North & Central America

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...

Neptune Calling

I would be lying if I told you that the vacations my husband and I take with our two daughters have been a series of far-flung, educational adrenaline fests, mounted in tireless pursuit of the...

Room & Board

SURF DIVA La Jolla, California Surf Diva's home base is the cliff-lined coast of La Jolla, where the instructors, mostly women, have a motto: The best surfer is the...

Follow the Leader

BIKING AND KAYAKING CAPE COD [MASSACHUSETTS] Pedal and paddle inn to inn through the classic summer towns of Chatham, Brewster, and Provincetown—biking on the paved, car-free Cape...

Follow the Leader

PADDLING AND HIKING THE KENAI PENINSULA [ALASKA] Take six days to explore southern Alaska on a new trip—sea kayaking Resurrection Bay among Dall porpoises and orcas, hiking a...

Follow the Leader

BUILDING TRAILS NEAR ASPEN [COLORADO] Take a working vacation, high on 14,092-foot Snowmass Mountain in White River National Forest, in which parents, grandparents, and children team...

The Adventure Adviser

I'm a climber; my daughter isn't. We need a national park that will please us both. — Gerald Dunworth, Montclair, New Jersey Adventure...

Camping the Shoulder Season

Q: I'm looking to camp someplace pretty, not too popular, and mild in temperature around this time of the year. Can you give me any suggestions? — Anne Moore,...

Palms Cliff House

NOTHING LEGITIMIZES LAZINESS quite like a veranda, particularly one with deep wicker chairs on a bluff overlooking the ocean, surrounded by fragrant plumeria. The Palms Cliff House, a Victorian...

Star Power

BIKING THE TOUR DE FRANCE [FRANCE] What's better than watching this year's 100th anniversary of the Tour de France? Riding it, just hours ahead of the peloton. You'll pave...

All-American

THE ALASKAN CLIMBER [ALASKA] Many peaks in the Chugach Mountains of southeast Alaska remain unnamed and unclimbed. Your objectives are the 12,000-foot summits of Mount Valhalla and Mount...

Elevator, Going Up

MOUNTAIN-BIKING THE CELESTIAL MOUNTAINS [KAZAKHSTAN] Just as your quads begin rebelling during this two-week, 300-mile traverse of the Tien Shan—the fabled 21,000-foot mountain range...

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