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Peak Season

PSSST. What's the biggest open secret of mountain towns? Summer. "I came for the winter and stayed" is the locals' mantra, from Crested Butte, Colorado, to Stowe, Vermont. Once the snow melts,...

Big Bend National Park

Acres: 801,000 Contact: 432-477-2251 NATIONAL PARKS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES usually don’t mix—bikes are illegal on most park trails, and designated bike paths are often a...

North Cascades National Park

Acres: 684,302 Contact: 360-856-5700 THE NORTH CASCADES LOOK A LOT LIKE the Alps, with razorback peaks, alpine meadows, and plenty of glaciers. But the similarities to Europe...

Yellowstone National Park

Acres: 2,219,791 Contact: 307-344-7381COVERING 137 SQUARE MILES and perched above 7,700 feet, Yellowstone Lake is a formidable barrier between the tourist circus on the lake's...

Acadia National Park

Acres: 47,000 Contact: 207-288-3338 WITH ITS GRANITE-DOMED MOUNTAINS and sea-sprayed coastline, Acadia attracts summertime tourists like a backwater pond draws blackflies....

Mammoth Cave National Park

Acres: 52,830 Contact: 270-758-2180 YOU PROBABLY KNOW MAMMOTH CAVE for what lies beneath. This park, tucked away in the hills and hollows of central Kentucky, protects the...

Yosemite National Park

Acres: 761,266 Contact: 209-372-0200 YOSEMITE IS FAMOUSLY crowded—it draws 3.5 million visitors a year, more than the population of Mississippi—but it's easy to shake...

Lead On Me

CHRIS CONWAY Founder, Wild Basin Outfitters Rocky Mountain National Park, CO Conway is a crack high-country fishing guide who learned his craft as a kid growing up on...

Log Castle

Cabins on Cayo Costa Island Florida $30 per night; 941-964-0375 www.floridastateparks.org...

Pack a Fleece for Mexico

Q: Do you know of any great alpine backpacking destinations in Baja?—Cory Whitney, Bar Harbor, MaineAdventure Adviser:A: A four-day...

Falling for Yolo

CURIOSITY AND A PENCHANT FOR apricot bars led me to Yolo County. While driving to Lake Tahoe on countless weekend getaways from the Bay Area, I'd ogled the empty landscape stretching northwest...

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