North & Central America

Best Towns 2010: Mammoth Lakes, CA

With a world-class ski resort (Mammoth Mountain Ski Area) and the second-largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 (John Muir and others) off the back porch, Mammoth Lakes (pop. 7,392)...

Best Towns 2010: Ashland, Oregon

POPULATION 20,996MEDIAN HOME PRICE $395,000HOMETOWN HERO Hal Koerner, two-time Western States 100 winner, owner of Ashland's Rogue...

Best Towns 2010: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kona (pop. 30,889) might be better known as the site of the Ironman World Championships, but the surfing is so good that it used to be reserved for island royalty. Newbies will find gentler...

Best Towns 2010: Bozeman, Montana

POPULATION 39,282MEDIAN HOME PRICE $259,500HOMETOWN HERO Greg Mortenson, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and founder of...

Restoring Maine's Penobscot River

We're about to find out whether wild fish and clean hydropower can coexist. Maine's lower Penobscot River has been plugged with eight dams since 1910. Now, an unparalleled partnership&#151...

Letting the Lower Snake River Flow

These fish go all the way up to Redfish Lake, at 6,500 feet, 900 miles from the ocean. It's a natural phenomenon with no parallel anywhere in the world. The evidence is quite clear that were we to...

Best Towns 2010: Reno, Nevada

POPULATION 419,261MEDIAN HOME price $176,300HOMETOWN HERO Jim Litchfield, who established Reno's whitewater park and runs the Reno...

America's Best Adventure Bars

If experience has taught us one thing, it's that sun and adventure make you thirsty. But where to "rehydrate"? We asked our writers, athletes, friends, spouses, and readers—all of whom...

Fishing Montana's South Fork of the Flathead

Think of the South Fork of the Flathead as a little slice of Alaska tucked into Montana's northwestern corner: a spectacularly remote river that happens to offer some of the best, easiest dry-fly...

Rafting Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon

The Grand Canyon is a worthy river trip, though the water is a little cold and turbid. Plus you can't catch any fish. And you'd better like the color of mud. Which is why our pick for the American...

Expedition Cruising

Heli-Fly-Fish PatagoniaOn any given day on this weeklong trip with Orvis Travel, you'll be casting a seven-weight rod in crystal trout streams where you...

River Conservation 101

Restoring Montana's Clark Fork RiverONE HOT DAY last July, a group of us drove to the town of Turah, Montana—two bars, one camp-supply store—and dropped two rafts into the...

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