National Parks

The Best of the Rest

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Moab, Utah / 76,519 acres Your best (and perhaps only) bet for solitude in this popular park: Get up at dawn and HIKE the six-mile Devil's Garden loop...

Yosemite

Established 1890 761,266 Acres QUICK—TRY TO THINK of a national park whose icons are more familiar than Yosemite's masterpieces of rock and water: Half Dome, El Capitan,...

Isle Royale

Established 1940 571,790 Acres KAYAKERS COME to this roadless, carless Lake Superior island for its rocky shoreline; fishermen and canoeists, for its 22 inland lakes; backpackers, for...

Olympic

Established 1938 922,651 Acres FEW NATIONAL PARKS make picking your poison so gut-wrenching: Should you light out for the 7,000-foot-and-higher peaks, glaciers, and sparkling lakes of...

Rocky Mountain

Established 1915 265,769 Acres JUST AN HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE from Denver and less than an hour from Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park draws legions of Front Range residents with...

Glacier

Established 1910 1,013,572 Acres COMBINED WITH WATERTON LAKES, its sister park just across Canada's border, Glacier offers more than 700 miles of foot trails, 48 glaciers, 1,600-odd...

Canyonlands

Established 1964 337,598 Acres RENAISSANCE FUNHOGS, BRACE YOURSELVES: This new trip, combining three days of MOUNTAIN BIKING with five or six days of Colorado River

Yellowstone

Established 1872 2,219,791 AcresCONSIDERING ALL THE PUBLICITY and controversy that raged when wildlife biologists reintroduced gray wolves into Yellowstone in 1995 after their 60-year...

The Universe According to Guava

GUAVA JOE HAD LINEBACKER SHOULDERS, bowlegs, sun-bleached dirty-blond hair, and that hint of cynicism that comes from carving a life out of instructing landlocked tourists in Hawaii's highest...

Maui: Access and Resources

AT FIRST GLANCE, Maui, the second-most-visited island after Oahu, seems like a pie sliced in three: resort-complex Maui, golf-course Maui, and condo Maui. But there are plenty more pieces to go...

Oahu: Access and Resources

OTHER THAN SURFERS chasing down the legendary North Shore bombs, athletic travelers tend to think of Oahu as just an urban way station en route to the wilder neighbor islands. But Honolulu is...

Connecting the Bumps

CENTURIES BEFORE COLUMBUS MADE his little transatlantic trip, Polynesian wayfarers were crisscrossing vast stretches of the Pacific in their great voyaging canoes, guided only by their ancestral...

The Big Island: Access and Resources

FROM SEA LEVEL to the nearly 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea, the Big Island offers the greatest topographic relief and climatic diversity of any of the Hawaiian Islands. It's also large enough...

Kauai: Access and Resources

WHERE YOU GO AFTER landing in the town of Lihue depends on the island experience you're after: To reach the wet, tropical side of Kauai and the dramatic Na Pali Coast, head north on the Kuhio...

The New Fusion

TAKE TWO FAVORITE PASTIMES of the ancient Hawaiians—surfing and kite flying. Toss them into the Cuisinart of new-sport inspiration, press the frappé button, and out pours kiteboarding....

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