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Port Aransas is Texas’ greatest coastal paradise. With more than 18 miles of sandy beaches, hundreds of species of birds, and uber-easy access to world-class fishing, it’s the ultimate Gulf escape from city life. Port A, as locals call it, and San José Island—just a short boat ride…

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

The stunning destination of Sedona, Arizona is feeling the squeeze, along with many other iconic destinations worldwide. A new film called ‘The Last Tourist’ offers up ways we can fix the travel glut.

Forget waking up at dawn to save your spot or navigating through crowds on Main Street. These coastal destinations are all about empty stretches of sand, activities for everyone, and ocean-view rooms that don’t break the bank.

Some might be surprised to hear that one of our nation's most visited parks is in Ohio, but a single trip will be enough to convince you otherwise. Bridal-veil waterfalls, a spectacular river, and more than 125 miles of trails are merely supporting characters to this Midwest playground's main act: a conservation success story.

As crowds grow and parks reach capacity, responsible national-park travel is more important than ever. Here’s how to leave a lighter footprint, according to rangers.

From a scenic path that extends the entire length of New York to a new route connecting Yellowstone to Grand Teton, here are the most scenic ways to experience America’s wilderness by bike

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National parks get a lot of attention, but there’s so much more to the National Park Service

To mark its 150th anniversary, America’s first national park plans to use 2022 to address past wrongdoing and work toward a more inclusive future

Family vacation? Find fun for all ages with these kid-friendly activities in and around the park.

The parks on this list span six continents and tens of millions of acres, offering excellent fodder for any nature-addicted international traveler looking to jump-start their wanderlust

You’ll be surprised by the places on this list, but maybe it’s time we started redefining what makes a ski town

This amazing 1,453-mile trip starts in Salt Lake City

Everything you need to know about experiencing America’s best idea

Granting access to more than 2,000 national parks and recreation areas, the America the Beautiful pass is a game changer for any park-hopping traveler. Here’s how to know if the pass is right for you—plus how to buy it and use it.

A park-by-park list of entrance charges and reservation information

Planning a vacation to Yellowstone involves many details, one of which is deciding how you will enter the park

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

It’s February, which means you’d better start reserving campsites for August now. We have a few tips for you.

The young rock-climbing phenom, who got her start bouldering in Central Park as a kid, shares her favorite places in her home city for vintage clothes, vegan gelato, and indoor climbing

From affordability to crowd control, we considered a variety of factors to determine the best ski towns to visit or live in

When travel resumed in early 2021, Americans in droves headed south of the border, with most opting for popular tourist meccas. But why follow the masses when you can explore wild corners of the country few others visit? We rounded up 18 ways to do just that—and to support local economies while you’re at it.

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This lesser-known outdoor hub has something for every kind of explorer, from novice to adrenaline junkie—on, under, and off the water

The creator of National Park NFTs says he plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the National Park Foundation, but environmental activists are critical of its choice of blockchain, which is among the least environmentally friendly

Cap off a day on the trail with a soak in a steamy mineral pool. We found the best from Alaska to North Carolina.

Four more parks have begun or expanded their ticketing systems, and many have renewed what was already in place

Explore America’s favorite winter wonderlands on these scenic routes, which range from beginner to expert terrain

Andrew Jackson reveals his favorite places to ride a bike, fuel up, and play in his home city

A ski trip into these Italian mountains unfolds into a learning experience and a bridge to much needed healing

On this stunning trip in northern Patagonia, you’ll explore towering peaks, a new ten-million-acre national park, and pristine rivers and lakes. And did we mention the delicious barbecue?

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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

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Stunning and easy-to-access vistas to bookmark for your next road trip

When your crew has differing abilities, choosing a resort with varied terrain is crucial

From Lake Placid to Cordova and some select places in between, here’s our (highly subjective) list of the nation’s best mountain towns. Before telling us where we went wrong, please take a moment to acknowledge the courage and gall it takes to attempt such an impossible feat.

A day out on the slopes doesn’t have to be wildly expensive. You just need to know where and when to go.

