North & Central America

Sandpoint, Idaho

IT'S EASY TO GET SEDUCED by Sandpoint: You cross the two-mile bridge over Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-der-AY) and drink in the spectacular Selkirks mountainscape looming over...

Mountain View, Arkansas

"WHEN YOU FIRST PULL into town," says a woman who moved to Mountain View 20 years ago, "you just feel like you came back home." Might be the human-scale topography of north-central Arkansas...

Silver City, New Mexico

THERE ARE PLENTY OF 19th-century ghost towns in the untamed mountains and canyons of southwestern New Mexico, but Silver City isn't one of them. It's still thriving. Billy the Kid launched his...

Cedar Key, Florida

"AN IDEAL PLACE," a visitor noted nearly 40 years ago, to "live in shorts, go to seed, and rock away warm afternoons on shadowy porches." Little has changed since then, or since Cedar Key's...

Lincolnville, Maine

WITH ITS ALLURING CONTRAST of mountains giving way to Penobscot Bay, on Maine's jagged central coast, Lincolnville attracts people who could live anywhere: artists, writers, boatbuilders, and...

Salida, Colorado

"NOW THIS," BRAG THE SIGNS on highways "is Colorado." Refugees from Front Range cities like Denver and Boulder are drawn to this oasis at 7,038 feet in the Upper Arkansas Valley, near the center...

Georgetown, South Carolina

IT'S A TOSS UP trying to decide which is more astonishingly preserved: the downtown of South Carolina's third-oldest municipality, bordered by the Sampit River, shaded by live oaks, and riddled...

Brattleboro, Vermont

A FAIR NUMBER OF PLACES are described as "a college town without a college," but Brattleboro, in southeastern Vermont, fits the bill better than most. There's the requisite 19th-century backdrop...

Room to Om

Rafting British Columbia Spend seven days rafting British Columbia's Class IV Chilko, Chilcotin, and Fraser rivers, and stretch those aching arms with a twice-daily riverside yoga class and...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

10. Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts THE VIBE: Weight problems, lymphatic disturbances, mental blocks, bad posture, bad attitudes, sexual boredom, stress, osteoporosis,...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

1. Red Mountain Spa St. George, Utah THE VIBE: At Utah's Red Mountain Spa, decorum goes by the wayside: Guests usually don't bother changing out of their dusty hiking boots...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

3. New Age Health Spa Neversink, New York THE VIBE: A giant golden Buddha may seem out of place on a New York farm, but the one peering out of the New Age Health Spa's 1,500...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

4. Dunton Hot Springs Dolores, Colorado THE VIBE: It's rumored that after robbing a bank in Telluride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid lay low at Dunton Hot Springs, though...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

5. Mountain Trek Retreat and Health Spa Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia THE VIBE: With a staff-to-guest ratio of more than two to one (only 14 guests are allowed at a...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

6. Double Eagle Resort June Lake, California THE VIBE: Hero worshipers, take note: During last winter's American Snowboard Tour at June Mountain, you were more likely to spot...

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