North & Central America

These Towns Have Spirits, Yes They Do

If you’ve topped out on talking about a wine’s terroir and session ales, it’s time to tackle the next alcohol trend that’s gaining volume: craft distilling. The desire for authentic, handmade goods drove the craft beer bonanza. Now the same ethic is sparking passions for locally made spirits such as gin, whiskey, rum, and vodka.

The Northern Lightshow

The middle of the night in Galena, Alaska, was icy clear, 30 below, and windy. Getting out of the tent was almost unbearable. We'd given the dogs a massive run earlier in the day in hopes that they...

The Most Scenic Rail Trails in the U.S.

Rail trails are the ultimate in reusing and recycling. Converted from former railroad corridors, these multi-use paths carve gentle grades through cities and the countryside, making them family-friendly routes for hiking and biking. To date, there are more than 1,800 rail trails open nationwide, covering more than 21,000 miles.

Bodysurfing Beneath Pipeline

Five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and I decided to go out and shoot some underwater bodysurfing photos. Lo and behold, the beach in front of our house had crystal-clear water and enough surf...

Pond Skimming is NOT for Sissies

This image was taken during a spring road trip through the Pacific Northwest. We had skis, wetsuits, surfboards and a camper all loaded up and we were on the hunt for anything that looked fun. We...

A Nightscape You Have to See to Believe

I stopped at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, on my way from Ohio to California. Because there are so many images of this famous landmark—most of which are taken at the same angle—I...

Stop Having So Much Fun, Chicago!

The deep-dish pizza may get all the love, but there's plenty to keep you active in the windy city. Here's our guide to the best of it.

Life on the Edge: Portaledge Camping

Like any real estate choice, camping is all about location, location, location. Camping on a portaledge—a deployable, hanging-tent system—gives rock climbers locations worth bragging about: unimpeded views, no noisy neighbors, and everything from egress to big-wall climbs.

Singletrack in Whistler's Backyard

When people think of of mountain biking in Whistler, the first thing that comes to mind more often than not is the Whistler Bike Park. Famous as it is, it tends to cast a shadow over the wide variety...

The Man Who Brought Running to Boulder

In 1970, Boulder, Colorado, was the only town above 5,000 feet in the United States that had a permanent indoor track. That alone was reason enough for Frank Shorter to move there. “I could do...

The 5 Best Bike-Commuting Cities

The good news is that a rapidly growing number of cities across the country are becoming more bike-commuter friendly because of rising gas prices, growing alarm over global warming, and Americans’ desire to stay fit.

Float, Fish, Fly in B.C.

I took this image on a fishing trip near my hometown of Tofino, British Columbia. The journey starts with a float plane ride into a remote lake, where you are dropped off to inflate your raft and...