United States

Float Free Water

The dismantling of the Elwha River’s dams in Olympic National Park will free some 70 miles of rollicking whitewater and serious salmon spawning grounds. Celebration is in order.

Cross the Border

Pack your passport and credit card but keep your panniers light for this six-day mission through the most majestic scenery south of Alaska.

Buy Lobster Off the Boat

The only thing better than paddling between empty islands for a few days? Doing so on a diet of fresh lobster.

Go Dark

On May 20, a swath of the American West from Oregon to New Mexico will catch an almost complete solar eclipse. There’s no better place to see this spooky phenomenon than Bryce Canyon National Park.

Paddle Among Icebergs

Glacier Bay is like a Whitman’s Sampler of Alaskan hallmarks: humpback whales, orcas, seals, eagles, brown bears, and building-size columns of ice plunging into the sea.

Get Dirty

Great Sand Dunes National Park is a terrific place to enjoy the splendors of nature. While going really, really fast.

Climb in Wonderland

There are more than 7,500 climbing routes in Joshua Tree, a mix of bolted and trad, all of them on remarkably clean monzogranite rock.

One-Up the Grand

The Grand Teton’s neighbor, the 12,804-foot Middle Teton, is a lot less likely to kill you, requires no ropes, and offers the same crazy views.

See A Wolf

Take five days to traverse the 40-mile Greenstone Ridge Trail, which spans Isle Royale’s entire windswept spine, keep quiet, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of the pack.

Park and Ride

Here’s a primer on the best existing bike-friendly trails in the national park system.

Brews with Views Raft Trips

The Brews with Views Raft Trip in Rogue River, Oregon, is the best beer fest for river rats.