North & Central America

Fly-Fish Michigan

In Michigan, you're never more than 90 miles from a Great Lake, which is the reason, I suppose, it's nicknamed the Great Lakes State. By those standards, it should also be dubbed the...

Dive Thunder Bay

Lake Superior's notoriously fickle weather, plus a few centuries' worth of shoddy navigation, have turned Thunder Bay into a graveyard for schooners, yachts, and even a Confederate blockade...

Minnesota Multisport

Minnesota may have 10,000 lakes, but it's 1,000 miles from the nearest coast. Luckily, there's Lake Superior's North Shore, an area featuring jagged peaks, short, powerful rivers, and access to...

Sail Georgian Bay

There's a reason yachties flock to Lake Huron's Georgian Bay: It's considered the best cruising water in the world after the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, thanks to 30,000 islands, consistent...

Canoe Algonquin Provincial Park

It would take a lifetime to explore Ontario's Algonquin Provincial ParkĀ—the area, three hours north of Toronto, has 1,500 lakes and nearly two million acres of forest. But since you don't have...

Paddle Pukaskwa

With sandy beaches and sheltered coves, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, on Lake Superior's southwest shore, is a welcoming place to launch a sea kayak. The opposite side of the lake? Not...

The Wildest Mountain-Bike Race on Earth

A MAN IN A BORAT UNITARD RIDES past me like some sort of gravity-defying, sexually perverted superhero, easily climbing the rocky Northern California incline up which I'm...

America's Best Cities: Cincinnati, Ohio

KEY STATS 2.1 million: Population (metro)$106,000: Median home priceB-: Multisport grade1 million: Pounds of goetta a German dish consisting of pork,...

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