North & Central America

Hot Rocks

If there's a deal breaker to a climber's summer dream scene, it's rock that's scalding to the touch. Fortunately, Estes Park, Colorado—a town of 6,000 at 7,522 feet in the Rockies&...

Lazy River

It's no secret that Boulder, Colorado, offers the best urban inner-tubing in the States, possibly the universe, as locals cool down and bruise themselves "floating" more than a dozen...

Wheels Up

With enough vertical feet and hundred-mile views to keep your blood pumping for a week, the Telluride-to-Moab mountain-bike route stands handlebars and stem above your usual summer ride....

Rapid Transit

Flush with western Montana's signature sapphire runoff, the upper Middle Fork of the Flathead is the best float trip you've never heard of. Geography is the Flathead's own permit system&...

Ain't It Just Grand

It's a blustery April afternoon on the Colorado River, deep inside Grand Canyon National Park, and from his seat in the stern of a handsome little boat called the Sequoia, Martin Litton has just...

Animal Magnetism

COSTA RICA DOLPHIN DAYS Live your marine-biologist pipe dream as you search for bottlenose, spotted, and spinner dolphins in Drake Bay. This enclave on the Osa Peninsula boasts...

Surf on Turf

SAN FRANCISCO » After a soccer or Frisbee session in the Mission's Dolores Park, check your e-mail and grab a chipotle chicken sandwich across the street on the Dolores Park Café;'s...

Fly Right

Some hardcore fly-anglers may scoff at booking a lodge for any reason other than its trophy waters and veteran guides. But pull off a pair of dank waders after a long day of roll-casting to...

Fly Right

Elk Creek Lodge, Colorado Shank a cast to a feeding cutthroat at remote Elk Creek Lodge and the only ones to notice will be your guide and maybe a few mule deer. Fifteen miles from...

Powder Keg

"THERE WERE PROBABLY 70 or 80 tracks right in here," says 26-year-old Erin Brannigan, diagramming in my notebook the massive avalanche that five days ago killed his best friend, Shane Maixner,...

Heyduke Hike

"WE KNEW IT WASN'T a very politically correct name to put on a desert trail," says Moab, Utah, resident Mike Coronella. "It's not that we advocate vandalism, but some people truly do have...

Hawaii O-Five

Grab your shades, wax your board, and check out our tropical—paradise smackdown, in which we scour the Aloha State's sweetest shorelines, lushest mountains, coolest adventures, choicest...

Wild Thing

SHORTLY AFTER LANDING IN KAUAI—the island air like a balm, the route north flanked by soft beaches, the impossibly green mountains poking through the mist—I can't help but notice all...

Hot Spot

MY FIRST THOUGHT UPON SEEING the torch-bearing shapes of Ka huakai o ka po ("Night Marchers")—ghosts of past Hawaiian warriors—was that they were hallucinations caused by...

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