United States

Boston

A MAZE OF one-way streets and the interminable Big Dig, a 14-year tunnel project, have turned Boston into the hectic city you love. But sometimes you gotta have elbow room; here's where to find it,...

Los Angeles

IN THIS PARKLAND-POOR metropolis, it's easy to forget that escape is only a freeway away. The green Santa Monica Mountains to the northwest roll into khaki beaches. Eastward lie the San...

Chicago

MAN-MADE PINNACLES crowd the lakefront skyline, but every so often Second City inhabitants need to see nature's peaks. And if too many late-night dogs at Wiener's Circle have left your body...

Denver

THE SIGHT OF the Rockies gleaming behind downtown Denver's skyline is inexorably pulling you westward. We say don't resist.

San Francisco

IF YOU'VE HAD your fill of lingering summer fog, yoga-mat gridlock, and a whole lotta dazed and confused former dotcommers, now's the time to leave your heart in San Francisco but take the rest of...

The Outside Article That Inspired "Blue Crush"

The Maui surfer girls love each other's hair. It is awesome hair, long and bleached by the sun, and it falls over their shoulders straight, like water, or in squiggles, like seaweed, or in waves.

This Land Is Your Land

Deep in the redwood hills near Mendocino lies the Big River Estuary, a secret cache that will soon belong to bears, bobcats, otters, and you.

California's Secret Stash

The Big River's been saved—and just in time. Here's how to enjoy the northern coast's newest playground and its spectacular environs.

Adventure's Gold Coast

Kayaking, biking, hiking and gawking along the wild west's farthest shores