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Paddle Pukaskwa

With sandy beaches and sheltered coves, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, on Lake Superior's southwest shore, is a welcoming place to launch a sea kayak. The opposite side of the lake? Not...

The Wildest Mountain-Bike Race on Earth

A MAN IN A BORAT UNITARD RIDES past me like some sort of gravity-defying, sexually perverted superhero, easily climbing the rocky Northern California incline up which I'm...

America's Best Cities: Cincinnati, Ohio

KEY STATS 2.1 million: Population (metro)$106,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade1 million: Pounds of goetta a German dish consisting of pork,...

America's Best Cities: Portland, Oregon

KEY STATS 2.2 million: Population (metro)$248,000: Median home priceA: Multisport grade2 million: Number of volumes at Powell's, the largest bookstore in...

America's Best Cities: Austin, Texas

KEY STATS 1.6 million: Population (metro)$182,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade92: Number of annual music festivals held in town...

America's Best Cities: Atlanta, Georgia

KEY STATS 5.3 million: Population (metro)$115,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade 0:Net carbon emissions generated by the Corner, a part of...

The Best Small Towns

Salida, Colorado Think of Salida (pop. 5,000) as a ski hub without a resort—the nearest hill is the underrated, overpowdered Monarch Mountain, 20 minutes away. Which...

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