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The Best Lobster Shacks in Maine

It’s such a culinary contradiction: the great gourmet food of New England is usually served on paper plates and eaten at picnic tables by grownups wearing plastic bibs. Yet there’s no denying that the tastiest lobster served in Maine invariably comes from laid back hole-in-the-wall food shacks that line the state’s magnificent coast. These five are the standouts.

The Top Ten Spots to Hang Ten

There are certain challenges any surfers worth their salt water have to take on. Some are blissfully isolated, others are crowded but iconic, and several lie somewhere in between.

Rocky Top Road Trip

A Southern Colorado loop where you can rough it in a yurt and throw one back in Durango.

The Best National Parks Without Waiting Lines

Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite—and for good reason. These national parks are American treasures. But their red ravines, spewing geysers and endless valleys attract countless visitors, especially come summer. If you want a dose of natural beauty sans crazy crowds, you might want to plan a trip to one of these beautiful but somewhat lesser known national parks.

Sunset Barrels on Oahu's North Shore

Pipeline is the proving ground for the world's best surfers. On any given winter day—the best time for big waves—you can watch them catch the rides of their lives from a mere 100 feet away. Shooting...

The Best Booze-Infused Ice Cream in America

What’s better than ice cream? It’s not a purely rhetorical question. The answer? Grown-up ice cream, spiked with wine, beer, and spirits. As the summer heat cranks to high, head to one of these regional ice cream spots for a shot of cool, creamy delight.

How to Save Our National Parks

National parks are America's greatest recreational asset. Now an overdue movement will make them even better.

Drop and Give Me 20! Now Go Hit the Eucalyptus Spa

It used to be that people would go on vacation to relax, drink cocktails from coconut shells, and sit by the beach with a trashy paperback. But more and more now, people are shelling out big bucks to travel to posh resorts and get their butts kicked exercising every day.

10 Ultimate Urban Runs

Pounding out miles on stoplight-strewn streets and past convenience stores quickly loses its luster. Whether you’re commuting or training, here are ten urban trails in the U.S. that offer scenic views and traffic-free paths to keep your run enjoyable.

The Insanely Subtle Beauty of Bristol Bay

The beauty of set net-fishing is that the work is simple, hands on. There are no hydraulics or fancy electronics. We set out in small skiffs manned by two or three people and pull nets by hand. We...

These Towns Have Spirits, Yes They Do

If you’ve topped out on talking about a wine’s terroir and session ales, it’s time to tackle the next alcohol trend that’s gaining volume: craft distilling. The desire for authentic, handmade goods drove the craft beer bonanza. Now the same ethic is sparking passions for locally made spirits such as gin, whiskey, rum, and vodka.

The Northern Lightshow

The middle of the night in Galena, Alaska, was icy clear, 30 below, and windy. Getting out of the tent was almost unbearable. We'd given the dogs a massive run earlier in the day in hopes that they...

The Most Scenic Rail Trails in the U.S.

Rail trails are the ultimate in reusing and recycling. Converted from former railroad corridors, these multi-use paths carve gentle grades through cities and the countryside, making them family-friendly routes for hiking and biking. To date, there are more than 1,800 rail trails open nationwide, covering more than 21,000 miles.

Bodysurfing Beneath Pipeline

Five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and I decided to go out and shoot some underwater bodysurfing photos. Lo and behold, the beach in front of our house had crystal-clear water and enough surf...