Emily Pennington

Emily Pennington

Emily Pennington is Outside Online’s parks and travel columnist. She’s written for The Guardian, Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Adventure JournalREI, and Backpacker, to name a few. When she’s not sleeping in the dirt, she’s frantically working on a book about visiting every U.S. national park, slated for release in 2022.

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Teetering on the Edge of Volcanoes

Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park is an undiscovered hiker’s dream, and it’s the 31st stop on our 62 Parks Traveler’s quest to visit every park in the U.S.

Emily Pennington
Mar 3, 2021

Standing Up to a Bear in Kings Canyon

Vast mountains, majestic waterfalls, and a hungry bear are some of what our 62 Parks traveler encountered at her 30th park on her quest to visit every park in the U.S.

Emily Pennington
Feb 24, 2021

Staring Down Fear in Voyageurs National Park

Welcome to Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes and home to the Boundary Waters. Our 62 Parks Traveler found her own private island at her 28th stop on her quest to visit every national park in the U.S.

Emily Pennington
Jan 28, 2021

Nature Is in Charge at Glacier National Park

Despite cold temperatures and rain, our 62 Parks columnist still found plenty of hiking and mountain vistas at the 26th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park

Emily Pennington
Dec 18, 2020

Grand Teton Is a Hiker's Park

With more than 200 miles of trails, there's a lot to explore in this iconic Wyoming attraction. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 25th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park.

Emily Pennington
Nov 23, 2020

Visiting Sacred Ground at Wind Cave National Park

Our 62 Parks Traveler explores miles of hiking trails and one of the largest remaining mixed-grass prairie ecosystems in the country at South Dakota's Wind Cave, the 21st stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park.

Emily Pennington
Oct 12, 2020

Travel Back in Time at Mesa Verde

Explore the dwellings and terrain of the Ancestral Pueblo people at this western Colorado park. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 20th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park.

Emily Pennington
Sep 27, 2020