North & Central America

The Weekenders

Back in 1883, Blanche Hiestand and her little brother, Orris, wandered into a cemetery on Samuel Stewart's property in Marengo, Indiana, about 40 minutes west of Louisville, Kentucky, slid down...

The Weekenders

Most families plan one big blowout vacation each summer—which still leaves a lot of summer left to enjoy. Our advice: Think weekends. Our seven getaways are active enough to keep older kids...

The Weekenders

While the rest of the South is making a beeline to crowded Great Smoky Mountains National Park, steer your weekend assault vehicle, with bike rack fully loaded, to Big South Fork National River...

The Weekender

Sign on for a two-day, two-night trip in the Green Mountains with Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm and you'll ride the Ducati of horse breeds by day and snooze in spindle-leg feather beds by night....

The Weekenders

Yosemite is the obvious California climbing choice. But for a change of rock—and an atmosphere that's welcoming for climbers of all ages and abilities—try the Mammoth Lakes area. Clark...

Trail Mix

HUT 1, HUT 2, HUT 3... Civilized shelters in the White Mountains take the pack out of backpacking "I think we're making a big mistake," my husband, an authority on worst...

These Hooves Were Made for Hiking

When I was a Boy Scout dragging big packs up steep trails into California's Sierra Nevada, all that kept me plodding was a mantra: "I hate this, I hate this, I hate this!" If it weren't for...

All Roads Lead to Home Base

At first, an Alaska camping trip sounded out of the question for my family. Too much work, too much gear, too much unfamiliar territory. Not to mention too few showers and not enough good food....

Pick Your Paddle

BEGINNER / CONNECTICUT RIVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE A 12-mile leisurely paddle on the Connecticut River, beneath New England's birches and sugar maples, recalls The Wind in the Willows

Pick Your Paddle

BEGINNER / CHAMA RIVER WILDERNESS, NEW MEXICO Squirreled away in damn-that's-gorgeous country along the 33-mile stretch of the Chama River between El Vado and Abiquiu Reservoirs are...

Pick Your Paddle

BEGINNER / HAMMOCKS BEACH STATE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA With 4,650 square miles of warm, shallow estuaries and sounds protected from the open Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina's shores...

Strand Us Here

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai, Hawaii THE BEACH: Poipu Beach Park, on Kauai's south shore—the sunniest side of the island—proffers picnic tables, pavilions, swaying palms, and a...

Strand Us Here

FAR AND AWAY Crescent Beach, Block Island, Rhode Island THE BEACH: Fastidious locals armed with free time and Hefty bags routinely troll for garbage on this two-mile...

Strand Us Here

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada THE BEACH: On the southern end of Lake Huron's South Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach is Baywatch North. The nine-mile-long beach two hours...

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