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Animal Magnetism

COSTA RICA DOLPHIN DAYS Live your marine-biologist pipe dream as you search for bottlenose, spotted, and spinner dolphins in Drake Bay. This enclave on the Osa Peninsula boasts...

Surf on Turf

SAN FRANCISCO » After a soccer or Frisbee session in the Mission's Dolores Park, check your e-mail and grab a chipotle chicken sandwich across the street on the Dolores Park Café;'s...

Fly Right

Some hardcore fly-anglers may scoff at booking a lodge for any reason other than its trophy waters and veteran guides. But pull off a pair of dank waders after a long day of roll-casting to...

Fly Right

Elk Creek Lodge, Colorado Shank a cast to a feeding cutthroat at remote Elk Creek Lodge and the only ones to notice will be your guide and maybe a few mule deer. Fifteen miles from...

Powder Keg

"THERE WERE PROBABLY 70 or 80 tracks right in here," says 26-year-old Erin Brannigan, diagramming in my notebook the massive avalanche that five days ago killed his best friend, Shane Maixner,...

Heyduke Hike

"WE KNEW IT WASN'T a very politically correct name to put on a desert trail," says Moab, Utah, resident Mike Coronella. "It's not that we advocate vandalism, but some people truly do have...

Hawaii O-Five

Grab your shades, wax your board, and check out our tropical—paradise smackdown, in which we scour the Aloha State's sweetest shorelines, lushest mountains, coolest adventures, choicest...

Wild Thing

SHORTLY AFTER LANDING IN KAUAI—the island air like a balm, the route north flanked by soft beaches, the impossibly green mountains poking through the mist—I can't help but notice all...

Hot Spot

MY FIRST THOUGHT UPON SEEING the torch-bearing shapes of Ka huakai o ka po ("Night Marchers")—ghosts of past Hawaiian warriors—was that they were hallucinations caused by...

Blue Diamond

I GET IRRITATED WHEN PEOPLE disrespect Oahu—letting you know, smugly, that when they travel to Hawaii, all they do in Honolulu is catch a flight to one of the "other islands." The rap is...

A-List Island

SO HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL when the valet at the Hotel Hana-Maui (which must be the most understatedly elegant, eco-positive hotel on earth, in a genuine rural paradise) smiles and says, "You...

Ménage à Quatre

Crested Butte, Colorado Why It Beats Cancú;n » There's a reason Crested Butte hosts the national extreme-skiing, -snowboarding, and -teleskiing championships: More than 40...

Ménage à Quatre

Why It Beats Cancú;n » World-class rock climbing (6,000-plus established routes) and bouldering in a secluded 794,000-acre desert playground about 150 miles east of Los Angeles....

Top 10 Hideaways

Chitina, Alaska Ultima Thule Lodge The moment the bush plane brushes the gravel runway at Ultima Thule Lodge, you are officially 100 miles from nowhere. Bounded to the north by...

Top 10 Hideaways

Marion, North Carolina The Cottages at Spring House Farm When Arthur and Zee Anne Campbell and their 13-year-old son, Cailein, restored the historic Albertus Ledbetter House and...

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