North & Central America

Make Yosemite Kid-Friendly

I'd love to haul my kids up the railings to Half Dome, but don't want to risk accidents (or turning them off of hiking forever). How can we have fun while staying safe in Yosemite?

A Fix for Summit-Time Sadness

Summer in the Rockys, particularly at Keystone Resort, might just be better than ski season. For folks who don’t take snow for an answer, Keystone's customizable, wellness-inspired summer offerings...

Surf Mexico's Famous Break and Take One, Too

For an off-the-beaten-path surfing sojourn, it doesn’t get much better than Hotel Escondido, a luxury hideaway in the lively Oaxaca port town of Puerto Escondido. Opened in 2013 by Grupo...

5 Reasons Why We Love Maine

Few things are more iconic than a late summer trip to Maine. Miles of dramatic coast, postcard-perfect lighthouses, and corner lobster stands are just some of the reasons the state has earned the...

Make a Clean Break for Tahoe

There are plenty of inexpensive places to stay on Lake Tahoe—but in many of them, you'd be too afraid to get beneath the sheets. These four clean, inviting lodges are the exception. They manage to...

When Ski Resorts Melt

It’s a sad fact: winter is shrinking. The Rutgers University Global Snow Lab reports that the Northern Hemisphere has lost more than a million square miles of snow since 1970.

Mad Men Meets the Mesas

The Hotel Valley Ho, a 1956 midcentury beauty in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been renovated to perfection, with studio rooms both mod and modern thanks to Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs,...

Super SUP Havens

Stand-up paddling isn't just for oceans anymore. Or Hawaii, Florida, and California, for that matter. In June, Idaho's Payette River Games awarded the largest cash purse on record for SUP racing. Inland SUPing has arrived. Here's where to go for upcoming races—all year long.

The Lakeside Lodge of Your Dreams

With its pine- and cedar-lined shores, rocky islands, and clean blue water, Burntside is the prototypical northwoods lake. And this 101-year-old outfit on the lake's south shore is the prototypical...

Another National Moument. So What—and Why Visit?

I've read about the country's newest national monument, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico. What should I bring when I go there: my mountain bike, hiking boots, or climbing shoes?

The Best Lobster Shacks in Maine

It’s such a culinary contradiction: the great gourmet food of New England is usually served on paper plates and eaten at picnic tables by grownups wearing plastic bibs. Yet there’s no denying that the tastiest lobster served in Maine invariably comes from laid back hole-in-the-wall food shacks that line the state’s magnificent coast. These five are the standouts.

The Top Ten Spots to Hang Ten

There are certain challenges any surfers worth their salt water have to take on. Some are blissfully isolated, others are crowded but iconic, and several lie somewhere in between.