North & Central America

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...

On the Road Again

Q: I am planning to drive cross country from New Jersey to California this summer (between July and August). Is two weeks enough time? Do you have any suggestions on hot spots to...

Raising North Dakota

THIS WAS THE BEST MOMENT to walk among them, right after the crash and thunder of their annual orgy, when the bulls have fought and fornicated to happy oblivion and the cows are pregnant....

Mississippi

ROUTE: Tupelo to Natchez, Mississippi ROADS: The Natchez Trace Parkway MILES: 262 Bisecting the land that brought you fatback and collard greens is one of the...

Montana

ROUTE: Havre to Libby, Montana ROADS: U.S. 2 MILES: 354 In Montana, saying you've been up on the Hi-Line is secret code for aimless wandering. This...

North Carolina

ROUTE: Cedar Island to Corolla, North Carolina ROADS: North Carolina 12 MILES: 130Driving North Carolina's Outer Banks takes you off the pavement so many times,...

Kentucky

ROUTE: Manchester to Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky ROADS: Daniel Boone Parkway, Kentucky 118, U.S. 421, U.S. 119, Kentucky 805, Kentucky 197, Kentucky 80 MILES: 175

Vermont

ROUTE: Wilmington to Stowe, Vermont ROADS: Vermont 100 MILES: 145 Slow it down—way down. Vermont's Route 100 runs the length of this verdant state,...

Wisconsin/Minnesota

ROUTE: Bayfield, Wisconsin, to Grand Portage, Minnesota ROADS: Wisconsin 13, U.S. 53, North Shore Drive, Minnesota 61 MILES: 236 There's no place like home...

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