Outside Traveler 2004
Live well in the wilds at these five perfect perches
Q: Do you know of any great alpine backpacking destinations in Baja? Advice from the Experts For more wisdom from the Adventure Adviser, and the chance to ask your own questions, CLICK HERE.travel questions answered Â—Cory Whitney, Bar Harbor, Maine Adventure Adviser: A: A four-day backpacking trip up Baja’s…
There's still California gold in the mellow space between Napa and the Sierra
An innovative platform brings Spanish shipwrech spoils to intrepid divers in the Florida Keys
Australia finally lays tracks to the outback from Adelaide to Darwin
Big-water rafting on Costa Rica's Upper Savegre
Don't miss out: Make plans now to experience the classic rites of summer
Pilot an ultralight and what do you get? A bird's-eye view of the world and a dose of the maverick spirit of flying.
It pays to ship your gear ahead with this hassle-free service
Don't let Lance hog the fun. Here's how to ride your own epic stage of the world's greatest cycling race.
The Big Dig hits pay dirtin the shape of a new island playground in Boston Harbor
Go straight to the source and taste the good life at these organic farm getaways
Five superlative rivals to our national parks
Combine your next visit to a national park with a bonus raid on a great state park or national forestand get twice the escape
THE FANTASY DIVE-TRIP COCKTAIL...Take 1,190 coral outposts in the Indian Ocean, add one deluxe catamaran, one dive dhoni, a large splash of sapphire-blue water, and stir.
...And another feisty pescado in Argentina's Ibera Wetlands
Our word-of-mouth report: adventure lodges that belong on your radar screen
Savor our top 20 wild Canadian adventures (including 5 new parks) for heaping helpings of glacial lakes, alpine meadows, swift rivers, and snowcapped peaks
You'll hit more surf than pavement on this 250-mile pleasure drive around the Big Island
Tracking Lewis and Clark on the Upper Missouri Backward
Learning the old ways from southeast Alaska's native people
Let loose on a carefree horsepacking journey through the Absarokas
Witness a singletrack revolution on the fresh trails of a land in transition
A dad-and-daughter duo paddle into the past on the San Juan River
A magical history tour through the San Juan Islands
From secret surf stashes on the Pacific to untouched Caribbean islesplus all the volcanoes and colonial plazas in betweenNicaragua has the makings of a sporting paradise. Come discover Central America's red-hot center.
F E A T U R E S
NATIONAL PARKS 2004
DOUBLE PARK IT
Increase your fun exponentially by combining a national park trip with a visit to a nearby state park or national forest.
BY MIKE GRUDOWSKI AND AMY MARR
MAINE: Acadia National Park + Cutler Coast Public Reserve Land
UTAH: Canyonlands National Park + Goblin Valley State Park
MICHIGAN/MINNESOTA: Isle Royale National Park + Superior National Forest
TENNESSEE/NORTH CAROLINA: Great Smoky Mountains National Park + Nantahala National Forest
COLORADO: Rocky Mountain National Park + Routt National Forest
WASHINGTON: Olympic National Park + Ross Lake National Recreation Area
CALIFORNIA: Yosemite National Park + Stanislaus National Forest
PLUS: The country’s five best NATIONAL MONUMENTS
Central America’s largest country has the elements of an adventure paradise: Pacific surf breaks, Caribbean isles—and all those volcanoes in between.
By Kent Black
THE BOUNTY UP NORTH
Catch our 20 favorite destinations in the wilds of Canada, from exploring British Columbia’s Stikine River to gawking at the grandeur of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park.
MILES OF ISLES
What’s the best way to see the Maldives, a nation of 1,190 islands? A pleasure cruise on a luxurious dive catamaran.
By Karen Karbo
SPECIAL FAMILY GUIDE: TAKE THE KIDS
GO WITH THE H20
There’s water, water everywhere on these three splashy summer adventures:
GO NATIVE IN ALASKA
RAFT A UTAH CANYON
ISLAND-HOP IN WASHINGTON’S SAN JUANS
D E P A R T M E N T S
ORGANIC VACATIONS AT FOUR FANTASY FARMS
FIVE CLASSIC SUMMER TRIPS
—how to do them just right;
, San Francisco’s great new escape;
HOW TO SHIP YOUR GEAR HASSLE-FREE
BOSTON HARBOR’S NEW PLAYGROUND
AUSTRALIA’S NEW TRAIN
THE FLORIDA KEYS’ DIVING PLATFORM
COSTA RICA’S NEW RAFTING RIVER
THE ADVENTURE ADVISER
Expert vacation tips.
By Tim Neville
WALES ON WHEELS
Meet the best mountain-biking destination you’ve never heard about.
By Beth Loffreda
Wyoming’s rugged Absarokas become invitingly easy when you travel by horse.
By Elizabeth Hightower
IN SEARCH OF EL DORADO
Argentina’s undiscovered Iberá wetlands are just the place for all pursuits pescado.
By Steven Rinella
Follow the trail of Lewis and Clark on the scenic Upper Missouri.
By John Fox
TOP TEN HIDEAWAYS
Lose yourself at our favorite adventure lodges, in North America and beyond.
These idyllic cabins beat camping by a long shot.
By Christopher Solomon
TAKE THE YELLOW JERSEY TOUR
Show Lance how it’s done: Make this your summer to ride a legendary stage of the world’s greatest cycling race.
By Andrew Taber
Hit more surf than pavement on this Big Island pleasure drive.
By Bonnie Tsui