North & Central America

Best Weekend Escape

Vancouver has 250 miles of bike lanes and paths, at least 100 North Shore mountain-bike trails spread across three mountains, and 11 miles of beach.

Best Après-Adventure Bar

Montanya Distillers, which opened a rum distillery and tasting room in Crested Butte in November, has notably upped the standard for ski-town cocktails.

Best New Adventure Hub

When Kiwis want to escape, they head an hour north of Queensland to tiny Lake Wanaka.

Best New Hotel

A lot of great hotels have opened in the past couple of years, but we have a thing for treehouses.

Best Surf Trip

The stunning 1,000-mile coastal drive between Cape Town and Durban offers more consistently uncrowded waves than anywhere else in the world.

Fly-Fish Alaska

With three DeHavilland airplanes and private leases to more than 98,000 acres, fly-fish for trophy king in the morning and deep-sea-fish for halibut in the afternoon

Bike Yellowstone National Park

Tough cyclists willing to haul bear spray, extra water, a repair kit, and emergency gear will love this ride.

Wield an Axe in Ouray

Escape the heat and head to Colorado’s Ouray Ice Park, deep inside the San Juan Mountains, to climb Uncompahgre Gorge’s 40-to-200 foot-tall walls.