United States

Colorado

High-altitude Rocky Mountain National Park, bursting with 74 peaks over 12,000 feet, serves as an adventure training ground for my family. Our ultimate ambition is to summit 14,255-foot Longs...

California

No way! muttered Chelsea as we paddled our sea kayak toward a 20-foot arch on Santa Cruz Island. With waves roiling through the rocky opening—at the base of a massive cliff called The...

California

With its 360-degree views of the Tuolumne backcountry, the 10,940-foot summit of Cathedral Peak is the best place to fully appreciate the majesty of Yosemite National Park. There's the granite...

Maine

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

Crème de la Canada

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

The Ultimate Classroom

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

The Perfect 10

AS EARLY MORNING RAIN kerplunked on the roof of our cabin on Maine's serene Blue Hill Peninsula, I pulled the comforter over my head and prepared to sleep in. My three-year-old daughter, Cady,...

The Perfect 10

MY TWO KIDS STAND at the door, cheeks smudged with red-rock dust, animatedly asking my permission to help out in the horse barn at Red Cliffs Lodge, a 258-acre former cattle ranch about 16 miles...

The Perfect 10

I WATCHED JAKE, my six-year-old son, toss his fly into the water slow and easy. "A natural," I mused. On his next cast, however, he snagged his younger sister's head as she sat behind him in the...

The Perfect 10

BY OUR LAST NIGHT, at Cibolo Creek Ranch, a trio of refurbished forts at the foot of the rugged Chinati Mountains in southwestern Texas's Big Bend country, our seven-year-old daughter, Grace,...

The Perfect 10

THE PRIVATE PLANE SWOOPED LOW, buzzing us like a fighter jet in Top Gun and drowning out the marriage vows. But that's life in Alaska. When you're 120 miles north of Anchorage, 270 miles...

Mountain Meadows Guest Ranch, Montana

I'D JUST PLUNGED MY FORK into a yolky eggs Benedict when Alex, my seven-year-old breakfast companion, posed a question: "Have you ever seen deer guts? They smell baaaad." In any other...

Carolina on My Bow

THE NORTH CAROLINA SHORE peters out into the Atlantic in a lacework of inlets, estuaries, sounds, and tannic rivers. It's a playground for paddlers, with everything from spooky cypress-and-moss...

Do North

The undiscovered wilds of the Yukon and Alaska harbor North America's supersize multisport paradise: pristine rivers to fish and raft, snowcapped peaks to climb or heli-hike, and...

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