North & Central America

Falls of Grace

1 ELOWAH FALLS, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, OregonHike a mile through Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar and you'll happen upon one of this...

Red, White, and Beautiful

TETON SPLENDOR Spring Creek Ranch WyomingIf you take your rugged with a dash of comfy, find your haven at Spring Creek Ranch, four miles northwest of...

The Historic Heart of Aspen

In 1889, New York tycoon Jerome Wheeler built a Victorian luxury hotel in a burgeoning silver-mining town situated in a river valley amid glorious mountains. The grandeur might have seemed out...

Spanish Colonial Style by the Sea

This sanctuary on the beach four miles east of downtown Santa Barbara is pure, laid-back Southern California chic. Don't miss the must-do's—loll by the pool with a strawberry daiquiri and...

Classic Adirondacks

Emulate the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and relax in Great Camp style in the Adirondacks. Lake Placid Lodge, situated on the shore of its namesake, on the northern edge of six-million-acre...

Enchanted Canyon

In the 1930s and '40s, the Union Pacific Railroad enticed people to buy tickets by building great lodges in America's western national parks. Nowadays, no one has to be lured to these parks,...

Horseback Riding into the Sunset

Twenty miles south of Santa Fe, where the southern Rockies peter out into desert, the landscape turns iconic. This is Hollywood-western terrain—films like Young Guns and The Hi...

High-Art Experience

Four hundred stainless-steel poles, each about 20 feet tall, spread over a mile-by-kilometer expanse of high desert wouldn't seem to have the makings of a fun-filled getaway. Yet art aficionados...

Whitewater Thrills

In a climate as dry as New Mexico's, it seems slightly sinful to spend a day immersed in cool, flowing water. But as you raft the Rio Grande through the 800-foot-deep canyon known as the Taos...

Eco-Friendly Escape

Morocco is an inferno. At least, that's how it feels from my cushion next to the fire as the masseuse pretzels my legs into "healing" Thai massage positions. When the contortions are over, I...

Splendid Isolation

The rich colors and textures of the canyons and mesas near the village of Abiquiu are nothing short of perfect. This is Georgia O'Keeffe country—the painter first visited in 1917, and more...

Smokin' Road Trip

Highway 4 has a story to tell, a real whopper, and I'm driving through the middle of it—the Valles Caldera, a bowl of grass, forest, and streamlets that's a dozen miles wide and boxed in by...

Secrets of the Ancients

Much of New Mexico's vivid character seems to come in the middle of nowhere, but nothing in the state feels quite as nowhere as Chaco Canyon. Stretching through the San Juan Basin, about 100...

Spins and Spas

I'm crawling up the Chamisa Trail in my mountain bike's lowest gear—the one affectionately called "granny"—though right now I'm wishing I had a great-granny. Maybe it's breakfast from...

Fishing on the Fly

In the parched and wind-abraded sandstone desert northeast of Farmington, the San Juan River is not only wet but surprisingly profuse with aquatic life. Well known to fly-rod-waving diehards but...

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