North & Central America

The Quick Fix

Climbing the New River Gorge Rumor has it that the 352-mile-long New River is the second-oldest river in the world, dating back approximately 320 million years. Geologists go round and...

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A FEW YEARS AGO, fresh from 21 days of kayaking the gigantic waves of the Colorado River, I returned to my home state of West Virginia to paddle the Cheat River, where I'd been a raft guide for...

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Rafting the Gauley River Come fall near Summersville, in south-central West Virginia, the hardwood forests turn bright orange, the air cools, mist gathers in the steep canyons, and raft...

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Mountain-Biking the Monongahela National Forest The tiny town of Davis (pop. 624), on the northern edge of the Mon, is home to not one but two members of last year's U.S. World Mountain...

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Fly-Fishing the Elk River An eight-mile section of the Elk cuts a lush, remote canyon through the southern Mon Forest, actually diving underground for stretches. These detours keep the...

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Hiking the Cranberry Backcountry and Wilderness West Virginia has more than 1,500 miles of hiking trails, including the Allegheny Trail, a 300-mile north-south path, mostly in the Mon...

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Cycling Along the Cheat John Denver didn't get it all right in "Take Me Home, Country Roads," his 1971 ballad to the byways that wind through pastoral West Virginia. The Blue Ridge...

Eric Rudolph Slept Here

"MAN COULD LIVE A LONG TIME IN THESE WOODS." Richard Farner says, pausing to lean against a red oak and light a cigarette. "If he knew what he was doing."...

Spin City

Ten years and tens of millions in the making, the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32-mile round-the-island circuit for bike riders, officially opens in August. We took a test ride on the route,...

Outside University: The Top 40

26 SHELDON JACKSON COLLEGE Sitka, Alaska LOCAL COLOR Reached by boat or airplane, Sitka (pop. 8,800) is the only town on Baranof Island, in the Alexander Archipelago off...

Outside University: The Top 40

When it came to ranking North America's best places to learn, live, work, and play, we did our homework, canvassing hundreds of colleges and enlisting an able crew of undergrad reporters. Then...

Outside University: The Top 40

6 SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada LOCAL COLOR Bounded by Burrard Inlet, the Coast Mountains, and the Fraser River, this hilly 197,000-person...

Outside University: The Top 40

11 UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT Burlington, Vermont LOCAL COLOR Location, location, location: Sandwiched between the Green Mountains, to the east, and Lake Champlain and the...

Outside University: The Top 40

16 BOWDOIN COLLEGE Brunswick, Maine LOCAL COLOR The legions of leaf peepers that flock to Maine for its vibrant autumn foliage have also added quaint coastal Brunswick...

Outside University: The Top 40

21 PRESCOTT COLLEGE Prescott, Arizona LOCAL COLOR Climbers flock to Prescott, a mountain town of 34,000, for trad and sport climbing on Granite Mountain, as do Phoenix...

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