It's been called the best driving road in the world — and while we're not ready to give it the crown, it's definitely in the conversation. The Stelvio Pass is the Eastern Alps' highest paved road at an elevation of over 9,000 feet, and also its most enjoyable. Originally constructed in the 1820's, this 15-mile stretch of pavement runs between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio, and features plenty of hairpin turns — 48 on the northern side alone — as well as amazing mountain views. Our recommendation? Make sure to rent something fun and Italian — a Ferrari, perhaps? — before hitting the road.
It might not look like much from the outside, but as you can tell by the parking lot full of cars, the lines, and the fact that the road's named after the place, B's Barbecue is a big deal. And that's due to the tiny place's food, most specifically the pulled pork and chicken, which are slow cooked over charcoal and spiced so well that it's unlikely you'll need to take advantage of the bottle of sauce on your table. The sides are solid, the prices are low, and the lines are long — so plan on getting there early, because they shut down when they run out of food. And that happens more often than you might think.
For most people, simply visiting an active volcano would be thrilling enough. But if you're not one of those people, perhaps Volcano Boarding will do. In this extreme sport — created by the proprietors of Bigfoot Hostel — you'll be flying down the slopes of 2,388-foot Cerro Negro on nothing but a sit-down wooden-style toboggan made from metal and Formica-reinforced plywood. And when we say flying, we really mean it — speeds reach up to 55 mph, or way faster than you should ever be going on something that requires you to sit on the ground. The experience includes transportation, safety equipment, a jumpsuit and goggles, speed clocking, and a celebration of your bravery once you return to Bigfoot. Whether you decide to stay there or not is totally up to you.
Take your next beach vacation away from the beach and over the water with a stay at Cocoa Island by Como. This private island resort offers 33 overwater suites and villas, each of which boasts a private terrace, a comfortable king-sized bed, Wi-Fi, climate control, a separate tub and shower, and a well-stocked minibar. Take the walkway from your room back to the island to enjoy the pool, Ufaa restaurant, Faru bar, or the COMO Shambhala Retreat, a full-service spa offering a yoga pavilion, steam rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, and more. Or just slip off your deck directly into the sea. And don't worry if seaplanes aren't your thing — unlike most resorts in the region, it's just a 40-minute speedboat ride from the international airport in Malé.
Thanks to their handy online store, Homage tees can be found on commoners and celebs far and wide. But if you're looking to get the full-on Homage experience, you need to head to the Homage Easton Store. Located in the fashionable Easton Town Center, this 2,600 square foot shop offers more than just the company's line of tees, hoodies, hats, and sweats, most notably interesting fixtures like the back end of a '73 VW bus — used to highlight Surf Ohio gear — and a vintage scoreboard. Given the location, it's no surprise that the store is heavy on OSU, OU, Bengals, Browns, Reds, and Indians gear, but you don't need to be a Buckeye or Bobcat to appreciate the vintage NBA JAM arcade machine and free Mexican Cokes.
Oh sure, it sits on the ocean. And it offers six waterfront villas, as well as a variety of rooms set in picturesque gardens. There's a large pool overlooking the ocean, a lounge set on the beach with a bar that serves up both tasty libations and light meals, and a full-on restaurant for dinner time. There's even an aloe tree outside each room in case you spend a bit too long in the sun. But the real jewel of The Manta Resort is the Underwater Room, a private floating island with a top deck for sunbathing, a water deck for lounging and eating, and a bedroom that sits four meters below the surface, giving you unbelievable views of the native marine life. [Scouted by Emil]
It's a private island. It's not your private island during your stay, but one look at Maafushivaru and you're unlikely to care. Located in the Maldives, this exclusive resort offers 50 villas — beach, pool, and ocean — each of which features air conditioning, king sized beds, rainfall showers, and espresso machines, with some offering a private pool, some with private beach-side decks, and some set overtop of the water. Also on-site are a restaurant, pool-side bar, a wine cellar, and a library-themed lounge, as well as a host of activities to keep you busy during your getaway.
We know they know their stuff when it comes to shaving, but it turns out that Harry's has plans on caring for more than just the hair on your face. Harry's Corner Shop is a new neighborhood destination from the same guys, featuring talented, friendly barbers experienced in dishing out quality haircuts, shaves, and banter, as well as a carefully considered selection of essential man stuff like Makr leather goods, Geneva speakers, Trusco toolboxes, and Sleepy Jones boxers. Oh, and of course, all the Harry's shaving products you could ever need.
You'd expect a museum named after a man who founded a car company to feature automobiles. And yes, while there are plenty of cars on display at The Henry Ford Museum, it's about much more than one man, one company, or even one industry. Instead, this most American of museums contains a huge array of items holding historical significance, including Rosa Parks' bus, George Washington's camp bed, a collection of 17th and 18th century violins, Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theatre, Thomas Edison's laboratory, and even JFK's presidential limousine. Outside the museum, you'll find Noah Webster's home, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop and home, and, fittingly, Henry Ford's birthplace — all of which have been moved to the property.
Sure, the name doesn't sound very glamorous — at all — but when you're biking well over 200 miles in a single week, glamour isn't likely to be high on the priority list. A comfortable place to sleep is. And that's exactly what San Juan Hut Systems provides. These unique accommodations are available as a package for those looking to enjoy a self-guided adventure, and run from Telluride or Durango in Colorado all the way to Moab, UT. Each cabin is spaced roughly 35 miles apart, sleeps eight, and comes equipped with food, water, a stove, cookware, utensils, and, most importantly, sleeping gear. Biking not your thing? Don't worry — they have cabins set on trails specifically for skiers and hikers, as well.
Canyonlands might not be as famous as its more grand sibling, but this National Park offers a trip every bit as amazing in the White Rim Road. This 100-mile trail takes between two and four days to traverse, depending on your method of transportation — either a four-wheel drive vehicle or mountain bike. One on the road, you'll have the opportunity to explore Shafer Trail, White Crack, Holeman Canyon, and other stunning natural vistas. Just remember to bring plenty of water, leave your pets at home, and be careful out there — if you break down, you're not going to like the bill you get from the towing service.
Most people take a cruise that sails by our 49th state and claim they've "seen Alaska". But then you're not most people. This Revelation Mountains Backpacking Trip lets you see this Northern wilderness the way it really is — untouched and untamed. Scheduled for 10 days, this 50+ mile trip begins in Anchorage, where you board a bush plane to Lake Clark National Park. From this base, you'll explore the mountain range by plane and hiking, traversing over 50 miles, sleeping underneath the stars, and, if you're lucky, seeing some of the wildlife that call this remote land home, including bears, sheep, wolves, caribou, and moose.