North & Central America

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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31 ALASKA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY Anchorage, Alaska LOCAL COLOR Wedged between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains in south-central Alaska, and within striking distance of...

Outside University: The Top 40

36 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-DULUTH Duluth, Minnesota LOCAL COLOR Duluth's hilly waterfront evokes San Francisco Bay—at least on sunny days. The town of 87,000 has...

Fast Tracks To Adventure

Underwater Archaeologist Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (850-644-2525, www.fsu.edu) To embark on this enviable...

Lava Sledding Erupts Again

FOR A 2,000-YEAR-OLD pastime, he'e holua, or Hawaiian sledding, looks a lot like the latest X Games stunt. "We've gotten up to 50 miles per hour," says Tom "Pohaku" Stone, 52, a cultural-studies...

Good Old Boy Gone Good

AT THE ANNUAL WILD GAME DINNER FOR MEN ONLY, outside the Family Life Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church in Lafayette, Louisiana, Harold Schoeffler, the area's leading Cadillac...

Domestic Abyss

SPRINGS OF THE SUWANNEE RIVER BASIN THE WATER Tucked into lush forests along the lazy Suwannee River, these freshwater springs offer shallow open pools with 200-foot...

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