Adventure Adviser


What is the best way to escape the crowds on my trip to Yellowstone this summer?

I want to take a spring whitewater rafting trip in the U.S., but I hate being cold. Where should I go?

I tend to divide the handfishing world into two groups: those of us who knew about and appreciated the sport called noodling (or catching fish with your bare hands) before the Animal Planet show “Hillbilly Handfishin’,” and all of the wannabes who are just now jumping on the bandwagon and…

I want an adventure without crossing the pond, but don't want to break the bank. Where should I go?

I want to ride the best rapids in the Caribbean. Where should I start?

I live in the Southeast and I’m a pretty good amateur photographer. What are some of the most amazing, camera-worthy hikes in my neck of the woods?

I want to go on a road and mountain biking vacation in the tropics. What do you recommend?

Where are the best places in the world to learn to BASE jump?

What are your five favorite travel apps for iPhone and Android?

I want to stay in a cabana on stilts, with margarita in hand, in a tropical location. Got any ideas?

I’m planning a long weekend of cross-country skiing in the West. Which national park is a better option: Yosemite or Rocky Mountain?

Skiing is expensive. Where can I find a resort that sells lift tickets for under $50?

What are the best non-tropical places to go scuba diving in the winter?

I want to plan a rugged weekend in the Southwest with a group of my buddies. Some aren’t very outdoorsy, others are moderately experienced, and one could vanish for a week in the woods with nothing but a knife and dental floss and come back fatter and stronger. What would be a fun, not-too-cold adventure that would please everyone?

Some people like to head to the tropics in the winter. I like to bask in the snow and cold. What are your favorite winter carnivals in North America?

I want to spend a week in the Galapagos. Plan my trip for me, please.

I feel guilty about the environmental impact of skiing at a resort—given the energy consumption of the chairlifts and grooming machines, not to mention the snowmaking. What are the most eco-friendly ski resorts?

Where in the U.S. should I go to learn to ice climb this winter? Is Ouray really worth the trip?

Is it possible to learn to kitesurf on the cheap in the Caribbean? If so, where?

I want to learn to ski off-piste this winter. Are there any resort ski schools that can teach me?

I want to take my girlfriend to a romantic, outdoorsy winter lodge in the Northeast. Any suggestions?

I want to take a weekend road biking trip in California. What are your suggestions?

My girlfriend and I want to spend a getaway weekend in a tree. What do you recommend?

Where are the best places in North America to make early tracks this fall?

Name a coast that’s treacherous to navigate, or a shallow area where an epic naval battle took place, and I’ll show you a ship graveyard that’s worth exploring. The beauty of wrecks is that they’re not only giant, waterlogged pieces of history, but also artificial reefs that teem with life.

What are the best American mountain biking destinations that don’t begin with “M” and end in “oab?”

Where to take photos to inspire your Facebook friends to get out.

Before any know-it-alls start complaining about the absence of Edmund Hillary, Thor Heyerdahl, or Amelia Earhart from this list, let me make a distinction between “explorer” and “adventure traveler.” An explorer has historically been someone who attempts to do something that no one has done before (or plunder indigenous people…

I’m thinking of backpacking through Egypt. Is it safe there?

South America has more than 144,000 miles of coastline, so you can really take your pick. Start with these. Saquarema, BrazilSaquarema is Brazil’s beach sports hub, a quiet town molded around a lagoon that drains into the South Atlantic about 60 miles east of Rio de Janeiro. It’s home…

The mountain peaks that make this list could double as a greatest hits compilation for the Appalachian Trail below the Mason-Dixon Line: all but one are accessible via the AT. 5. Springer Mountain, GeorgiaFor AT thru-hikers, the 2,100-mile trek to Maine doesn’t officially begin until they trudge up the…

The folks in my step-family are all inexperienced backpackers, while those on my side of the family are very experienced. We’re all camping for five nights on Isle Royale this summer. What's the one item we need to make sure everyone has a great time?

My husband and I are planning an around-the-world travel adventure, and we're having a hard time narrowing down our list. We love hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. What are your top five can't-miss adventures?

There are roughly 10 top-flight whitewater kayak schools across the country, and to name one would be pretty subjective. A person in Colorado who lives close to the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center would probably answer quite differently from a Vermonter who paddles at nearby Adventure Quest. So let me set…

There’s an old saying that clichés are clichés for a reason. That applies to outdoor destinations as well. Moab is a riding cliché, but you still won’t find better slickrock anywhere else. The Gunks are a climbing cliché, but they live up to their reputation. In the case of Midwestern…

My Dad and I want to take the dogs and head out for a 3-4 day hike this summer. We're experienced, but my Pop's got a bad back and can’t do a lot of climbing. Any good spots in New England or the mid-Atlantic that allow dogs and aren't too steep?

