North & Central America

Log Castle

Cabins on Cayo Costa Island Florida $30 per night; 941-964-0375 www.floridastateparks.org...

Pack a Fleece for Mexico

Q: Do you know of any great alpine backpacking destinations in Baja?—Cory Whitney, Bar Harbor, MaineAdventure Adviser:A: A four-day...

Falling for Yolo

CURIOSITY AND A PENCHANT FOR apricot bars led me to Yolo County. While driving to Lake Tahoe on countless weekend getaways from the Bay Area, I'd ogled the empty landscape stretching northwest...

The 2004 American Adventure Almanac (cont.)

Raft the Grand Canyon, Arizona The Trip: Spanning up to three weeks and 277 miles, through scores of rapids and 1.7 billion years of geology, rafting the Colorado River...

The 2004 American Adventure Almanac

You don't need a passport to have some of the Western Hemisphere's greatest adventures. Problem is, neither does anyone else. Whether on your own or with a guide, here's expert advice on beating...

Charlottesville, Virginia

Population: 40,000Annual Household Income: $29,800Median Home Price: $160,000Climate: Good thing summer (sticky, sticky, sticky) just lasts three months....

Homer, Alaska

Population: 4,100Annual Household Income: $30,000Median Home Price: $109,000Climate: Cold. Get over it....

Santa Cruz, California

Population: 54,600Annual Household Income: $51,500Median Home Price: $325,000Climate: Every day's a beach--only the thickness of your wetsuit changes....

Portland, Oregon

Population: 510,000Annual Household Income: $31,260Median Home Price: $160,000Climate Perception: constant drizzle.Reality: frequent drizzle....

Franconia, New Hampshire

Population: 900Annual Household Income: $37,600Median Home Price: $131,500Climate: Typical New England, with an extra dose of mountain shade....

Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Population: 2,000Annual Household Income: $42,000Median Home Price: $200,000Climate: Not as hot as the local surfers....

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Population: 114,000Annual Household Income: $40,000Median Home Price: $160,000Climate: Spring and fall more than make up for the extreme seasons....

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