North & Central America

Waiting for Someone to Call

Men in hoodies splashed through knee-deep water in galoshes, shouting, trying to start a chainsaw. They worked at DeGarmo’s Boat Yard in Babylon, New York, on the south shore of Long...

Trouble on Coney Island

Yesterday on Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, neon indicated that the pizza and wine shops were open, couples ordered Thai food and teenagers walked around, heads down, texting furiously. Save for...

Letter From Nyack

On Sunday the voices on the radio all said variations of the same thing: Go where you want to stay for the next few days. Hurricane Sandy was approaching, and it was time to put in the...

The 10 Best Bike Cities in North America

When you look across the pond at places like the Netherlands and Copenhagen, you realize that urban cycling in North America is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, several American and Canadian...

Escape From New York

BE DEDICATED: “When it’s climbing season, most weekends I go up to New Paltz or Brewster, in Westchester,” Sacaridiz says. “I’ll...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Gauley River, West Virginia

Anyone who’s spent a lot of time on rivers will have a Gauley story. The Gauley, which runs for six weekends in the fall, is the biggest, gnarliest, and arguably most fun river on the East...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Dead River, Maine

The 15-mile whitewater run from Spencer Stream to the Forks, where the Dead River runs into the Kennebec, is the most continuous stretch of whitewater in New England. The rapids start right...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Green River, Utah

The desert rivers of the Southwest are at their nicest in the fall. Unlike the spring, flows are mellow, and between the summer and winter the brutal Utah temperature gradient evens out. The...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Gore Canyon, Colorado

Gore Canyon is one of the most technical commercially run stretches of river in the country, and it has teeth. You don't want to swim here: the riverbanks, made of rock chunks blasted out of the...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Upper Youghiogheny, Maryland

The Yough is less of a river than it is a creek. The 10-mile stretch of whitewater is narrow and rocky, and drops anywhere between 50 and 140 feet per minute. Youghiogheny is an Algonquin word...

The Best Fall Whitewater: Ocoee River, Tennessee

The Ocoee was the first natural river used in an Olympic slalom event, and course designers dredged the river and made the channel narrower to engineer the perfect flow for the competition. The...

The Best Fall Whitewater: American River, California

The American is one of the most diverse rivers in the country. The three forks of this California waterway offer up options for every kind of river running, from quiet Class I floats on the...

Sun Valley Style: Taite Pearson

Taite Pearson has worked for some of the most famous chefs in the world, from Chicago’s Charlie Trotter to France’s Joël Robuchon. But the 37...

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