The 10 Best Big Cities for Active Families
What kinds of cities make families happy? That was our starting point. The answer, of course, is complicated. Our first assumption: kids like being around other kids. So we looked for cities where a high percentage of the population is under age 18. Next we looked at affordability...
What is a Loppet, and Where can I Try One?
15 Leaf-Blurring Adventures
A peeping stroll is not an acceptable last outdoor gasp before winter. Presenting the best active autumn escapes.
Finding Solitude Adventures
Travel to these destinations for tons of open space—and it's all yours
Monster Hunt: The Chupacabra
Katie Heaney tries to figure out the difference between "shriveled dead thing" and chupacabra
Monster Hunt: Using a Cheap iPhone App to Search for a Ghost
Katie Heaney goes looking for the dead in Minnesota's (possibly haunted) St. James Hotel
Get Me Out of Here: Kayaking
Katie Heaney learns that rivers really don't care how many times you've kayaked on a lake
Get Me Out of Here: Caving
Katie Heaney walks into the longest cave in Wisconsin and, despite the bats, the darkness, and the bats, makes it out alive
The Best 'Outside' Towns of 2012: Write-In Candidates
While these towns didn't make the final cut in our first-ever crowdsourced guide to the best places to live in America, they are your favorite write-in candidates. We turned to you, the readers, to find out what makes places like La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Cle Elum, Washington, so perfect for adventure-seekers.