North & Central America

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...

Olympic

The silver lining to more than 200 inches of annual precipitation is this: more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, 60 named glaciers, spectacular wildflowers, crashing surf, and fauna like...

Acadia

Thank God for aristocracy. When John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his Gilded Age pals decided to share some of their private summer playground on Maine's Mount Desert Island, they donated what would...

Glacier

Before global warming renders it the "Park Formerly Known as Glacier," visit this northern Montana refuge to appreciate its 700-plus miles of trails, 653 lakes, dozens of glaciers, and hundreds...

Joshua Tree

Though its Seussian vegetation will have you on the lookout for lorax crossing signs, California's Joshua Tree isn't some arid novelty. When it became a national monument, in 1936, visitors...

Yellowstone

The world's first national park is more than just Yogi Bear and Old Faithful, though the latter is nicely emblematic. The park sits atop more geothermal features—geysers, hot springs, steam...

Big Bend

In southwest Texas, they say it can get "hotter than a goat's ass in a pepper patch." But with the Chisos Mountains rising more than 7,500 feet from the Chihuahuan Desert in the center of the...

Great Smoky Mountains

You'll find a different definition of "Southern Gothic" in the Smokies. A place of mist-shrouded ridgelines and truly primeval chunks of eastern old-growth forest, this park—which straddles...

The Hole Shebang

There’s something sublime about a dip in a natural swimming hole, be it a lazy oxbow in a cool river, a hillside nook fed by a subterranean hot-spring, or a limestone bowl bored out by a 40-foot...

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