United States

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...

Life's Swell

The 1998 article that inspired the Hollywood hit, Blue Crush. To be a surfer girl in Maui is to be the luckiest of creatures. It means you're beautiful and tan and ready to rip. It means...

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

Canada Wet

Cool off north of the border, in the land of boundless rivers, lakes, and pristine wilderness.