Nature

Roam School

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, after my daughter, Zoe, woke me up for the third time because she was afraid of the snakes, I wondered if maybe this trip wasn't such a good idea after all. Earlier,...

Point Reyes Seashore Lodge

Ordinarily a downpour on vacation dampens my spirits, but when we awakened to rain at Northern California's Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, it only made me want to heap more blankets on the already...

The Birches Resort

After 20 minutes cruising in a pontoon boat across Moosehead Lake in central Maine, my three-year-old daughter, Cady, spied the payoff: "I see him! I see him!" she yelled, knocking my husband's...

Singing to the Grizzlies

32 YEARS AGO this summer, my pal, the crime novelist Jim Crumley, his overeducated farmer friend from Arkansas, Harold McDuffy, and yours truly hiked six miles to Bowman Lake in Glacier National...

The Best of the Rest

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Moab, Utah / 76,519 acres Your best (and perhaps only) bet for solitude in this popular park: Get up at dawn and HIKE the six-mile Devil's Garden loop...

Your Official National Parks Adventure Pass

Fifty-five parks, 70 all-new experiences, and nothing but long summer days ahead. Here's how to CLIMB. KAYAK, HIKE, FLY-FISH, MOUNTAIN BIKE, or just wander far from the maddening crowds in every...

Up Next

WHAT'S THE MOST likely place for the next national park? Sites in northern Maine, Hawaii, and coastal southern California have strong backing, but the best bet is the mountainous desert of south...

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...

Windows on the Wild

THE AREA AROUND the Telemark Inn, ten miles southwest of Bethel, Maine, is proof that "East Coast wilderness" is not an oxymoron. The pastoral New England lodge is surrounded by 780,000-acre...

Windows on the Wild

THE FOLKS WHO RUN THE BEST WILDERNESS LODGES are something like the best masseuses: They know exactly what you want and where you want it, and when they're done...oh, my. Breakfast is too good...

Nasty, Brutish, and Loud

BACK WHEN THEY WERE COURTING—back before their garage in McConnell, West Virginia, was filled with two monster all-terrain vehicles and three teeny-weeny ones—Bruce and Kim Browning...

Isla Non Grata

I WAS STUCK in the Two Turtles Bar, one of three sooty, misbegotten dens arrayed along Main Street in George Town, Bahamas. A succession of cold fronts had our 38-foot ketch, Lucy, pinned...

The Chosen Ones

Since 1972, UNESCO has bestowed 690 spots in 122 countries with the title "World Heritage Site," which translates to "a property of outstanding universal value." While 529 of these sites are...

The Lost World: Found

ON OUR FIRST DAY at camp, I sat in a small screened dining room, poking at the fly larvae wriggling through my fish. Next, a chicken foot appeared in the rice—a choice piece of meat if you...

Life's a Wild Trip

22. Jump Down the Food Chain USA / Alaska / Grizzlies of Coastal Katmai Your expedition leader, naturalist and photographer Matthias Breiter, will tell you to bring your good...

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