This feature from Gaia GPS allows you to search recent satellite images for the best leaf peeping in your area
Why endure the traffic headed inland to major mountain getaways when you can hop a breezy ferry to the Channel Islands, passing dolphins en route, and spend time kayaking into sea caves, hiking quiet hills, and birding, with nary an auto in sight?
These places get our vote as the most important to protect
It’s like sustainable tourism 2.0—with a focus on leaving destinations better than we found them.
Traveling this summer was chaotic and expensive. Fall trips don't have to be that way with this advice on how to save and where to go.
The festival circuit doesn't stop at the end of summer. Here are eight awesome adventure, culture, and food festivals worth traveling for.
Travelers may think of the Himalaya and Patagonia when it comes to life-list trekking. But the Huayhuash circuit in Peru is an equally spectacular cultural immersion and takes you by the mountain made famous in the film Touching the Void.
This central California park is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places in the country. It's also one of the most beautiful—a place where sculptural canyons, undulating sand dunes, abundant wildlife, and a luminous sky abound.
Explore epic canyons, breathtaking sunsets, iconic history, and so much more
Now is the time to wander among the world’s largest trees. Wildfires in central California for the past few years have decimated their numbers, so seeing these thousand-year-old natural wonders up close is, today more than ever, a privilege.
Outside visits every state in the U.S. to find the best parks—national or state—in every region. What park made the cut in your state?
National forests are the perfect place to leaf peep—often away from the crowds. These are our top viewing spots and adventures in forests across the country.
Avoid traffic jams and see America's best idea by foot, bus, or bike
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
Lighthouses across the country are crumbling amid worsening storms and dwindling funds. One promising exception is Graves Light Station, offshore from Boston, which has outlasted the Perfect Storm, among many poundings. Plus: lighthouses where you can spend the night.
Our national parks have some hilarious and inspirational social media accounts. These are our favorites to follow.
Beautiful weather for outdoor fun, fall colors galore, and festive seasonal activities—what more could you ask for?
Known as the “Crown of the Continent,” this Montana park contains 200 waterfalls, 700 lakes, and 700 miles of trails. Also: you can walk on a glacier.
Pirates, enslaved people, and Spanish explorers shaped these seven small islands west of the Florida Keys. For most visitors, deep-diving into the past and then swimming the azure waters makes for an unforgettable trip.
Whether you’re seeking soft sandy beaches, hiking, or snorkeling and other water sports, this stunning park on the Caribbean island of St. John should be on your visit list
If you don’t want your phone to ring, just turn it off
Our editors know how to get off the grid. Here are the trips they chose to take this year—from Hawaii to Massachusetts—along with their intel and gear recommendations. Give one of these experiences and you can be sure it’s editor-approved.
The company will cap daily ticket sales at all 37 North American resorts, but season ticket holders will not be impacted
Snorkel and paddle among quizzical lobsters, baby sharks, green turtles, and more at Biscayne, home to a massive coral-reef system off the coast of Miami
But seriously: at this popular South Florida park, come for the large reptiles, but stay for the subtropical scenery, varied birdlife, and all-out airboat rides
Grand Canyon National Park has some of the best views in the United States. Here’s how to make the most out of a visit, whether its hiking, boating, biking, camping, or so much more.
Forget Zion and Canyonlands; this desert gem has something for every hiker among the hoodoos and bristlecone pines
Winter has shown up big time in the Southern Hemisphere as ski resorts reopen to international travelers
You don’t have to know much about paddling to wend the dark waterways of Congaree, in South Carolina. But persistence and a good sense of humor will help you along.
When the celebrated singer-songwriter moved to this adventure hub nearly ten years ago, she instantly fell in love with the small-town feel and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Here are her tips for where to hike, grab a meal, and go dancing afterward.
Yellowstone and Death Valley. Now Joshua Tree. What the hell is going on in our national parks?
Want to hike without crowds? See jaw-dropping vistas without torching your quads? Check out these dayhikes and backpacks.
Those iconic bulbous boulders, lucid skies, and namesake trees are mere backdrops to a Californian desert playground filled with jaw-dropping vistas, dynamic hiking trails, and that famous grippy rock. Here’s everything you need to know to explore it.
The plastic ski surface at Emily Resort in western Ukraine allows skiers to slide downhill even when there’s no snow
In summer or shoulder season, there’s nothing better than a water-view hike or one that ends up at a beach for lounging and swimming. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and places in between, these are our favorites.
