National Parks

Domestic Abyss

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARYTHE WATERA diver navigating a dimly lit giant kelp forest gets that same hallowed feeling that a hiker has in the redwoods. But...

Domestic Abyss

YELLOWSTONE LAKE THE WATER Thermal vents that reach 250 degrees, moonscape craters as big as football fields, gaping fissures—it's enough to make you feel like you...

The Wild-Water Life List

1. Raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Arizona Plunge into 277 miles of Class I-V whitewater and spectacular red rocks. Get on the 12-year waiting list for individual...

6. Mount Rainier

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 14,410 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 8,990 feet * DURATION: Two to three days * SNAPSHOT: Fine-tune crevasse skills on this mighty Northwest...

The Ultimate Classroom

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

Crème de la Canada

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

Maine

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

California

With its 360-degree views of the Tuolumne backcountry, the 10,940-foot summit of Cathedral Peak is the best place to fully appreciate the majesty of Yosemite National Park. There's the granite...

Colorado

High-altitude Rocky Mountain National Park, bursting with 74 peaks over 12,000 feet, serves as an adventure training ground for my family. Our ultimate ambition is to summit 14,255-foot Longs...

Florida

Any fool living in Maine would seize the opportunity to sail with his family in the Florida Keys in November. Any fool, even if his wife, Lisa, was seven months pregnant and had suffered a near...

Tennessee

Tennessee's Goshen Prong Trail is so blissfully quiet you can hear twigs snap under your hiking boots and a creek, Goshen Prong, tumbling nearby. The leaves of the old-growth deciduous trees...

Off the Beaten Park

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

5. Grand Teton

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 13,770 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 6,920 feet * DURATION: Two to three days * SNAPSHOT: Lofty rock challenges on an icon of the West...

2. Longs Peak

* SUMMIT ELEVATION: 14,255 feet * TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 4,850 feet * DURATION: One Day * SNAPSHOT: Your first taste of thin air on a nontechnical ascent THE...

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