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8 of the Most Unique Walking Paths in the World

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Once a battle site in the Croatian War of Independence, Plitvice Lakes National Park is an enchanting …

This Galápagos Luxury Cruise Gets You Up Close with South America’s Most Amazing Creatures

Two crazy things occur simultaneously on my first day in the Galápagos Islands. One: I am voluntarily snorkeling in water barely 59 degrees …

Canada has officially completed the longest trail system in the world

There’s always a reason to celebrate Canada, and to get outside in our beautiful nation.<p>And The Great Trail is now your next reason to explore the …

National park tips: Go ahead and step into this Hawaiian volcano

First, get to the Big Island of Hawaii, home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Then hike the Kilauea Iki Trail, a four-mile round trip that takes you down through thick rainforest to the black floor of a vast crater.<p>Don't miss the Thurston Lava Tube, a cavelike marvel that's tall enough to stand …

Best State Parks in the United States for a Thousand

<i>This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their 60’s, are (mostly) retired,and are ticking off “bucket list”</i> …

National Parks

How to Survive a Backpacking Trip in Alaska

Your new college friends just invited you to go on an awesome backpacking trip in Alaska. It sounds great and you totally want to go, but you’re …

Backpacking

The Greatest American National Park Road Trip

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is another slightly different park. A former toxic dump that's been cleaned up and restored to its former natural …

A New Blade: How I finally became a Greenland paddle convert

<b>Photos and words by Maureen G. Nowak</b><p>I was the last holdout among my family and friends, swearing for decades that my light carbon Euro-blade paddle …

Bluff Mountain - Hiking in Portland, Oregon and Washington

Bluff Mountain and Little Baldy along the Chinook Tail <i>(Don Nelsen)</i><p>Bluff Mountain <i>(David Koskamp)</i><p>Bluff Mountain bluffs - St. Helens in the distance</i> …

5 Knots Every Hiker and Backpacker Should Know

Increase Your Backcountry Skills by Learning These Knots<p>The right knot can be a life saver when you run into the unexpected in the backcountry. So if …

Yosemite National Park expands by 400 acres

Yosemite National Park has grown by 400 acres, officials announced Wednesday, the largest expansion in close to seven decades.<p>Ackerson Meadow, along …

Where to stay and what to do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is flooded with a magical light in autumn and its streets are largely free of tourists. Fluctuating (read: unpredictable) weather means you can enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, from exploring the city’s many galleries and museums and dipping into a local hot pool while …

OPINION | Grand Canyon won't forgive tourists who disregard its hazards

A view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona seen in 2012. Some hikers still don’t know what it takes to descend into the …

6 Ways to Purify Water While Backpacking and Hiking

Stay Hydrated on the Trail with These Water Purification Options<p>A long hike or multi-day backpacking trip requires plenty of hydration and unless you …

Finding the Perfect Backcountry Campsite in Algonquin Park, Canada

<b>Photos and words by Shawn James</b><p>Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada is a canoe tripper's Shangri-La. Covering an area of 2,946 square miles …

Camp gear 101: What to pack and how to use it

“ESSENTIAL” MEANS MANY THINGS to many people. What’s essential to camping for me could well be frivolous to you. Acknowledging the basic absurdity of …

Why Olympic National Park Is One Of The Finest Examples Of ‘America’s Best Idea’

I was five. The shadows of the forest danced around me and I shuddered in fear. The darkness was unlike anything I’d felt before; deep and unforgiving. My old man threw another log on the glowing embers of the campfire. Sparks flew upward, into the black. My dad quietly sang an few notes of …

From the Mag: Our Favorite Parks

<i>The U.S. National Park Service administers more than 84 million acres, including 59 national parks and 29 national seashores, lakeshores and rivers.</i> …

The Best Backpacking Loop You’ve Never Heard Of

Mineral King is a quiet corner of what is becoming an increasingly busy Sierra Nevada mountain range. And though it has been enjoyed and frequented …

The country's most scenic and totally free campsites

America's modern wild west of Montana and Wyoming is rugged and beautiful - but beware of bears and cowboys

You know you’re in for a holiday with a difference when the local chemist has a sign outside boasting: “We sell bear spray!”<p>Best we stock up... as …

15 Reasons Why You Should Go to Iceland On Your Next Vacation

Consider this your must-see list.<p>There are plenty of practical reasons why Iceland is a great place to travel. You can fly there in less than six hours from the East Coast, the dollar remains strong against the Icelandic krona, and it's an easy layover on your way to Europe. But even if all those …