North & Central America

Outside University: The Top 40

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...

Domestic Abyss

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARYTHE WATERA diver navigating a dimly lit giant kelp forest gets that same hallowed feeling that a hiker has in the redwoods. But...

Domestic Abyss

YELLOWSTONE LAKE THE WATER Thermal vents that reach 250 degrees, moonscape craters as big as football fields, gaping fissures—it's enough to make you feel like you...

The Wild-Water Life List

1. Raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Arizona Plunge into 277 miles of Class I-V whitewater and spectacular red rocks. Get on the 12-year waiting list for individual...

Make Mine Raw

Often, during a stretch of many happy years, I'd find myself at the southern tip of Ocracoke Island, on past the village and the ferry docks and the lighthouse, staring out across the channel...

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