North & Central America

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...

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...

Acadia

Established 1919 47,498 Acres NEW ENGLAND'S ONLY NATIONAL PARK, Acadia manages to shoehorn some 2.8 million annual visitors into its compact landscape, the bulk of it on Mount Desert...

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...

Theodore Roosevelt

Established 1947 70,447 Acres "A DESOLATE, GRIM BEAUTY," said this park's namesake, who hunted bison and dabbled in cattle ranching on its stark rolling prairies and broken badlands...

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...

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...

Lake Clark

IF YOU'RE LIKE ALMOST EVERYONE else on earth, you've managed to overlook Alaska's Lake Clark National Park and Preserve and its four million acres of stunning alpine and tundra wilderness....

Great Smoky Mountains

Established 1934 521,490 Acres IN THE SMOKIES, the numbers tell good news and bad: 930 miles of trails, almost 500 miles of fishable streams, hazy blue ridges topping out above 6,000...

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...

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....

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...

This Mud's for You

I HAD BEEN WARNED. "It's gonna be wet out there!" Grant Mitchell announced at least four times during the five-minute van ride from the upcountry town of Waimea to the Mud Lane turnoff. After...

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