From expanded resort acreage to turbocharged lifts, we tracked down all the ways you can make this winter your best ever

Our gear-reviews editor will be joining you on a hike through the most iconic mountains in the French Alps, fueled by spectacular views, gooey cheese, and red wine

From huts with easy approaches to less crowded areas, we’ve got beginner-friendly ways for you to get out of bounds

This short film follows a pod of whales as they play and glide through the waters off the coast of Maui

Europe has always had something America doesn’t: an Alpine ski route ­connecting a network of full-service, premium lodges. That’s about to change, as San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray, Colorado, launches the ultimate hut-to-hut tour in a stunning setting. We sent Devon O’Neil to check it out.

If you’re willing to brave the cold, winter can be one of the best seasons to visit America’s best idea

The Arch in St. Louis is a stunning engineering feat and there's a lot of history here. Just don't call it a national park.

Tips and products to make your stay in the terminal a whole lot more bearable when your flight gets canceled

On this trip of a lifetime, you'll explore and trek through the stunning Katmai National Park in Alaska with Outside's editor in chief Christopher Keyes

This isn't your typical national park, but a day spent on mellow hikes followed by soaks in mineral hot springs makes a visit here really unique

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These outings prove there’s no such thing as an off-season in our national parks

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Heading to Mammoth Lakes this winter? Follow our expert’s sage advice.

When Maggie Shipstead set out to report on women-only expedition travel, she was driven by a desire to learn new skills in a low-bro-factor environment. But six days exploring Alaska with the state’s first woman-owned adventure outfitter turned out to be regenerative in ways she didn’t expect.

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Florida’s Ocala National Forest is the oldest national forest in the eastern United States. This stunning footage will convince you to visit.

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Want to have even more fun this winter? Follow these simple rules.

There is a lot to love about Yosemite, from big walls to breathtaking valleys. But few know its history, says our 63 Parks Traveler about her 44th stop on her quest to visit every national park.

Car rental companies have been struggling post-pandemic with a surge in demand and limited supply—but don’t let that stop you from going on the trip you’ve been dreaming about during lockdown

Last year, the region around North Cascades National Park was suffering from devastating fires when our 63 Parks Traveler arrived for her 43rd park visit. Finding a smoke-free day was almost impossible, but a shift in the wind allowed for a stunning wilderness hike.

Don’t be afraid of ice climbing. It’s a fun winter skill to pick up, and we’ve got all the intel on how to get started.

Whether you want to learn a new sport—like skate skiing or ice climbing—or improve your skills, there’s a lesson out there for you

These places may not be ultra fancy or ski-in, ski-out, but the point is: if you’re savvy, you can take a ski trip on a budget

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Expect full-capacity chairlifts and indoor dining to return to ski resorts this season. But some COVID-era policies, like buying lift tickets online, will remain.

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Who needs an off-season? Check out our tips to keep trekking throughout the winter.

The forest is a sight to behold when the vibrant foliage is on full display

Whether you want to explore public or private lands, these maps demonstrate landownership lines for the entire U.S.

Take these steps to ensure you know what you’re getting before clicking the reserve button on that cute mountain cottage or condo by the sea

Visit 13 of America’s best-loved national parks on this cross-country national-park train loop

As it turns out, the national parks just aren’t that great for some visitors (though we definitely disagree)

At trailheads and on city streets, thieves are stealing more gadgets than ever. Here’s my solution for stopping them.

Pursue your favorite activities with color-coded trails in Gaia GPS’s U.S. Forest Service roads and trails layer

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

With far-flung travel off the table, I learned how to enjoy the meandering flexibility of a road trip

We’ve got your next car-based ski vacation dialed, complete with worthy detours and the best powder stashes

Whether you’re on a road trip or backpacking through Europe, download these apps to learn more about the culture, weather, and even history of the places you’re visiting

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.

Surfing in Baja. Summit-to-sea skiing in Alaska. Hiking in Death Valley. There’s no shortage of epic adventures to be had in winter. We’ve rounded up our favorite trips to make sure you get your fill of thrills.

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

Sometimes paying for camping is necessary, but Gaia Topo helps you find free alternatives that you won’t find with Google

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