Our experts sought out epic adventures in every landscape, from new desert outposts to off-the-grid wellness retreats, with plenty of trails, beaches, and base camps to fill up your 2022 travel calendar. Be flexible, plan smart, and let these 30 escapes inspire you. PLUS: Come with us! Travel with Outside editors to Alaska, Patagonia, Mount Everest Base Camp, and the French Alps.
We've partnered with travel outfitter Modern Adventure to create four epic trips for Outside+ members at discounted rates. Better yet, an Outside editor will join you on each inaugural journey.
When you combine stellar terrain, world-class amenities, and spectacularly uncrowded slopes, you get a mountain experience like no other
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.
Even if you don’t climb Washington’s highest peak, the spectacular views and scenery in Mount Rainier National Park will leave you invigorated, says our 63 Parks columnist of the 42nd stop on her quest to visit every U.S. park
Some of the most popular national-park sites come alive this season, offering vibrant hikes, cool camping weather, and amazing wildlife spotting
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.
‘The Noor,’ filmed by Vadim Sherbakov, captures the otherworldly winter beauty of the planet’s deepest lake, Russia’s Lake Baikal
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.
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
Sometimes the grass really is greener in a new place
Many major national parks implemented new reservation systems intended to give visitors a more positive experience by decreasing gridlock, parking issues, and long lines for public services. But are they actually helping or making it more difficult to visit a park?
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.
Leaf peeping in New England. Surfing California’s coast. Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage (yes, Alaska, in fall). We scoured the world to find the absolute best destinations to satisfy your autumn wanderlust—especially this year, when we all have a little cabin fever.
Leaf peeping in Colorado. Surfing the Azores. Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage—yes, Alaska, in fall. We scoured the world to find epic adventures and stunning destinations to satisfy your autumn wanderlust, especially this year, when we all have a little cabin fever.
These six scenic byways will bring you across the most beautiful destinations on the East Coast
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.
From winding canyon roads and vast desert straightaways to historic routes and serene oceanside drives, the U.S. is home to some of the most awe-inspiring roads in the world. So e compiled 25 of the best byways—each loaded with joy-inducing adventure, scenery, and history.
From expert tips to gear recommendations to trail inspiration, we teamed up with Swedish gearmaker Fjällräven to help you make the most of your time in nature
Whether you’re looking to explore mountains, canyons, beaches—or all three—these RV trips have something for every kind of adventurer
Alaska’s Kobuk Valley National Park is an overlooked gem. It offers up the great caribou migration, stargazing and miles of solitude, and massive dunes you’d expect to find in the Sahara. This is the 40th stop on our 62 Parks Traveler's quest to visit every national park in the U.S.
All the inspiration and know-how you need to make the most of adventures on the open road
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.
At the most recently declared national park, the adventure starts and ends with the 1,000-foot-deep New River Gorge. The 73,000-acre stretch of rugged canyon in West Virginia is home to Class IV+ whitewater rafting, some of the best rock climbing on the eastern seaboard, purpose-built singletrack, and more than 100 miles of hiking trails that capture this dramatic part of the country.
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
The nonprofit Native Skywatchers has spent more than a decade collecting and preserving Indigenous star knowledge. Now organizations like NASA and the NPS are joining the movement.
Getting lost teaches me mindfulness, even when I’m terrified
A bevy of mapping apps exist to track and plan trips for different outdoor activities. Here’s the best one for running, cycling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and skiing.
When President Biden needs a break from Putin and Mitch McConnell, he vacations on the Delmarva Peninsula, a blend of mid-Atlantic beauty, quirky accents, and tasty treasures from soil and sea. I grew up in the heart of it. Hear my song to this glorious land.
Gates of the Arctic in northern Alaska is one of the last truly wild national parks. There are no roads or trails, and the park boasts the stunning Brooks Range, six wild and scenic rivers, and gets fewer than 3,000 visitors a year. Our 62 Parks columnist was awestruck by her 39th stop on her quest to visit every national park in the U.S.
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.
Crowds, lines, and permits. Here’s how to visit a park this summer without melting down.
Katmai, in southern Alaska, is one of the few places where you can safely get up close and personal with a brown bear while it’s feeding—a life-list event says our 62 Parks Traveler about the 38th stop on her quest to visit every national park in the U.S.
Drawing parallels with the Galápagos Islands, this marine wonderland is a similarly diverse treasure found just off the Southern California coast, home to 2,000-plus species, some 150 of which can be found nowhere else
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
Some of our favorite challenging outings in the heart of Colorado’s high country
From a baobab-filled outcropping in the middle of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi salt pans to an adventure hot spot in Iraqi Kurdistan, plan a trip to these bold destinations to earn some major adventure travel cred
Elevate your next outdoor sleepover with these genius tricks
Wild, off-the-beaten-path outings in one of Colorado’s most rugged corners
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.
If you want a swath of stunning wilderness all to yourself, book a trip to Lake Clark, says our 62 Parks columnist of the 37th stop on her quest to visit all the parks in the U.S.
Whether you're new to off-roading or have been exploring for years, add these trail systems to your hit list
It’s finally time to take that beach vacation. You might as well post up right by the ocean.
Because there’s no better way to experience a national park than by sleeping in it