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Most Popular Mountain Bike Trails in the US and Canada, State-by-State (2017)

Singletracks collects trail reviews from thousands of mountain bikers each year, and we use the ratings from those reviews to rank the best trails. …

Road Tripping Montana and Wyoming's National Parks on a Budget

Gawk at the glorious vistas dotting Glacier National Park. (Photo: Getty Images)<p>From Devils (Tower) hot to Glacier (National Park) cool, a road trip …

Why cycling is the greatest way to see Britain – and 10 routes you must tackle

As I dragged my tired body up the last climb, each limb straining and aching with every turn of the pedals, the distant rattle of cowbells drew slowly closer. I (slowly) rounded the corner at the crest of the hill, and the source of the rattling appeared. Crowds cheered my arrival, rang their …

Nine Lessons from a Year Living on the Road

On our first anniversary in Artemis, our Airstream, we ended up exactly where we started—dry camped outside of Gold Canyon, Arizona. It was never a plan to be there. But we’d just flown in from an assignment in Siberia, with minus-20-degree temps for several weeks, and though we were due back in …

26 reasons why camping is amazing

What is it about camping that makes us love it so much? <i>Camping</i> magazine editor Iain Duff shares his top reasons for heading out in a tent<p><b>1</b> …

Field Tested: Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium

In the last several years my manifest of electronic gadgets has ballooned to include cameras, phones, tablets, GPS devices, lights, and of course I …

This woman travelled 11,000 miles around Europe in a converted school bus

While most students have some memory of taking a long trip on a school bus, one couple has taken an extended “field trip” and travelled more than 11,000 miles around Europe in a converted rural school bus.<p>Lily Kemp, a 24-year-old born in the UK who grew up in Devonport in New Zealand and her …

What’s the deal with AEV’s new Recruit?

With the recent retirement of the Brute Double Cab, we knew it was only a matter of time before AEV’s engineers unveiled a new line of vehicle …

How a Random Laotian Motorcycle Led to an Endless Road Trip

This is a story of love. Before they met, Natasha and Pete had a passionate love of long-term international and domestic travel. Separately, they …

Skycamp Rooftop Tents

Easy to install and surprisingly spacious, Skycamp Rooftop Tents are a sensible alternative to a traditional camper. Closed inside a clamshell-like …

How to road trip Oregon

Oregon is just one of those states that’s meant for road trips. Between the rugged coastline, the verdure of the Western Cascades, and the high …

Journey Across 7 Countries on the World's Newest Long-Distance Trail

Hiking this 1,200-mile-long trail along the Dinaric Alps is worth the trek.<p>The mountains have vanished in swirling mist. Deep in the highlands of Bosnia and Herzegovina, peaks roll under a wet blanket of fog. Each step is a good faith effort to believe the summit is in blind reach. My hiking …

Adventure Travel

The Unglamorous Realities of #VanLife and How to Make Life on the Road Work

MacKenzie and Tommy are living the dream. They’re traveling the world rent-free, accompanied by an awesome dog, doing all the climbing, mountain biking, and dirt biking they feel like. They pay for it all by making art on the side and keeping expenses to a minimum. Moving into a van was the …

Photography Guide to Northern Spain

Photographing Northern Spain<p>Northern Spain has grown to become one of my favorite locations for landscape photography. Since living there for one …

Inside a Diesel-Powered Vanagon Syncro

If (somehow) you need more proof that the Vanagon Syncro 4WD makes one of the greatest adventuremobiles of all time, look no further than Greg and Katie Blachon's van. These two bought it for $500 and spent three years modifying it with upgrades like a Subaru diesel engine, a camper top, and solar …

Ivory-Sniffing Dogs Are Running Down Poachers Across Africa

They find contraband goods in exchange for tennis balls.<p>Over the past few years the African poaching crisis has devolved into an overt war on the continent's iconic wildlife. Everything from rhinos to lions to giraffes are routinely slaughtered or enslaved for sale to criminal wildlife traffickers, …

Outside Van Valhalla 4×4 Camper

Complete with everything you need for an on-the-road lifestyle.

Campers

Going on Safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana

As we pulled in to our campsite at the Thebe River Lodge in the town of Kasane, Botswana, I could feel my excitement growing. Not necessarily for the …

Has Lake Tahoe ever looked more beautiful than it does right now?

A powerful and unrelenting winter blast coated the Northern Sierra Nevada this winter.<p>Back-to-back storms buried the Lake Tahoe area in snow, crippling transportation, shuttering ski resorts, knocking out power and disrupting the daily lives of thousands.<p>In the first three weeks of January alone, …

Historic Gift Helps Chile Protect Switzerland-size Land Area

Former CEO of Patagonia pledges to hand over private parks.<p>In a ceremony on the edge of South America’s famed Pumalín Park, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and the American philanthropist Kristine Tompkins today pledged to expand Chile’s national parkland by 10 million acres. In what has been …

Conservation

Revolutionary Ride: In Search of the Real Iran

Iran teems with contradictions. Persian rugs are sold in bazaars next to knock-off American perfumes, <i>chador</i> covered women window shop for miniskirts, …

Oregon Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal Would Eliminate Treasured Mountain Bike Access

In what is becoming a depressingly-common phenomenon, yet more access to classic mountain biking trails is threatened by the potential creation of …

How to see Africa by rail (without spending a small fortune)

I am awakened in the middle of the night by a sudden jolt and look blearily out of the window. In the inky darkness no land is visible and all I see is the heavens ablaze with stars. I feel I am in a spaceship, drifting among them.<p>In fact I am on the Shosholoza Meyl, a long-distance train on its …

The 16+ ultimate experiences to have in Russia

Photo: Pexels<p>Russia’s in the news a lot, but most of our images of it are hopelessly outdated Cold War cliches. The largest country in the world has …

Featured Vehicle: Expedition Overland’s Toyota Tacoma

It was over a year ago when we got a chance to spend some time behind the wheel of one of the two Expedition Overland Toyota 4Runners. That truck had …

Woman quits her job to travel the world in a teardrop trailer

<b>A woman is pursuing her dream by travelling the world in a teardrop trailer.</b><p>8 things you'll only understand if you take medication for your mental …

A Man, His Wife and a Sidecar Adventure

The northern portions of the Pacific Northwest spoil road-trippers when it comes to winding asphalt and inspiring backdrops. If you take the time to …

This modular camper van is one for the dogs (and their owners)

Camper vans are a great option for adventurous couples and small families looking to get out and see the countryside. The all new Dogscamper van …

Video: Searching for the Perfect Shot with Wildlife Photographer Michel d’Oultremont

What does it take for a photographer to get the perfect wildlife shot? Patience. Lots and lots of patience. In this video we head out into the …

Photography

23+ spots that will make you proud to be from California

Photo: Pexels<p>The state of California with its natural setting, world-class surf spots, mountains, wine country, and desert terrain make it the most …