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Visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park to see some stunning Colorado scenery

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The ultimate beginner's guide to hiking Colorado's famous 14,000-foot mountains

And hundreds of thousands of feet in elevation.<p>With all of this lofty real estate in their backyard, it's no surprise that clawing their way up the sides of 14,000-foot mountains has become a rite of passage for Colorado residents.<p>But how does a rookie peak bagger choose which summit to reach …

Roadtrip Guide: Cruising the California Coastline from LA to SF

So, you want to take the famous drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Too many people decide to roadtrip the fastest and easiest route (state …

America’s Favorite Beach Towns 2016

It's time to finalize those summer plans.<p>Boston restaurateur Brian Piccini has been coming to Provincetown, Massachusetts nearly every summer since …

Camping in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Known as much for its majestic beauty as for the fact that it’s one of the biggest protected areas in the Eastern U.S. for black bears, Great Smoky …

10 of the Best Hiking Trails in Michigan

Michigan may be known as the Great Lakes State—and the water-based recreational options really are abounding—but the incredible hiking should not be …

America's Top 10 Hardest Day Hikes

The word “epic” is uttered a bit too lightly these days. Once reserved to describe the fantastic voyages of brave explorers, it’s now readily used to …

30 Must-Do Adventures in California

It's no secret that California is home to some incredible outdoor destinations. From the serrated ridge lines of the High Sierra to the gargantuan …

20 Surreal Places to Travel In America Even The Locals May Not Have Explored

Most people think you need to leave the country in order to see all the beautiful places in life. However, that couldn’t be more untrue. You don’t …

The Ultimate Texas Road Trip

What we’re going to tell you is not surprising: Texas is a big state. By the time you drive from east to west, you could have passed through five European countries. But as diverse as France is from the Czech Republic, South Texas is from West Texas. From national parks to wineries, hip art centers …

Glacier To Yellowstone

Drive through the rolling hills and mountains of Montana on your way from Glacier National Park’s east entrance in St. Mary to Yellowstone National …

Going to the Sun

Head through all of the scenic wonders of Glacier National Park. From the glacier-formed turquoise Lake McDonald and Lake St. Mary, the old-growth …

These 5 Apps Make Summer Adventuring a Lot Easier

You could argue that most of us spend too much time on our phones and that summer vacation presents the perfect opportunity to unplug. It’s a solid argument, but do you remember summer before the advent of the iPhone? We basically just wandered around the beach hoping to find a decent surf break or …

The Best Summer Road Trips from Seattle

One of the best things about living in Seattle is how many beautiful places are within easy reach, enabling outdoor lovers to get out and play on a …

5 Amazing California Parks to Visit This Summer

We love Yosemite as much as the next guy, but this time of year, it can feel more like Disneyland than a national park. Fortunately, outdoor lovers …

11 Amazing Waterfall Hikes in America

Maybe it's the unexpected nature of waterfalls that makes them so special. You often hear the sound first, in the distance, rumbling like constant …

Packing Your Hiking Bag

If you're heading out on a Hurtigruten Norwegian cruise, you are probably bursting with excitement for all the fun that lies ahead. If you've done …

Backpacking

The best Redwood parks to escape the crowds

Vacation crowds can turn Yosemite, Big Sur, Monterey, South Lake Tahoe and San Francisco into pressure cookers. The Redwood Empire can provide a relief valve. In that empire is an array of state and national parks, plus national forests, and within them, 60 campgrounds, dozens of trailheads and …

Nevada's Wild Jewel: Great Basin National Park

<i>On our way to the Great Basin National Park entrance near Baker, Nevada. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>One of the first things that we do when en route to a new park is to learn about the geography and landscape of the area to help us determine where to explore and how we'll want to photograph it. We …

The 24 best beaches in America, ranked

We've put together a comprehensive list of the best beaches in the US, based on several notable beach rankings and lists compiled by travel experts, travelers, researchers, and tourism boards. We combined them with our own editorial discretion to come up with the ultimate list of the best beaches …

8 handy items all outdoor adventurers should have

1/<p>A Scrubba Bag for washing clothes<p>A packable "washing machine," the Scrubba is a lightweight, compactable bag that claims to launder your clothes as …

A trailer car adventure through 59 US national parks

This year sees celebrations across the US to mark the centenary of the National Park Service. To pay homage to this great organisation, Jonathan Irish and Stefanie Payne are visiting every national park in an Airstream trailer. Here, Jonathan shares some of the highlights so far.<p>March 5<p>Death Valley …

Vacation Planner, Travel Planning, Tips Savings

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Drive the northern Oregon coast: Haystack rocks, giant dunes and fresh seafood

One round-trip ticket to Portland. One rental car, pointed west. And one tank of gas.<p>Start with these elements, then stretch them across four days and three nights in the shape of a 270-mile triangle.<p>The result? A road trip to the northern Oregon coast, as far south as Pacific City, as far north as …

Oregon

Road Trip! 10 Don't-Miss Scenic Drives

Hit the road, Jack. You can come back when you're ready. Although, these scenic drives have such spectacular views and great attractions, you may not …