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What are the Best Lobster Shacks on the Maine Coast?

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.

What Are 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...

Where Can I Find the Best Boozy Ice Cream in the U.S.?

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.

What Are the Best Fitness Retreats in America?

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.

Where Are the Best Urban Running Trails?

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.

Where Can I Cool Off Near Austin?

It’s only the beginning of June, and already Austin is sweltering. Here are four places where you can beat the heat.

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...

Where Are the Best Craft Spirits in America?

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.

Tired Dogs Under the Northern Lights

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...

What Are 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.