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Best Towns 2010: Reno, Nevada

POPULATION 419,261MEDIAN HOME price $176,300HOMETOWN HERO Jim Litchfield, who established Reno's whitewater park and runs the Reno...

America's Best Adventure Bars

If experience has taught us one thing, it's that sun and adventure make you thirsty. But where to "rehydrate"? We asked our writers, athletes, friends, spouses, and readers—all of whom...

Fishing Montana's South Fork of the Flathead

Think of the South Fork of the Flathead as a little slice of Alaska tucked into Montana's northwestern corner: a spectacularly remote river that happens to offer some of the best, easiest dry-fly...

Rafting Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon

The Grand Canyon is a worthy river trip, though the water is a little cold and turbid. Plus you can't catch any fish. And you'd better like the color of mud. Which is why our pick for the American...

Expedition Cruising

Heli-Fly-Fish PatagoniaOn any given day on this weeklong trip with Orvis Travel, you'll be casting a seven-weight rod in crystal trout streams where you...

River Conservation 101

Restoring Montana's Clark Fork RiverONE HOT DAY last July, a group of us drove to the town of Turah, Montana—two bars, one camp-supply store—and dropped two rafts into the...

Trout Creek Unplugged

"HEMLOCK'S DOWN AND Trout Creek's coming up!"My friend Sam Drevo, a Portland, Oregon–based kayaker, was on the phone. What he meant was "Let's go paddling." The Forest Service had...

Protecting the Hudson River

They pick the big fights: Con Edison, General Electric, Exxon. Riverkeeper, founded by fishermen some 40 years ago, made its name by confronting industrial giants to protect the Hudson River....

Revitalizing the Los Angeles River

TWO YEARS AGO, some friends and I paddled 51 miles of the Los Angeles River, past the back lots of Warner Bros. and Universal studios, past the chemical refineries, and, finally, to within sight...

The Essentials: Surf Road Trip

WHERE TO USE IT: The best surf road trip begins in San Diego and heads north. Start mellow, with the friendly Tourmaline break, in Pacific Beach. Camp on the bluffs at San...

First Encounters

GRIZZLY ADAMS FAMILY"There's a bear!" This simple exclamation triggered the angriest parental outbust of my youth. At least, that's how I remember it. I was seven years old...

Action Father Figure

It's hard to beat correspondent MARK ANDERS in the Fun Dad department. Living on the coast of North Carolina, he religiously surfs and takes his sons—Luke, 7, and Nicholas, 4—on his 16-foot...

Camps That Kick Ass

My parents were reasonably earthy, but I'm convinced my passion for the outdoors came from Manito-wish, a Wisconsin summer camp that, like any real camp, includes a true wilderness trip...

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