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The past year showed us all that having access to the outdoors is essential for our health and well-being. It also magnified the inequities inherent in that access. For 2021’s Best Towns package, we chose 13 of the country’s most diverse places and evaluated them according to the factors that matter today: sustainability, affordability, and outdoor equity. Here are the cities of tomorrow.

The stunning, adventure-filled road parallels the eastern Sierra Nevada and has ample stops for hot springs, hikes, and backcountry skiing

Climate change is wreaking havoc on the timing and quality of fall foliage, but scientists have a few tips on how to catch the season’s best colors

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Whether you’re looking for a guided island tour or a scenic river to fly-fish for trout, we tracked down the best places to cast a line in our national parks.

You can’t beat the desert vibes at these stunning vacation homes, all minutes from California’s most laid-back national park

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The next time you head into the outdoors, take your experience up a notch with these creative twists

The yoga superstar dishes on her hometown’s best vegetarian breakfast tacos, dog-walking trails, and donation-based yoga for all

From Arkansas to Wyoming, these abandoned towns are packed with history and located on stunning public land. For some of them, it’s an adventure just to reach them.

The movement for resorts, climbing routes, and other well-known destinations to get rid of offensive monikers is a step in the right direction, but there’s still more work to be done

From towering waterfalls to long-distance trails, this 90-mile stretch of Route 20 packs the region’s best adventures into one trip

Moab isn’t the only place to go. Explorer and professional skier Kalen Thorien shares her intel on how to find adventures off the beaten path.

We’ve found the most adventure-packed routes for your road-trip bucket list

In the same way that backcountry skiers read avalanche reports and whitewater kayakers check water levels, anyone hiking in the West needs to start planning for fires as a baseline safety precaution

If you were as caught off guard by the end of summer as we were, here are some easy-to-plan itineraries for the long weekend

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Statewide grassroots efforts to protect, conserve, and ensure access to natural resources are what makes the Green Mountain State such a haven for outdoor recreation

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Think the central states are mostly flat and boring? These seven scenic byways will change your mind.

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Explore lonely desert roads, venture deep into Utah's red-rock country, or head for the high alpine of the Rocky Mountains

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From California's sheer cliffs to Oregon's craggy mountains, the west coast of the U.S. is home to some of the planet's most stunning scenery. Here's how to see the best of it.

What started as a fun personal challenge turned into a three-year van-life journey that pushed our writer to explore the most remote coasts in the United States

Think hotels with bike washing stations and retreats with spin classes, all located near miles of empty singletrack

Take a break from NPS crowds by visiting these lesser-known designations, which we chose based on spectacular scenery, great hiking trails, and unique features.

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A day in Austin, Texas never disappoints—and L. Renee can prove it.

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Watch as photographer and storyteller L. Renee explores the region’s historic, cultural, and outdoor hubs.

These listings are as close to the park entrances as you can get

Thanks to the rise of engineered parks, it’s now easier than ever to learn to surf a wave in a kayak

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From paved city paths to mountain-peak trails, there’s something for every kind of runner in Texas

On a backpacking trip through Utah’s Buckskin Gulch with ultralight gear legend Glen Van Peski, our writer learns about the Crotch Pot, an Oscar-winning actor’s anti-snoring technique, and that there’s a whole lot of shit you don’t need when you’re on the trail 1,000 miles from home

We found the best places to pitch your tent in all 50 states, so you don’t have to.

More than 3,000 people attempt to walk the entire Appalachian Trail every year. Only about a quarter of them succeed. This intel from an AT thru-hiker provides key information to help you tackle and complete the 2,193-mile trek from Georgia to Maine.

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Fun, easy-to-pull-off adventures within a couple hours of the Mile High City

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Been to the Centennial State before and looking to go deeper? Check out these northern Colorado adventures.

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Whether you're new to off-roading or have been exploring for years, add these trail systems to your hit list

Because there’s no better way to experience a national park than by sleeping in it

It’s finally time to take that beach vacation. You might as well post up right by the ocean.

All you need is a long weekend to get out, get lost, and find yourself again. From Asheville to Seattle, we’ve researched the best three-day wilderness trips within road-tripping distance from a city.

