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Alaska Cool Down

Try summiting one of Southeast Alaska's 16,000-foot peaks and you'll run into a few potholes—literally. Thousands of pits (or moulins), up to 300 feet deep, scar 3.2 million glaciated acres of...

Stage Fright

Ever watched Tour de France cyclists suffering through the Alps and Pyrenees and wondered what it felt like? You don't have to go to Europe to find out. The U.S. has Tour-worthy climbs of its...

That Had to Hurt

When it comes to writing about a subject that's so bleak and depressing that commercial failure seems all but guaranteed, it's hard to beat the book that Michael Ghiglieri, a longtime Colorado...

Wanted: Your Favorite Towns

Are you in love with your home? We're scouring the country to find the best places to live, work, and play for our annual Best Towns issue, and we want you to contribute. Tell us why we should...

Zion

First called Zion by an early Mormon homesteader, this corner of southwestern Utah does seem like utopia. The 229-square-mile maze of red and orange sandstone—carved into massive canyons,...

Pushing the Boundaries

This is what the last straw looks like: a parade of Harleys and their leather-clad riders rolling past the granite monoliths and spiky plants of California's Joshua Tree National Park. After a...

Yosemite

There's nothing like driving into Yosemite for the first time to see El Capitan and Half Dome shooting thousands of feet into the California sky from the valley floor. But if you spend your...

Rocky Mountain

Cue John Denver. With more than 60 mountains soaring 12,000 feet or higher—capped off by 14,255-foot Longs Peak—this Colorado park, just 65 miles north of Denver, offers enough Rocky...

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