North & Central America

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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...

Blue Diamond

I GET IRRITATED WHEN PEOPLE disrespect Oahu—letting you know, smugly, that when they travel to Hawaii, all they do in Honolulu is catch a flight to one of the "other islands." The rap is...

A-List Island

SO HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL when the valet at the Hotel Hana-Maui (which must be the most understatedly elegant, eco-positive hotel on earth, in a genuine rural paradise) smiles and says, "You...

Ménage à Quatre

Crested Butte, Colorado Why It Beats Cancú;n » There's a reason Crested Butte hosts the national extreme-skiing, -snowboarding, and -teleskiing championships: More than 40...

Ménage à Quatre

Why It Beats Cancú;n » World-class rock climbing (6,000-plus established routes) and bouldering in a secluded 794,000-acre desert playground about 150 miles east of Los Angeles....

Top 10 Hideaways

Chitina, Alaska Ultima Thule Lodge The moment the bush plane brushes the gravel runway at Ultima Thule Lodge, you are officially 100 miles from nowhere. Bounded to the north by...

Top 10 Hideaways

Marion, North Carolina The Cottages at Spring House Farm When Arthur and Zee Anne Campbell and their 13-year-old son, Cailein, restored the historic Albertus Ledbetter House and...

The Perfect 10: Adventure Lodges We Love

BOONVILLE HOTEL Boonville, California Drive two hours north of San Francisco, past Napa and Sonoma, and you'll encounter Boonville, a former logging town in the Anderson Valley founded...

The Perfect 10: Adventure Lodges We Love

BOULDER MOUNTAIN LODGE Boulder, Utah If public lands were appraised like prime real estate, you wouldn't find a swankier address than Boulder Mountain Lodge's. It neighbors the vast 1...

The Gloves Are Off

Ask yourself: What if a Republican named Theodore Roosevelt hadn't helped write conservation into our national character? What if our march to progress and modernity had meant the step-by-step...

Arctic Smackdown

COME MID-FEBRUARY, Congress will launch into a new round of debate over drilling for oil in Alaska’s 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). For environmentalists, who...

Gold Digs

ADVENTURE TRAVEL doesn't have to mean drafty cabins, cold showers, and strange rashes. In fact, these days it can mean relaxation lounges, Egyptian cotton, and Aveda bath products. Those are...

The Future Looks Wild

THE ANTARCTICA On this 19-day February whirlwind tour of the Falkland Islands, the South Orkneys, the South Shetlands, Elephant Island, and South Georgia Island, you'll be hanging with the...

The High Road

Texas Lance and the Texas Hill Country Price: $10,000 Difficulty: Moderate What could be better than a long road ride? Try a long road ride interspersed with...

Struck

THERE WAS A SUDDEN FLASH of light, and then Rod Liberal was falling, his world gone black. He tried to yell, but he was only screaming in his mind. Not yet, it's not my time, he was thinking....

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