I’m spending the summer in Boston but am not from the area. What weekend trips in New England would you recommend?

Where are the best places in the Lower 48 to do a backcountry hike and camp with remote trout streams to dry-fly fish?

National parks always get all the attention, but what are the best state parks in the country?

My parents are healthy 70-plus-year-old experienced hikers who want to take their 13-year-old grandson on an outdoorsy vacation in the American West. Any ideas?

My 14-year-old daughter wants to go on an organized bike trip. Which groups are the best? I went with American Youth Hostels when I was young, are they still good? Any other ones you can recommend? -Janice Hastings on Hudson, NY

If you could put together a list of five must-do national park experiences in the United States, what would they be? ScottGambier, OH

Decades after the Soviet-era meltdown drove 60,000 people from their homes in the Ukraine, a rebirth is taking place inside the exclusion zone. With Geiger counter in hand, the author explores Europe's strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted post-apocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.

I am currently stationed in Naples, Italy for another year and a half. Can you list ten things that I should accomplish in Europe while I'm here? I love to travel and fish and I am more concerned with seeing the natural beauty of the continent than anything else.BlakeNaples, Italy

What are some great outdoor activities I can do while I'm living in Istanbul? The only things I know of are running and swimming in the Bosporus. How about diving or snowboarding? -Lauren Istanbul, Turkey

Camping in the United States is a great thing, but camping in Europe seems to be camping in parking lots. Where can we go camping with kids in Switzerland? What resources will tell us about U.S.-style camping places...accessible with kids. David New Orleans, LA

I'd like to plan a trip around erica's biggest and fastest roller coasters. Any suggestions on where I should head to maximize my riding time?

My friends and I are planning a backpacking trip to Utah, but we're at a loss as to where to go. We're looking for a three- to four-day trip, so something in the range of 18 to 25 miles or so, give or take. If possible, we'd love to spend some time in slot canyons, but that's not really the focus. Landon H. Boulder, CO

Next year, I would like to climb Kilimanjaro with my brother to celebrate his 30th birthday. Can you recommend any tour organizers who have a particularly good reputation for treks up Kilimanjaro? We are hoping to cp instead of staying in huts and will probably select a moderately intense route up the mountain.

I put raisins on my cereal. Should I just put sugar on my cereal and cut out the raisins? Bill Garfield Hanover, New Hampshire

A couple of friends and I want to take a spring break trip sea kayaking. Although we own play boats, we would need to rent sea kayaks. We are college students, so we need to keep the cost at about $1,200 or so for the whole week. We would prefer the East Coast, but if costs and/or weather make this difficult, we would try some West Coast flavor, too. What do you suggest? Lucas Benton, AR

We are thinking of visiting a friend in Nicaragua this winter. Is Nicaragua a safe travel destination? And can you recommend some good, active side trips from Bluefields? y San Marcos, CA

What is stand-up paddle surfing and where can I learn to do it? John M. Los Angeles, CA

I'll be heading to London on business for a week in early September. Are there any outdoor adventures to be had while I'm there? I was thinking of rafting in Scotland, but is there anything closer? Alex N. Ann Arbor, MI

What is the best mountain to ski in the early December? What place usually has the most and best snow? Ryan San Luis Obispo, CA

How can I physically challenge myself in Ecuador and still see a lot?

Where can I go in Mexico or Cuba to learn kite surfing? I prefer the western coast, or the Yucatan in Mexico. Oh, and I’m a total newbie. Craig Mexico

Where are the best, most scenic areas to hike in the Phoenix area? Bethany Detroit, MI

I'm pondering going to Thailand in the winter—I'd like to do a lot more than just stay in Bangkok—but I'm a 25-year-old female wanting to travel alone. Do you think this is safe? Do you have any recommendations where to go? Kyle San Francisco, CA

I'm traveling to Germany this June for the World Cup. I'd like suggestions for both daylong and overnight hikes. Is there a hut-to-hut system? Bill Coral Springs, FL

I going to Argentina for work and have one to two weeks of personal holidays at the end. What would be the best thing to do in Argentina or South erica? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Michael Griffith, Australia