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Website TravelLens recently analyzed reviews of 6,000 U.S. state parks to determine the champion

Anyone driving an OHV on public lands in the state will need to complete a free online program

Travel to earth’s final frontiers is more possible than ever before, with exciting plans on the horizon. The question today isn’t whether you can actually get there anymore, but whether you can afford it.

Swedish novelist John Ajvide Lindqvis created a scary audio story geo-locked within his country’s borders to lure visitors into its beautiful natural areas. For Halloween only, you can listen to it anywhere in the world.

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From outdoor adventure to sampling local food culture, here’s how to enjoy the Green Mountain State

It’s like sustainable tourism 2.0—with a focus on leaving destinations better than we found them.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency, spearheaded the effort to rename U.S. landmarks bearing the offensive term

If you don’t want your phone to ring, just turn it off

Yellowstone and Death Valley. Now Joshua Tree. What the hell is going on in our national parks?

“Um, don’t do drugs kids (and don’t start spiders on fire during a drought),” Utah governor Spencer Cox tweeted Tuesday

Officials are investigating a triple homicide at Maquoketa Caves State Park, a popular area for spelunkers and casual hikers

Mega cruise ships stopped sailing to Key West, Florida, during the height of COVID-19. Many locals appreciated the resulting peace and quiet and won a vote for large ships not to return. But the fight’s not over.

A program called Malama Hawaii is connecting hotel and restaurant visitors with environmental nonprofits to tackle the state’s mounting plastic-pollution problem

Across the country, hard-to-nab spots are sitting vacant. How do we make sure these coveted spaces aren’t going to waste?

Citing Utah’s record on public lands, dozens of outdoor brands released a statement this week protesting the trade show’s potential return to Salt Lake City

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With plenty of good food and drinks, events, and nightlife, there’s a lot more to Reno-Tahoe than its phenomenal skiing

The host of CNN’s ‘United Shades of America’ on what we learn when we engage with communities very different than our own

W. Kamau Bell, the host of ‘United Shades of America,’ sits down with fellow comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston for a lively conversation on what we learn about this country when we engage with communities very different than our own

Writer Jason Motlagh has been reporting in Afghanistan since 2006, which has involved developing close relationships with Afghan journalists and their families. He and a network of media colleagues are currently in a race to get more than 100 of them out of the country as the Taliban cracks down.

To live in the small town of Haines, Alaska, is to live with bears, with roughly one brown bear for every nine human residents. Last winter, a local snowboarder woke a hibernating brown bear in the backcountry and was severely injured, furthering tensions between food-stressed bears and anxious local residents. But in most encounters, it’s the bear that ends up dead, prompting the question of what it means to coexist.

After her prestigious corporate job nearly destroyed her, Melinda Spooner found her path forward by getting way, way out there

A new wave of companies disrupting private-plane travel have made it more accessible to hop on a small chartered flight to regional destinations that are closer to outdoor playgrounds than any large airport

In New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, local stewards have banded together to persuade private landowners to allow access to backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and other kinds of outdoor recreation

Key beta on snagging a ticket to your favorite park this year

Anticipating even bigger crowds this summer than last, public-lands officials have been grappling with how to manage the masses. For many, that’s meant introducing permit systems. But is limiting access the only solution?

Spun-out Teslas on snowy roads. Cabins bought for cash, sight unseen. A shoveling disaster. Locals bemoan the pandemic-induced migration of Bay Area residents to the mountains. But there are two sides to the Zoom-town story.

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The Grand Canyon State’s namesake park is just the start—in every corner of Arizona, there are public lands and trails for every kind of adventurer. Use the map below to find your next Arizona adventure.

After a long year of staying put during COVID-19, families are dreaming of spring breaks and summer vacations. But should you book that flight? Our experts weigh in.

Permits, education, and increased fees are all on the table as possible solutions

Parts of the state have been overrun by tourists for years. When COVID-19 hit, the islands got a much needed pause. Will it change the future of tourism there for good?

Forget visiting the app store every time you visit a national park. This new, free release provides all kinds of maps, must-hike trails, food recommendations, and more for all of its 423 units.

Although the concept has been OK'd, that doesn't mean it will be implemented. Here's what former government officials, local guides, and environmental experts told Outside about its possible implications on Africa's highest peak.

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From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, here's what you need to know

The underrated West Virginia adventure hub is finally getting the recognition it deserves

When will we be able to take international trips again? Medical and travel experts weigh in.

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From backcountry skiing to DIY surfboard building, the Northeast is rewriting the rules of adventure

The Department of Transportation has finally reclassified emotional support animals as pets. Here's how that will affect your ability to fly with your dog next year. 

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In Colorado, backcountry adventures and backyard hangouts happen in the same day

Carbon offsets are confusing, and many people wonder how—or if—they even work. Hoping to find a more guilt-free way to travel, frequent flier Tim Neville heads to the ranchlands of Montana to see what an offset looks like on the ground. Hint: it involves cows.