You don’t have to head to Europe to hike to a backcountry chalet. Here are the most spectacular stateside options, ranging from rustic to full-service experiences.

From Maine to Alaska, we’ve done all the research for you to camp in style while visiting America’s best idea this summer

Make this summer all about exploring off-the-beaten-path adventures within a few hours of your home

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Utah’s national parks are iconic, but they’re just the tip of the adventure iceberg

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Professional intel on the best crowd-free stargazing in one of the world's best night sky destinations

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Expert recommendations for extended adventuring around each of southern Utah's Mighty 5 national parks

If you’re worried about how the current campsite and rental-car shortages are going to impact your summer travels, consider these options. We’ve rounded up our favorite companies in six cities, plus the itineraries to test them out on.

From surfing the coast of Maine to exploring slot canyons in Utah, these adventures will make the whole family happy

Campgrounds at popular national parks started booking up six months ago, but don’t fret: these strategies will help you to find a great spot to pitch a tent all summer long

From a trail in Isle Royale National Park with spectacular views to a hike that hits four 6,000-foot peaks in 30 miles, these are our favorite classic routes in the U.S.

Your bucket list should go beyond national parks. This decision tree will help you find lesser known locations with half the crowds.

With pandemic-fueled use on the rise, it’s a good thing trail builders have been busy opening new pathways for you to hike, run, and bike

Where to snag late-season deals, uncrowded slopes, and good-quality snow well into April

Thanks to their proximity, these Airbnbs book up fast. Make your summer reservation now.

With cruise traffic set to be at an all-time low this summer, you’ll be able to have the 49th state all to yourself

Whether you’re after a beachfront campsite, some good juju, or a cabin built for mountain bikers, we’ve got a spring travel deal for you

Snag some of the best spots to pitch a tent during peak season

It’s just south of the border yet entirely a world away from the typical American outdoor experience. Here’s how to camp your way down the Mexican peninsula.

Traveling with your pod? Buy out these places for private stays.

Our seven picks for cross-country-skiing trail networks that make for perfect, crowd-free winter outings

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There's never been a better time to explore the Centennial State. Here's why.

The colder months are the perfect time to visit national parks, with fewer crowds and endless adventure. Stay at one of these dreamy base camps.

After a challenging summer and fall, we're all wondering what the ski season has in store. Don't worry: resorts are working hard to open and ensure a safe experience for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to delight in the white stuff. Here's the lowdown. 

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With a little planning and some commonsense precautions, including quarantine, winter adventures in the Green Mountain State are as ample as ever

Pull your van or RV into the cheapest slopeside lodging you can find: an overnight parking space

The ideal over-the-top holiday gift this year? A private ski experience.

Both the world-weary and stoked-on-life congregate at these wild outposts—all seeking the same euphoric joy, communality, and escapism

After centuries of coal mining, West Virginia looks to a new form of economic growth

Many backcountry huts are now available as private rentals, so you and your pod can have the entire place for yourselves. From Maine to Washington, here are a few of our favorites.

From Washington to California, here are nine of our favorite short treks along the famous route

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Mix, match, and click your way to the perfect backpacking kit

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From traversing forgotten Pacific coastline to walking back in geologic time in Wisconsin, these backpacking trails are unlike anything else

From Red Lady Films comes a story about Crested Butte, Colorado, a small mountain town that has always been defined by its people

We asked 13 major resorts what operational plans are in place for this winter. Their answers ranged from après-ski in a private dome to parking spots you need to reserve.

Given that most of us have stayed put for the past few months, the Outside staff came up with some exciting ways to make the most of being on the home front. Puppy, anyone?

From Alabama to Wyoming, we found the best off-grid sites for chilling out, escaping the hordes, and finding adventure

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From fishing to four-wheeling, these adventures are more accessible than you might think

With stormchasing tours more popular than ever, our writer set out to discover why this risky pastime is once again taking off

These eight rentals are the ultimate social-distancing hacks

These affordable digs are within driving distance from major cities but feel like far-away escapes