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Summer’s Last Stand

Crackling campfires, Technicolor leaves, colossal orange moons, and the heady essence of pine give Labor Day in the north woods its dramatic sensory appeal. On the practical side, crowds are...

Dyno Might

Over four days this past May, 26-year-old Estes Park, Colorado–based climber Tommy Caldwell completed what is arguably the greatest big-wall climb in history. Using only his hands and feet,...

Tribe of Pain

FIVE A.M. on Mount Washington, near Gorham, New Hampshire. The sun has yet to rise, but hundreds of gear-stuffed cars with out-of-state license plates cram a makeshift parking lot at the...

Come On in My Kitchen

THE PALMS CLIFF HOUSE INN, BIG ISLAND, HAWAII What's Cooking: Ask to tour family farms, including a vanilla plantation, then learn how to make Pacific Rim dishes, like ginger...

100-Proof Americana

Seeking an underpopulated—and undiscovered—slice of paradise? Drop in to any of our 20 adventure towns, from burly Haines, Alaska, to serene Cedar Key, Florida, where you'll find cush,...

The Lip Comes Down

WITH A SINGLE POWERFUL STROKE, 33-year-old Matt Larson launches himself into one of the most violent waves on earth. Lying prone in the water, his right arm at his side, the unofficial reigning...

Find Your Flow

SOUTH NAHANNI RIVER »NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA HOW LONG: 21 days, 300 miles WHEN TO GO: June to August AFTER SLIDING YOUR CANOE over the...

Find Your Flow

MIDDLE FORK OF THE SALMON RIVER »IDAHO HOW LONG: Six days, 100 miles WHEN TO GO: June to September YOU COULD RUN the Middle Fork of the...

Find Your Flow

CHATTOOGA RIVER »GEORGIA HOW LONG: Section III, one day, 13 miles; Section IV, one day, seven miles WHEN TO GO: March to October WHEN...

Find Your Flow

NORTH FORK OF THE FLAMBEAU RIVER »WISCONSIN HOW LONG: Five days, 45 miles WHEN TO GO: May to September RAPIDS REQUIRE both flow and...

Find Your Flow

TALKEETNA RIVER »ALASKA HOW LONG: Four days, 90 miles WHEN TO GO: July to September EVEN BEFORE YOU get to the put-in at Murder Lake,...

Peak Season

PSSST. What's the biggest open secret of mountain towns? Summer. "I came for the winter and stayed" is the locals' mantra, from Crested Butte, Colorado, to Stowe, Vermont. Once the snow melts,...

Big Bend National Park

Acres: 801,000 Contact: 432-477-2251 NATIONAL PARKS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES usually don’t mix—bikes are illegal on most park trails, and designated bike paths are often a...

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