Biking

Great Smoky Mountains

Established 1934 521,490 Acres IN THE SMOKIES, the numbers tell good news and bad: 930 miles of trails, almost 500 miles of fishable streams, hazy blue ridges topping out above 6,000...

Why Don't We Do It in the Road?

Speedplay Zero pedals ($195; 800-468-6694, www.speedplay.com) Speedplay's Zeros feature a dual-sided design that lets you...

Theodore Roosevelt

Established 1947 70,447 Acres "A DESOLATE, GRIM BEAUTY," said this park's namesake, who hunted bison and dabbled in cattle ranching on its stark rolling prairies and broken badlands...

Canyonlands

Established 1964 337,598 Acres RENAISSANCE FUNHOGS, BRACE YOURSELVES: This new trip, combining three days of MOUNTAIN BIKING with five or six days of Colorado River

Acadia

Established 1919 47,498 Acres NEW ENGLAND'S ONLY NATIONAL PARK, Acadia manages to shoehorn some 2.8 million annual visitors into its compact landscape, the bulk of it on Mount Desert...

The Universe According to Guava

GUAVA JOE HAD LINEBACKER SHOULDERS, bowlegs, sun-bleached dirty-blond hair, and that hint of cynicism that comes from carving a life out of instructing landlocked tourists in Hawaii's highest...

The New Fusion

TAKE TWO FAVORITE PASTIMES of the ancient Hawaiians—surfing and kite flying. Toss them into the Cuisinart of new-sport inspiration, press the frappé button, and out pours kiteboarding....

Maui: Access and Resources

AT FIRST GLANCE, Maui, the second-most-visited island after Oahu, seems like a pie sliced in three: resort-complex Maui, golf-course Maui, and condo Maui. But there are plenty more pieces to go...

This Mud's for You

I HAD BEEN WARNED. "It's gonna be wet out there!" Grant Mitchell announced at least four times during the five-minute van ride from the upcountry town of Waimea to the Mud Lane turnoff. After...

The Best of the Rest

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Moab, Utah / 76,519 acres Your best (and perhaps only) bet for solitude in this popular park: Get up at dawn and HIKE the six-mile Devil's Garden loop...

The Big Island: Access and Resources

FROM SEA LEVEL to the nearly 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea, the Big Island offers the greatest topographic relief and climatic diversity of any of the Hawaiian Islands. It's also large enough...

All Aboard!

A LOT'S BEEN SAID ABOUT who invented mountain bikes—make that a hell of a lot—but you don't hear enough about the tinkerers who perfected them, turning the original 50-pound hippie...

Windows on the Wild

YOU'RE ONLY SIX MILES from Moab as the crow flies, but traveling to Camelot from town on a 12.5-mile dirt road through a mad jumble of slot canyons, mesas, and buttes is excruciatingly slow and...

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