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These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America

This summer is slated to be a stellar one for stargazing. Saturn’s rings will be at nearly full tilt, providing quite a show if you have even a small telescope. In July, Mars will be about as close as it ever gets to Earth, meaning it’ll shine even brighter. Add to that the usual smattering of …

National Parks

18 incredible national parks around the world that you need to visit in your lifetime

There are 417 national park sites in total in the United States, and chances are good that you've been to at least one of them before. While we all know about some of the biggest national parks in the US (like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon), what many people don't realize is that there are national …

National Parks

Tamal Ray’s recipe for raspberry and lime bars

These are a variation on an American classic: lemon bars. If you’ve never tried them before, picture a layer of zingy, fruit curd on a buttery, shortbread base. I’ve used raspberries and lime here, but feel free to experiment with other citrus fruits; red grapefruit makes a particularly delicious …

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The Country's Most Beautiful Mountaineering Route

Photo: Stephen Matera<p>Along the way the route crosses a half-dozen or more glaciers and permanent snowfields. Some climbers rush through the route in three days, but why hurry when you can awaken each day to a cyclorama of Northwest peaks to climb, and views like this? In July our group took a …

Hiking

Float On This Season With 9 Paddling Must-Haves

By Conor Mihell<p>After nearly 20 years of venturing in canoes and kayaks down wild rivers and along all three of North America's seacoasts, plus …

Canoeing

Scientists Learn More About Jupiter’s Elusive Rocky Core and It’s as Weird as Ever

For something called a “gas giant,” Jupiter stops being an airy mass of vapor and clouds pretty early in. Just 10 percent of the distance down, along …

Astronomy

The neuroscience of change: How to train your brain to create better habits

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” — Samuel Johnson<p>A lot of our daily actions are automatic. Your …

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Learn how to climb the biggest trees from this professional tree climber

Some trees are as high as a 20-storey building, so how do you get to the top? Expert tree climber Dave Katz reveals the tricks of the trade.<p>Tree …

Climbing

Garmin inReach Mini Review

The Garmin inReach Mini is the smallest, lightest, and most powerful satellite messaging device on the market.The post Garmin inReach Mini Review …

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10 awesome lake towns in North America

There’s no better place to stretch out the lazy days of summer than in a nostalgic little lake town, watching the sun set over the water from an Adirondack chair. I’ve rounded up the 10 best lake towns in North America, offering quaint main streets, boardwalk shops, wooden roller coasters, and, of …

National Parks

The Perfect Three-day Weekend in Denver

As part of a new series, Travel + Leisure is exploring America one three-day weekend at a time. Here's what to do on a short trip to Denver, Colorado.<p>…

Travel

There’s a Huge Sale on the Most Scenic U.S. Train Routes Right Now

Courtesy of Amtrak<p>Overnight fares on the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles are two-for-one now.<p>Now’s the time to book that overnight train …

Trains

5 Stunning Places You've Probably Never Heard of but Need to See, According to a Woman Who's Traveled to 100 Countries (Video)

Traveling is always an exciting experience, but nothing quite compares to discovering something new.<p>Unfortunately, the prospect of visiting uncharted …

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The Best Websites for Finding a Private Campsite

The sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb has come to camping. These sites connect you to private lands where you can camp.<p>1. Tentrr<p>Ideal for new campers, or folks looking for built-in comfort, Tentrr sites include a 10-by-12-foot canvas tent with a queen-size cot, fire pit, drinking water, sun …

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Mountain Biking Arizona’s 817 Mile-long National Scenic Trail

Arizona, with its red-rock canyons and mountains jutting out of the desert, has been a mountain biker’s paradise since there’s been mountain biking. …

Hiking

Hip Packs Are Back — Here are 11 Worth Buying

Fanny packs, waist packs, hip packs — whatever you call them, the ubiquitous 90s accessory is back. While fashion designers are incorporating them …

Backpacking

L.L. Bean Created a Fully-Functional Outdoor Office and Is Taking It On Tour Around the US

If you could work outside on a sunny day instead of being cooped up inside the office, you probably would.<p>A new campaign from L.L. Bean and agency …

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9 side hustles you can easily do from home

Looking to make some extra money, but don't want to leave your home to do it?<p>With an ever-growing number of ways to make money online, you don't need to.<p>Here are nine side hustles you can do from the comfort of your own home.

This Ghost Town Was Swallowed Up by Nature and Now It's an Eerily Beautiful Hiking Destination

Man and nature are often portrayed at odds with each other: As skyscrapers go up, trees come down. But sometimes the world has different plans. After …

10 Countries to Traverse by Foot

Gracing many a traveler’s bucket list, the lofty aspiration of crossing a country on foot is a tempting challenge for the adventurous. Whether …

End Your Obsession With Morning Routines and Focus on This Instead

Morning routines are the toppings and icing, but without this important question, your foundation isn't going to be solid.<p>Recently, I went to an event and at the end, the floor was open for questions. Not surprisingly, one of the first questions was "what's your morning routine?"<p>I get it, we see …

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teardrop trailer transforms into a large family camper interior - Home Decorating Trends - Homedit

15 Small Camper Trailers With Which To Enjoy The Outdoors ← Back to article<p>15 Small Camper Trailers With Which To Enjoy The Outdoors<p>teardrop trailer …

4 Days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

California is fortunate to be home to nine national parks (yes, nine!), more than any other state.<p>With such a plethora of natural and national …

Shipping container hotel lets you try out tiny living

All the rooms—and the pool—are made from shipping containers<p>Whether it’s tiny homes or camper vans, alternative dwellings are all the rage. But in a sea of unique living spaces, nothing says upcycled downsizing quite like the shipping container.<p>More than any other tiny house, shipping containers …

Picos de Europa: Is this jaw-dropping mountain range Spain’s most underrated tourist attraction?

It was a bit Hitchcockian. As I picnicked atop the wind-whipped peak, a chough landed by my feet. I looked away, taking in the panorama from one of …

11 Pro Tips for Packing for Your First Backpacking Trip

I’d consider myself a pretty experienced backpacker—last summer, I spent more than three months backpacking 1,000 miles. But it was only two years …

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary- 8 Days in Alberta

A trip to Alberta wouldn’t be complete without doing a road trip in the Canadian Rockies.<p>The drive from Calgary to Jasper is one of the finest road …

This Japanese Escape Is Pure Mountainous Bliss

Set amongst the tranquil beech forests and cascading rice paddies of Minami-Uonuma, Japan, the secluded mountain escape Satoyama Jujo Hotel translates to “ten stories of the mountain village.” Those ten stories, which the hotel lists as “food, architecture, textile, agriculture, environment, art, …

The 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds, chosen by experts

It has the glacier-fed alpine lakes, the steep mountain peaks. What it does not have: crowds<p>'It’s the Tetons without the handrails', a local guide once told me<p>This poet’s hike is about magical transformations by the light of the moon, not distance<p>'Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,' …

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Video: The Top 10 Most Beautiful Hikes in the World

This weekend is the long Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S., which often unofficially starts the summer season. No doubt, many of you will be …