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8. Hit Your Plateau

You've seen the geysers and spotted a bison or two. But have you played in Yellowstone without the 3,640,185 other annual visitors? Between July 1 and August 14, the Park Service awards permits...

6. Take the Hard Way

Those who dismiss the parks as tourist traps obviously haven't spent much time around the Grand Teton, Mount Rainier, or Denali, three unforgiving peaks that host some of the hairiest, most...

Freedom to Roam

10. Look NorthDENALI NATIONAL PARK, KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK, AND LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK, ALASKATwo of the year's most exciting new trips are in the great white...

5. Put the Groms on Belay

Want to explore Yosemite but have extra baggage? Take the kids and sample some of the park's best adventures on Austin-Lehman Adventures' new family-friendly trip. Kids as young...

4. Float Your Fancy

Snowpack in the Flathead River drainage was up 25 percent this winter. That means the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead—a 50-mile Class III–IV beauty on the southwestern border of Glacier—will...

3. Paddle the Northwest

The best way to beat Olympic's crowds? Sea-kayak the park's remote Pacific coast. Go in July or August, when the swells are usually below six feet and the spectacular 64-mile out-and-back from...

2. Find the Next Narrows

Chances are you know someone who has hiked the Narrows, Zion's iconic 16-mile slot canyon. But you've probably never heard of Parunuweap Canyon. It's time to acquaint yourself. "Parunuweap is...

1. Win the Lottery

River rats used to have two options for floating the Grand: fork over a small fortune for a commercial trip or wait in line for decades to score a DIY permit. But the park recently overhauled...

Amangiri

TAGS: SLOT CANYON, VIA FERRATA, INFINITY POOLIt's as indulgent as every resort in the über-luxe Aman chain, but the 18-month-old Amangiri property makes this list because...

Highland Lodge at Crawford Notch

TAGS: MOUNT WASHINGTON, GREEN BUILDING, SNOWSHOESThis 34-room eco-friendly lodge—it's built of recycled steel and heated with a biomass-burning boiler—is less...

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

TAGS: PRIVATE ISLAND, LOGGERHEAD TURTLES, GATORS, MINT JULEPSReachable only by boat, 15-square-mile Little St. Simons is one of the few undeveloped barrier islands off the...

Tordrillo Lodge

TAGS: HELI-SKIING, WOOD-FIRED HOT TUB, FIVE SPECIES OF SALMONThere may be no other place in the world that delivers such astounding adventure options from one hub. Five...

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