North & Central America

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 art deco 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.

Nothing Says Summer Like Surfing

There might be no better vacation than a surfing holiday. Water, sun, waves, and cold beer at the end of the day sound A-OK to us. Luxury hotels are increasingly beginning to feel the same way—and...

Drive Down Oregon's Forgotten Coast

The drive from Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, Oregon has dunes, salmon, and Jurassic Park-worthy greenery—but no crowds. It'll be our little secret.

Rocky Top Road Trip

A Southern Colorado loop where you can rough it in a yurt and throw one back in Durango.

5 National Parks Beyond the 49th Parallel

Want to get off the tourist-beaten track? Then look no farther than our northern neighbor, where a string of five national parks—with shifting ice and steep-walled fjords—peer over North America’s...