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The 25 Best US Cities to Spend a Weekend

<i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Angel McNall Photography/Shutterstock</i><p>Sure, our national parks are beautiful, beach camping is a blast, and taking a road trip is a fun way to spend a few days, but sometimes you want to explore a totally new city. And for that, we've got you covered.<p>At Thrillist, we've been …


15 Perfect Places To Go In Washington If You’re Feeling Adventurous

You can take this short path through Boulder Cave just outside of Naches in the Mount Rainier area. The dark cave formed millions of years ago from …

17 Colorado Trails That Should Be On Every Hiker's Bucket List

Warning: Breathtaking beauty ahead.

Heartwarming Photos Highlight Adventurous Bond Between Pups and Humans

Dogs are known for their loyalty, so it should come as no surprise that man’s best friend makes for a fantastic camping companion. Whether they’re snuggling in a tent, trekking across a rocky terrain, or just taking in the sights, pups enjoy these adventures just as much as their humans. To …


Arctic Survival School

Airman 1st Class Ray Simon prepares the cover for his thermalized A-frame shelter during arctic survival training at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The A-frame shelter is designed to keep the survivor warm and dry to endure harsh arctic nights. Simon is a 3rd Maintenance Support Squadron crew …


10 Eagle Scout survival skills everyone should know

In 1912, Arthur Eldred became the first Eagle Scout, and the rank has stood as an emblem of accomplishment ever since.<p>To earn the title of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must learn a whole array of practical skills.<p>We've put together 10 survival tricks that Eagle Scouts can perform, complete with …

Boy Scouts of America

Which Yosemite Hiking Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect Yosemite Hiking Trail by answering a few questions, then see the Trail Guide for details.<br>Click on image to enlargeWhat do you most …


The 40 best mountain restaurants in the world

A Beginner's Guide to Backpacking | Women's Health

Still, it's often what women are gaining—not losing—that keeps them coming back. "There's something very healing about the physical forward motion," says Jennifer Pharr Davis, a record-setting long-distance hiker who completed a thru-hike of the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) in 46 days …

Hiking Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, USA in 4K (Ultra HD)

30 Places To See Before You're 30

Seeing the world is a surefire way to enrich your life and learn, and some destinations are best visited while in your twenties. Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set. These spots might be more physically challenging or …

Western Cape

104-Year-Old 'Yarn Bomber' Spreads Her 'Graffiti' All Over Town

When you think of grandmas knitting -- you might think of them making sweaters for their little grandchildren or blankets to put in cribs. But this 104-year-old great-grandma is part of a group using their knitting and crocheting talents to brighten up an entire community.<p>Grace Brett is part of a …


An Introduction to Off-The-Grid Backpacking - REI Co-op Journal

Do you ever feel like you want to disconnect, leave the comfort of home in the rearview mirror, and escape into the nearest wilderness?<p>Nothing can …

19 Hikes That Should Never Make Your Bucket List

But if the taste of blood and dirt turns you on, then this is for you.<p><b>Disclaimer:</b><p>The following trails are extremely demanding and require extensive training, advanced gear, and expertise with highly technical terrain. Many of these hikes also require the fitness and ability to perform strenuous …


16 Of The Most Photogenic Hikes On The West Coast

Best coast?

The 43 Best Hidden Hikes In The U.S.

Read the full list on Greatist.<p>Sure, hiking the Appalachian Trail is an experience no one ever forgets. But the United States is a pretty big place, with tons of opportunities for hiking and camping in spots that don't attract millions of tourists every year. If you like the feel of going where …


Burning Man 2015 Opens in Black Rock: Pictures

The Arts

Japan's Kamikaze Museum Holds Poignant Lessons on the Value of Peace

In recent weeks, all across Asia there have been countless ceremonies, somber and solemn, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II …


Image of 3-year-old who washed ashore underscores Europe's refugee crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 3-year-old lies face down, his head to one side with his bottom slightly up -- the way toddlers like to sleep.<p>But the water is lapping around his face and his body is lifeless.<p>The boy, in a red T-shirt, blue pants and tiny shoes with Velcro straps, was one of 12 people who drowned off …

North Africa

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

Trippy Non-Mechanical Ferrofluid Clock Features Self-Assembling, Organic Numbers

The Ferrolic Display makes it look like live paramecium are telling you the time<p>You simply have to see this. Imagine an Etch-a-Sketch had sex with a …


Delicate Paper Cutouts Use Colors of the Sky to Bring Them to Life

Using only an X-Acto knife, artist Jo Chorny cuts intricate designs from blank sheets of paper. The bold images depict portraits of animals as well as nature scenes, with hand-carved shapes forming the textures of scales, fur, and feathers. In order to mimic these characteristics, Chorny must cut …

Digital Art

► VIDEO: Banksy's 'Dismaland' opens to the public

Banksy's 'Dismaland' opens to the public<p>Visual Art<br>• Aug 21, 2015<p>Graffiti artist Banksy unveils his latest project - "Dismaland", a "bemusement park" …

#Vanlife: The Wanderlust-Inducing Lifestyle of Roaming across the Country in a Home-on-Wheels

What is #vanlife? For some, it's just a hashtag on Instagram, but for others, it's a philosophy, a way of life that says, "Home is where you park it." For members of the #vanlife community, there is no greater pleasure than driving down empty roads in their home-on-wheels, sleeping under the stars, …

Social Media

Photographer Lovingly Captures Candid and Theatrical Moments with Her 97-Year-Old Muse

When illustrator Marie Ulmer and photographer Candace Karch met in 2007, they became fast friends and embarked on an extraordinary photographic journey together. The two met at Bambi Gallery in Philadelphia when Candace represented the 97-year-old's work. Instantly, she was drawn to the older …


Flocks of Sheep Roam Across the Tuscan Countryside in Breathtaking Aerial Photos

During his summer and springtime trips to Italy, Polish photographer Marcin Sobas has captured captivating aerial views of Tuscany's sheep-filled scenery. In the undulating valleys of Siena and Val d'orcia, Sobas trekked across the hills to photograph a shepherd herding his flock of around 300 …


Gorgeous Photos Highlight Beautiful Intricacies of Birds' Feathers

As we've admired many times before, birds are wondrous, beautiful creatures. And in this series titled <i>Birds</i>, fashion photographer Thomas Lohr shows off their gorgeous plumage. He focuses on tightly-cropped, up-close shots of feathers, and he captures a variety of colors, textures, and movements …


Engaged Couple Shed Tears of Joy When They See Old Versions of Themselves

Thanks to Field Day and The Cut's 100 Years of Beauty series, an engaged couple was given the amazing opportunity to see what the future holds. With their wedding only one month away, Kristie and Tavis wanted to see what they would look like as they got older, so a team of skilled makeup artists …