ACE is the Place
A prime-season meander down South Carolina's Ashepoo Combahee and Edisto Rivers
Upshot: Quintessential Northwest
And the Survey Says. . .
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Upshot: Old South Meets New Urbanism
Upshot: Sweet Isolation on the North Coast
Win Lottery, Move Here
Towns with the most beautiful scenery and most enviable outdoor recreation are also often the ones with astronomical real-estate pricesor few jobs. If you can ply your trade anywhere or don't need to make a living, go ahead and move to paradise; we're not bitter. Just keep the guest house warm.
UPSHOT: Coastal Camelot
UPSHOT: Appalachia gone wired
UPSHOT: New England's Little Cosmopolis
Santa Barbara, California
UPSHOT: The quasi-Mediterranean good life
UPSHOT: Upper Midwest, with no apologies
UPSHOT: Montana's enlightened cow town
Between a Rock and Wet Place
Exploring remote canyons is dangerous fun, but expert advice will get you through it alive. Marc Peruzzi learns the ropes, deep in the Arizona backcountry.