This Stash Is Your Stash

Jun 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
national parks

Bass Harbor lighthouse, in Maine's Acadia National Park

There’s more than one way to take in the adventure and splendor of America’s national parks. So we’re serving up a prize package of SECRET TRIPS—locals’ no-tell favorites, from Acadia to Yellowstone to wildest Alaska—along with a roundup of DREAM TOWNS nearby, the places to eat, drink, and dance after a day or three in backcountry heaven. Throw away the guidebook: These trips are just between us

Capitol Reef National Park
Slide into Utah's Canyon Wonderland

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Trek Alaska's Monster Backcountry

Virgin Islands National Park
Splash in St. John's Wide-Open Waters

North Cascades National Park
Ride Tall in Washington's Wildest Range

Yellowstone National Park
Paddle Wyoming's Secret Sea

Big Bend National Park
Wheel Through Endless Texas Backlands

Acadia National Park
Set Sail on Maine's Rocky Coast

Mammoth Cave National Park
Crawl and Canoe in Kentucky's Multisport Adventureland

Yosemite National Park
Hike to Sweet Solitude in the Sierra

PLUS: Josh Shaffer—a man hell-bent on exploring every one of America's national parks—gives you his own personal recommendations and eight great guides who take you the heart of their favorite parks.