North & Central America

The Best North American Beginner Surf Spots

Cowell's Beach—Santa Cruz, California Surf Report: Waist-high sets that break 200 yards from shore; nippy, 55-degree water (wetsuit required) in...

The Best North American Beginner Surf Spots

New Buffalo—Lake Michigan Surf Report: Nearly 1000 miles from the ocean and an hour east of Chicago, New Buffalo, Michigan, is a one-stoplight town...

Eureka!

THE NAME WAS COINED IN 1510 by the Spanish romance novelist Garcia Ordóñez de Montalvo, with paradise in mind, and bestowed three decades later by his countryman Cortés upon a new...

Rock the Red Rocks

(PLAY) Fresh Tracks: You'll never go wrong on classic Moab mountain-bike rides, like Porcupine Rim and the Slickrock Trail. But for something new, head...

Northern Rockies Nirvana

(PLAY) The Perfect Angle: About 50 miles of burbling Montana riffles roll between Ennis Lake and Quake Lake, on the Madison River, at such a consistent...

Sonoran Multisport

(PLAY) Crux Move: The fabled hideout of the Chiricahua Apache, Cochise Stronghold—a complex of domes and cliffs in the Dragoon Mountains, 80 miles...

On the Water at Otter Bar

Head two hours from the California's Eureka-Arcata Airport on nail-biting, one-lane roads through the Salmon River Gorge, over hundred-foot-high cliff edges and steep mountain passes and you'll...

Race Hawaii's Ironman

COMPLETING AND IRONMAN, with its 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run, is definitely doable for any fit athlete. But completing the Ironman, in Kona, Hawaii—the gold standard of...

Go Big

Love a Dog By Ann PatchettI did not rush into getting a dog of my own. Despite the happy dogs of my youth, I wasn't sure about the commitment. What about those...

Climb El Cap

I FIRST CLIMBED YOSEMITE'S El Capitan with my father, when I was 16, ascending the 35-pitch, 5.9c2-rated Salathé Wall over four days. Since then I've climbed El Cap 25 times. When I'm up...

Go Big

Watch a Kid Do Something Great By Ian FrazierIt doesn't have to be your own kid. It can be a niece or nephew, a younger colleague or neighbor—someone whose...

Kayak the Grand

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PUTTING IN on the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry and emerging from the Grand Canyon at Diamond Creek Road, something will have changed inside you. While 4.5 million people each...

Heli-Ski Alaska

I FIRST SKIED Alaska's Chugach Mountains in 1991, and I was so smitten with the snow that I started a guiding company there in 1994. The combination of wet storms coming off the ocean followed...

Grand Canyon Under Glass

IN JANUARY, ARIZONA’S Hualapai tribe, whose 2,000-person reservation covers 1,500 square miles along the Grand Canyon's south rim, is opening a glass-bottomed, horseshoe-shaped walkway that...

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