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.
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
The next time you head into the outdoors, take your experience up a notch with these creative twists
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.
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.
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
Think the central states are mostly flat and boring? These seven scenic byways will change your mind.
Explore lonely desert roads, venture deep into Utah's red-rock country, or head for the high alpine of the Rocky Mountains
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.
A day in Austin, Texas never disappoints—and L. Renee can prove it.
Watch as photographer and storyteller L. Renee explores the region’s historic, cultural, and outdoor hubs.
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
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.
Fun, easy-to-pull-off adventures within a couple hours of the Mile High City
Been to the Centennial State before and looking to go deeper? Check out these northern Colorado adventures.
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.
Utah’s national parks are iconic, but they’re just the tip of the adventure iceberg
Professional intel on the best crowd-free stargazing in one of the world's best night sky destinations
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
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
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
Take our quiz to unlock an adventure itinerary exactly right for you
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.
With a little planning and some commonsense precautions, including quarantine, winter adventures in the Green Mountain State are as ample as ever
Pitch a tent on these beach or desert campgrounds
After centuries of coal mining, West Virginia looks to a new form of economic growth
Mix, match, and click your way to the perfect backpacking kit
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
Five campsites with views worth the drive
From fishing to four-wheeling, these adventures are more accessible than you might think
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