United States

Vacation Homes: Ely, Minnesota

The gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which includes thousands of lakes and more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes. The main drag, East Sheridan Street, is lined with...

Vacation Homes: Big Sky, Montana

No, Big Sky is not the billionaire's Montana. OK, so Ted Turner has a ranch in the area, and two exclusive communities, the Yellowstone Club and Spanish Peaks, are also here. But Big Sky itself...

Vacation Homes: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The Cape has 560 miles of coastline, much of it protected national seashore, and the hundred-plus beaches face the open Atlantic (surfing), windy Nantucket Sound (sailing), and shallow,...

Vacation Homes: Lake Placid Region, New York

The Northeast's best hiking? Check. Sweet road and mountain biking? Check. Alpine and nordic skiing? Check. But you come mostly for the water┬Śnot just Placid itself but 3,000 other lakes, plus...

Vacation Homes: Islamorada, Florida

Not only the best fishing in the Keys, but an honest fishing-and-boating-village aesthetic, with roadside stands that have been pretty much unchanged for decades. You can cast near-shore flats...

Vacation Homes: East Bench of Salt Lake City, Utah

A true metropolitan city with a year-round mountain playground and arguably the best resort powder skiing in the world. But with abundant hedge trimmers and bike-riding paper boys, this isn't...

Vacation Homes: Southwest Colorado

If your favorite gear includes avalanche beacons or fat tires, this is your place. While the four counties of Montezuma, Dolores, La Plata, and San Juan make up a tiny slice of the state, they...

Vacation Homes: South Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

Tahoe offers a rare combination of omnipresent sunshine (three out of four days) and some of the nation's deepest annual snowfalls (40-plus feet). There's also exceptional road and mountain...

Sucker, Punched

"SPAH." Huh?"Spah."I'm talking to Caña, my Dominican trainer, as we stand in the center of the Church Street Boxing Gym, a windowless meat locker two...

Editors' Choice

51. Sledding If you're over the age of ten or from outside the Midwest, we understand your reticence. But you're wrong. Trust us....

Editors' Choice: 39-35

39. Going All In Even when cash is tight, we need to check out from the world every now and then—and spare no expense doing it. At least I do. I'm a great advocate...

Editors' Choice: 34-30

34. Room 99 There's nothing particularly remarkable about the Alta Peruvian Lodge's Room 99. It's a dorm room with six double bunks, a shower down the hall, the air foggy...

Editors' Choice: 29-25

29. Homegrown Hurt As in locally organized, down-home events. Some, like the Dale Ball Buster, a 13-mile trail run that correspondent Katie Arnold puts on here in Santa Fe...

Editors' Choice: 24-20

24. Tofino, Vancouver Island The best surf town in North America is in Canada. Who knew?...

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