The moment you arrive in the Golden State, you may suspect you’ve been cast as the ingenue in a road-trip movie. Everything seems staged for a script riddled with exclamation points: no way are they going to surf those skyscraper-sized waves at Mavericks! Brrrrrrr...
New York, Washington DC & the Mid-Atlantic
Come to New England to mount spectacular summits and to feel the ocean breeze. Come to tantalize your taste buds with succulent seafood and sweet maple syrup. Come for history and high culture. Outdoor Adventure New England is big on outdoor adventure.
Welcome to iconic America, the luscious backdrop of movie Westerns and the red-rock land of limitless horizons. Time has etched itself on these yawning landscapes, carving white-water canyons, soaring buttes and formations of psychedelic sandstone beyond compare.
New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Walt Disney was right: Florida is a place that captures the imagination. The landscape is exaggerated and invites exaggeration. Spanish explorers saw manatees and imagined they were mermaids; Ponce de León saw a crystal-clear spring and imagined it was a fountain of youth. Developers saw swamps and sold them as paradise, but if they are, there's plenty of the devil in them.
It's easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits. Bountiful Beauty Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue ocean are heavenly, without the need for any tourist-brochure embellishment.
New York State
There's upstate and downstate and never the twain shall meet. The two have about as much in common as NYC's Upper East Side and the Bronx. And yet everyone shares the same governor and dysfunctional legislature in the capital, Albany.
Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California
In all of your California daydreaming, palm trees, golden sands and Pacific sunsets beckon, right? The good news: SoCal is where those cinematic fantasies really can come true. Pop Culture Surf, sand and sex will always sell SoCal.
New York City
'As for New York City, it is a place apart. There is not its match in any other country in the world.' Pearl S Buck Lady Liberty One hundred years ago the torch-wielding icon, clad in copper greens, welcomed the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses’ – she was quite the sight for sore eyes after a long journey from the other end of the globe.
The Rocky Mountains
One hundred years ago a vacation to the Rocky Mountains was the doctor’s tonic of choice when it came to treating everything from tuberculosis to fatigue and depression. Perhaps today’s practitioners should learn a lesson from their predecessors, and start writing prescriptions for ‘Going West’ rather than Zoloft.
A darn sight bigger than a whole heap of countries, Texas is largely diverse: big-city lights to small-town simplicity; white-sand beaches to high-country hikes.
The history is legendary – Plymouth, where the Pilgrims landed; Boston, where the first shots of the American Revolution rang out; and Nantucket, whose whaling ships swarmed the oceans. But there’s a lot more than landmark sights in this old state.
Colorado was cool with the college crowd long before MTV’s cameras caught on. No, the seven strangers on the hit reality show The Real World Denver weren’t the first to dig this funky Rocky Mountain High.