From a cult-favorite publisher launching a national-parks series to a Kevin Costner–narrated app, these five new releases are reinventing the traditional field guide

Fed up with packed trails and parking lots, small groups of people have begun to summit in the dark

As RV rentals and purchases continue to skyrocket, these three startups are going beyond the basic rental scheme to be more on demand, millennial focused, and remote-work-friendly

Eastern Airlines relaunched in January with a plan to fly adventurous millennials to underserved locales. Then the pandemic hit, and the company had to get creative.

Travel is poised to make a strong comeback, according to experts. We talked to guides, company founders, flight specialists, and industry veterans to determine how getting out in the world will change post-pandemic.

Could the company's latest play to own the experience economy transport me virtually around the world? I made sangria with drag queens in Portugal, meditated with sleepy sheep in Scotland, and visited stray dogs in Ukraine to find out just how far Zoom-powered travel could take me.

A new United Nations report finds that Scandinavian nations continue to be the happiest in the world. Here's why.

Notoriously crowded beaches, national parks, and other classic travel destinations are now vacant and quiet. See the difference in these before and after COVID-19-shutdown photos.

Leave it to the Faroe Islands to come up with the most clever virtual tour we've seen. In their new tourism program, a Faroese resident becomes your local avatar, guiding you around the stunning archipelago in real time.

Last December, around 100 tourists set out for New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, where an active volcano has attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers since the early 1990s. It was supposed to be a routine six-hour tour, including the highlight: a quick hike into the island's otherworldly caldera. Then the volcano exploded. What happened next reveals troubling questions about the risks we're willing to take when lives hang in the balance.

Think vanlifers have a unique advantage during a pandemic? Think again.

Get these products for a future trip and their companies will give back to those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

While reporting a story about skiing in Spain, Kade Krichko felt far away from the coronavirus, until he watched it take over

The popular Maine national park will begin testing a reservation system for driving on certain roads in fall 2020 to help alleviate congestion

Practical steps anyone can take to minimize exposure to the next possible pandemic

Bluebird Backcountry is an avalanche- and ski-patrolled ski area where you'll have to climb to earn your turns

The Department of Transportation might ban ESAs from air travel

Adrenaline filmmakers Teton Gravity Research are entering the travel space. Now you can hang out with their athletes and videographers at the company's Jackson hotel, or splurge on one of their new Fantasy Trips and ski with the TGR athlete of your choice.

How to keep your devices safe when you park at a trailhead

An online environmental vigilante plans to publish a blacklist of influencers who trample flowers and deface nature for clicks. Some say it's bullying.

Snag some major airfare discounts on your next trip

Despite decades of conflict, Palestine is home to an up-and-coming climbing scene centered around top-notch—and untouched—limestone. A new guidebook hopes to show locals and foreigners alike how to navigate the region's rock safely and help foster cross-cultural understanding.

Alaska Airlines's latest flight promotion to Hawaii offers cheaper tickets for bigger waves—but you only have a few days to snag a deal

In this episode of the Fifty, a project by Cody Townsend, he links up with Len Necefer and Connor Ryan to ski Utah's Mount Tukuhnikivatz

Australia's Uluru has closed for climbing. That sheds light on other bucket-list destinations you could be doing better.

In 'Pressure,' Mark Healey explains how his connection to the ocean influences his time hunting in the hills

In the remote Soviet mining village of Jyrgalan, Kyrgyzstan, resident Emil Ibakov is driving a tourist economy

On October 6, Nabongo became the first documented black woman and first Ugandan to travel to every sovereign nation. Here’s what she learned along the way.

A new book showcases the globe-trotting work of a photographer whose life mission is to document masks from endangered cultures

The once idyllic coastal area of California has been besieged by tourists, and residents worry that lasting environmental damage is being done. But how can you tell visitors not to come when tourism supports so many? One local, Josh Marcus, looks for solutions.

Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice.

To date, Hipcamp has raised over $41 million in funding, making it the largest online camping marketplace

How a 21-year-old and her pet snake took YouTube by storm

Which seat reigns supreme? We polled you (and our editors) to find out.

This whole fake-service-dog thing is going to ruin flying for everyone

A recent report found that 259 people died between 2011 and 2017 while stepping in front of the camera in often dangerous destinations. Our writer went deep on the psychology of selfies to figure out what's behind our obsession with capturing extreme risk-taking.

As outdoor-recreation tourism booms, these places have been forced to find innovative (and sometimes desperate) ways of adapting to and curbing the steady stream of tourists each season

The budget airline was responsible for shuttling 30 percent of the country's tourists last year. Its closing will irrevocably change how we get there—and that might be a good thing.

And how it may change the way you travel

New Mexico lawmakers in pursuit of tourism dollars could help push the niche sport into the mainstream, as well as boost visitors to one of the country’s great, overlooked long-distance routes

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