North & Central America

Kid Everest

[California] LASSEN PEAK TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 10,457 feet. TRAIL: about five miles round-trip. Scaling this snowcapped Sierra Nevada volcano in Lassen Volcanic National Park...

The North Stars

BEST WHALE-WATCHING[Chiswell Islands]The humpbacks and orcas may be the headliners, but boat tours around the Chiswell Islands in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge have an...

The North Stars

BEST REMOTE BEAR VIEWING [Katmai National Park and Preserve] Getting to Katmai National Park and Preserve, located on the Alaska Peninsula west of Kodiak Island, can be a schlep:...

The North Stars

BEST HALIBUT FISHING [Kachemak Bay] There's prime halibut fishing from the deep salt water off Alaska's panhandle in the east to Bristol Bay in the west, but the appeal of chartering a...

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,...

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