North & Central America

What Are the Best Fitness Retreats in America?

It used to be that people would go on vacation to relax, drink cocktails from coconut shells, and sit by the beach with a trashy paperback. But more and more now, people are shelling out big bucks to travel to posh resorts and get their butts kicked exercising every day.

Where Are the Best Urban Running Trails?

Pounding out miles on stoplight-strewn streets and past convenience stores quickly loses its luster. Whether you’re commuting or training, here are ten urban trails in the U.S. that offer scenic views and traffic-free paths to keep your run enjoyable.

The Insanely Subtle Beauty of Bristol Bay

The beauty of set net-fishing is that the work is simple, hands on. There are no hydraulics or fancy electronics. We set out in small skiffs manned by two or three people and pull nets by hand. We...

Where Can I Cool Off Near Austin?

It’s only the beginning of June, and already Austin is sweltering. Here are four places where you can beat the heat.

Where Are the Best Craft Spirits in America?

If you’ve topped out on talking about a wine’s terroir and session ales, it’s time to tackle the next alcohol trend that’s gaining volume: craft distilling. The desire for authentic, handmade goods drove the craft beer bonanza. Now the same ethic is sparking passions for locally made spirits such as gin, whiskey, rum, and vodka.

Tired Dogs Under the Northern Lights

The middle of the night in Galena, Alaska, was icy clear, 30 below, and windy. Getting out of the tent was almost unbearable. We'd given the dogs a massive run earlier in the day in hopes that they...

What Are the Most Scenic Rail Trails in the U.S.?

Rail trails are the ultimate in reusing and recycling. Converted from former railroad corridors, these multi-use paths carve gentle grades through cities and the countryside, making them family-friendly routes for hiking and biking. To date, there are more than 1,800 rail trails open nationwide, covering more than 21,000 miles.

Boring Days on Oahu's North Shore

Five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and I decided to go out and shoot some underwater bodysurfing photos. Lo and behold, the beach in front of our house had crystal-clear water and enough surf...

Ski Skimming in the North Cascades

This image was taken during a spring road trip through the Pacific Northwest. We had skis, wetsuits, surfboards and a camper all loaded up and we were on the hunt for anything that looked fun. We...

What Are the Best Beaches in Florida?

If you’re looking for the seclusion of a private beach with the affordability of a state park, but want to do more than kick off your flip-flops and sunbathe, these are the five Florida beaches for you.

Night Sky Over Delicate Arch

I stopped at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, on my way from Ohio to California. Because there are so many images of this famous landmark—most of which are taken at the same angle—I...

The Active Cities Guide to Chicago

The deep-dish pizza may get all the love, but there's plenty to keep you active in the windy city. Here's our guide to the best of it.

Where Are the Best Places for Portaledge Camping?

Like any real estate choice, camping is all about location, location, location. Camping on a portaledge—a deployable, hanging-tent system—gives rock climbers locations worth bragging about: unimpeded views, no noisy neighbors, and everything from egress to big-wall climbs.

Whistler's Backyard Mountain Biking

When people think of of mountain biking in Whistler, the first thing that comes to mind more often than not is the Whistler Bike Park. Famous as it is, it tends to cast a shadow over the wide variety...