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Alien Territory

WHEN MY GIRLFRIEND, Marin, and I drove into the ghost town of Mogollon (unofficial pop. 15) last July, we thought we'd be treated to the same tourist show we'd seen all over the West. We also...

Swamp Things

MY BUDDY DON LIVES on a bayou in Mississippi. He fly-fishes all the time. His girlfriend is a Pilates instructor who likes to bake bacon pralines. Don's got the life.To get me some of...

Wash Out

ON THE FIRST OF OCTOBER last year, flights into Burlington, Vermont, were delayed and state employees were sent home from work early due to the rain. It ran down gutters in brown rivers,...

Cohos Trail, New Hampshire

Leave the White Mountains' tourists behind on the 165-mile Cohos Trail, which stretches from the edge of the Whites through the Dartmouth, Pliny, and Pilot ranges to Canada. Stay at the Stark...

Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

The 3,500-acre Curt Gowdy, two hours north of Boulder, Colorado, offers 35 miles of mountain-bike trails that are so well designed (think dirt singletrack and six-foot jumps), the International...

Black Hills, South Dakota

The Black Hills are best known for Mount Rushmore, where a parking garage blocks the roadside view of the presidents' faces. This is a good thing: while tourists jostle for parking, Custer State...

Ocoee River, Tennessee

In summer, the Ocoee River becomes a rowdy party grounds. Join the flotilla on a ten-mile float with Ocoee Rafting that hits more than 40 Class III–IV rapids. Then chow down on brisket at...

Winthrop, Washington

The beauty of the Methow Valley is in the options: rafting, tubing, hiking, bouldering, microbrew swilling—it's all here. Base yourself in the town of Winthrop (pop. 393), at the Chewuch Inn and...

Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Just 40 miles north of Boston, Cape Ann is less trafficked than Cape Cod but no less beautiful, with rocky coastline, sandy beaches, and colonial fishing towns. Rent a sea kayak at the North...

Thompson's Harbor State Park, Michigan

The newly renovated Cedar Haven Cabin in Thompson's Harbor State Park offers beds for six, a gas stove, and access to 7.5 miles of Lake Huron coast and more than 5,000 acres of rugged forest....

Fair Chase

THROUGH THE BINOCULARS I see them: nine tiny men in bright jerseys running in formation across the vast short-grass prairie of eastern New Mexico. They're chasing a tawny...

8. Hit Your Plateau

You've seen the geysers and spotted a bison or two. But have you played in Yellowstone without the 3,640,185 other annual visitors? Between July 1 and August 14, the Park Service awards permits...

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