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Joshua Tree National Park

The closest National Park Unit to Los Angeles (in travel time), Joshua Tree is known as one of the world’s best rock climbing areas, but the desert …

National Parks

Best snowshoeing in Colorado: 5 hikes for beginners

Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post fileA trio of snowshoers make their way along the trail toward a 10th Mountain Division Hut outside of Leadville …

The National Parks are overcrowded. Here’s how to visit them without being part of the problem.

THE SELFIE GENERATION HAS DECIDED that being outdoors is epic, but their timing could’ve been better. Over the course of the last five years, the US …

10 Avalanche Safety Apps You Want to Have in 2017

Avy Savvy on Your Smartphone<p>Are you one of those folks who relentlessly hate technology, because they make us lazy and give us instant (and often …

Avalanche Warnings: Know Before You Go – Interactive Maps

<i>(Maps Courtesy of Avalanche.org)</i><p>With the major storms sweeping across the West that have left resorts closed due to high avalanche danger, we have …

19 U.S. museums with outstanding architecture

When design and art collide<p><i>Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, U.S. museums house some of the finest art in the world. While it’s easy to get caught up in the …

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National park photo ops: Here's what to do with a canyon view

Canyonlands National Park lives up to its name with views that seem to stretch forever. Try using framing devices like trees and branches to highlight features like the Candlestick Tower.<p>Though this this photo was taken in late morning, the best times of day are sunrise and sunset.<p><i>In honor of this</i> …

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Go Take a Hike! 50 of the Best U.S. Hiking Trails

<i>Have You Hiked the Featured Trail in Your State?</i> <i><br>-- By Melissa Rudy, Staff Writer</i><br>Hiking isn’t just a great way to get fit: For many, it’s a way to …

Seven Tips for Exploring Redwood National Park

Your guide to seeing the tallest trees in the world.<p>Arguably as American as apple pie and baseball, the Redwood National and State Parks of …

Why winter can be the best time to visit Yosemite National Park

Visitor numbers drop dramatically and you practically have the park to yourself<p>In the summer months, some 600,000 people visit Yosemite National Park a month.<p>Anyone who has spent time at what may be California's most popular outdoor attraction in July or August knows it can be a zoo with traffic …

National park tips: See the Colorado River turn on itself like a coiling snake

Horseshoe Bend, four miles southwest of Page, Ariz., on U.S. Route 89, will mess with your head.<p>You look straight down, 1,000 feet, at a 270-degree bend in the Colorado River. It looks like the river is swallowing itself.<p>Officially it's part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Yet there are …

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Big Secret, Big Bend

Tucked like a secret into a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande is Big Bend National Park, a hiker’s paradise, birder’s mecca, stargazer’s heaven, and …

National Parks

This is when you can enter America’s National Parks for free in 2017

If you’re pinching pennies while travelling around the US next year there’s good news – the National Parks Service is offering up ten days of free entry to all of the country’s parks in 2017.<p>The National Parks Service has spent 2016 celebrating its centennial, which included offering 16 days free …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.<p><i>Melissa Stanger contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Our alternative list of Himalayan authors | Letters

We were intrigued by Robert Twigger’s Top 10 books about the Himalayas (theguardian.com, 9 November), which consists almost entirely of books by foreign travellers and mountaineers. It reminded us of Edward Said’s reference, in Orientalism, to the western belief that “the Orient” cannot represent …

My Journey Into The Scottish Highlands: Mountains, Lochs, and Glens | World Travel Guide - Part 5

Steall Falls Trail<p>Crossing a Sketchy Wire Bridge<p>Hiking The Highlands<p>If you’re a hiker, the Scottish Highlands have trails for all levels. Lochaber is …

10 Places in the American Southwest You Have to Visit

The American Southwest is pumped full of potential for new experiences. It’s the ideal place to explore your adventurous side while indulging in a …