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The North Stars

BEST PLACE TO GET OVERWHELMED BY BALD EAGLES [Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve] The swirling confluence of three rivers—the Tsirku, Chilkat, and Klehini—near Haines causes...

The North Stars

BEST KAYAKING ROUTE [Point Adolphus] The paddling is easy and the humpback whales are plentiful on Alaska Discovery Wilderness Adventures' Point Adolphus trip. The three-day, two-night...

Total Immersion

FOUR SNORKELS ABREAST, we flutter-kicked into the steely deep Pacific. A few hundred yards off Hawaii's lava shoreline we had just seen a family of humpback whales and hoped for a closer...

Maui

ON MAUI, IT'S NOT UNCOMMON to see a rusted-out $500 truck with $5,000 worth of windsurfers, kiteboards, surfboards, and mountain bikes bulging off the roof rack. Windsport-happy Europeans and...

Hawaii

TWICE AS LARGE as all the other Hawaiian islands put together, the Big Island requires a strategic plan. Spend part of your vacation based on the sunny Kona or Kohala coasts, splashing and...

Kauai

LESS DEVELOPED than Maui and Oahu and known as the Garden Isle for its abundant rainfall and lush flora, Kauai exudes a mellow vibe. If it's surf you're seeking, go to the north shore in winter...

Oahu

The most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu also offers the most extensive to-do list. Waikiki Beach is nonstop stimulation, while the North Shore's Haleiwa is all about the hammock and...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Little St. George Island, Florida THE PITCH After a long day of paddling, coast to an uninhabited island and toss your tent beneath palm trees on a stretch of...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Wilson Bar, Idaho THE PITCH Buzz the airstrip at least once before your final approach into Wilson Bar, a remote canyon fly-in on the banks of...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada THE PITCH More than a mile above the burning sands of Las Vegas, a lush wilderness of tilted...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness, Tennessee THE PITCH Adjacent to the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, 62 miles north of Chattanooga,...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona THE PITCH In the Southwest, the Grand Canyon tends to hog the spotlight—and, therefore, the crowds. Steer...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario THE PITCH Just over the border from Minnesota is a lake-riddled mecca boasting the kind of numbers that make otherwise calm...

Where the Wild Things Go

DREAM PICK Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Colorado THE PITCH You'll find plenty of choice campsites along the Continental Divide,...

Paddling Chessie

Q: I'm thinking of taking a kayak trip around the Chesapeake Bay. Can you point me to some resources for planning a route, camping areas, maps of the Bay, and any restrictions...

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