EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY as much as the next fellow, but there are only so many bewigged reenactors, herb-garden tours, and chewings of authentic 17th-century cinnamon sticks one can endure...

Park Bagging

NO MATTER YOUR AGE, BOREDOM is not an option on this weeklong trip. The route from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Jackson, Wyoming, begins with giant tortoises and ends with Class III whitewater,...

Blue Byways

I WAS 14 WHEN BY DAD RUMBLED HOME with a Vietnam-era Army ambulance and a plan to take our annual summer road trip to a higher metaphysical level. He converted the rear of the rig into a camper...

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