Word of Mouth: Port Douglas, Australia

Two nearby World Heritage Sites and a watersport-driven coastline make this Aussie town an outdoor adventure launch pad

by Jocelyn Voo Often overshadowed by Cairns, a neighboring—somewhat hectic—tourist town, Port Douglas is a reprieve for those desiring the big outdoor adventure of Tropical North Queensland with the kick-back roots of a sleepy fisherman’s town. Not only is it adjacent to two World Heritage Sites, but there’s also plenty of adventure within city limits—no stinger suit required. While there are plenty of bars, restaurants …

Word of Mouth: Hood River, Oregon

A picturesque mecca for sports enthusiasts and gourmands alike

Just an hour outside Portland lies Hood River, both a convenient getaway and an encapsulation of what makes this area of Oregon so great—fantastic beer and coffee, access to the Columbia River and the slopes of Mount Hood, and a vibrant outdoor scene. During summer, kiteboarders can be seen darting and swooping across the water; in winter, skis and snowboards top every car as outdoor …