Plan accordingly, because these mountains all require reservations to hit the slopes in 2022
“Um, don’t do drugs kids (and don’t start spiders on fire during a drought),” Utah governor Spencer Cox tweeted Tuesday
The Wind Cave is the seventh-largest mapped cave in the world
Great Smoky Mountains is a mecca for millions of outdoor visitors each year. But as our 63 Parks columnist explains, that doesn’t mean you can’t find solitude and peace. Often all it takes is a walk in the woods.
Here’s how to make the most out of a visit to one of the wildest places in the U.S., from kayaking to birding to fishing and so much more
Outdoors lovers: coastal Georgia is calling your name
Western national parks like Yellowstone, Zion, and Joshua Tree are among our most iconic, but it’s the journeys road-tripping in between them that provide the greatest opportunities for adventure. From Montana to Southern California, here’s how to make the most of this itinerary and avoid the crowds.
Deep, dark, and hiding some dreadful bits of history, Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky, is a fascinating place for underground exploration
You don’t need a reservation to pitch a tent at these free and dispersed camping areas on public land, from empty beaches to lush forests to hot springs. Go, enjoy, and pledge to leave the place in better shape than you found it.
Join us on a life-list Himalayan trek, and do good for others while enjoying one of the world’s dream trips
Too many rocks? Not enough people? Illustrator Amber Share says bring it on.
Feeling entranced by the cosmos? See the heavens in all their glory from one of these incredible trails.
Officials are investigating a triple homicide at Maquoketa Caves State Park, a popular area for spelunkers and casual hikers
Turns out you can carve fresh snow in August. Put these Southern Hemisphere resorts on your bucket list.
From kimchis in South Korea to falafels in Egypt, our author says these meals refueled him after adventures on the road
Tim Neville has been around the world and back again, and as good travelers do, he’s made sure to try the local cuisine at every stop. So we asked him to write about his favorite meals—and how you can try them, too.
Plastic rangers exploring America’s best idea
Many visitors to the mid-Atlantic make a beeline to the Smokies. But our 63 Parks columnist argues that there’s plenty of wild adventuring to be had in Shenandoah—and Blue Ridge views for days.
Unique recreation opportunities and uncrowded wilderness abound in areas impacted by Yellowstone flood
Acadia, in Maine, woos visitors with hikes that overlook the Atlantic Ocean, bike rides along historic carriage roads, and some awesome lobster rolls
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is the ultimate rig for a day of fishing
From family-friendly hikes to deep-wilderness paddling trips, Maine has it all.
An interactive guide to one of fly-fishing's most storied roads
Three anglers from different walks of life come together in one of the country's most storied fisheries
Got little ones and want to adventure far and wide? Here’s how to do it in an RV.
People develop sensitivities to just about everything these days, but can you really be allergic to frigid temperatures? Our writer takes us on a wild—and potentially life threatening—journey to find out.
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.
From family hiking to white-knuckle biking, Maine has it all. Here's where to plan your escape.
Plan the trip of a lifetime or just the weekend with these iconic routes
The Park Service is moving quickly to reopen most of the park in time for the July Fourth weekend, but the historic flood changed Yellowstone forever
The world’s first national park will reopen this week after the devastating floods. Here’s what you can expect.
You can still find a slice of solitude in the country's most visited parks
If you’re on the hunt for unexpected and uncommon gems, Nevada delivers
Inside Indonesia’s Coral Islands exists one of the most biodiverse regions on earth
From the Wave to the Wonderland Trail, more famous outdoor destinations are enacting lottery systems. For one writer, it’s not worth the hassle.
Summer road trip, anyone?
The second-city travel trend is helping alleviate pressure on the world’s most overtouristed urban centers. Here’s how it could help crowded outdoor escapes, too.
We’re for an official mandate: make this the season of long weekends. To help you out, we found the most fun new summer adventures.
It's been six months since the first NPS director in five years stepped into office facing $22 billion in deferred maintenance. This is what he's accomplished so far—and what's still coming.
An atmospheric river dumped 200 to 300 percent more moisture than usual onto the area over the weekend
The 10,551-foot peak, formerly called Doane Mountain, has a new title that reflects the contributions of Native Americans
Everything you need to know about how the burning West will affect your summer
Hike to alpine lakes, sleep under the stars, and visit some of the best parks in the country
Looking for an epic family-friendly road trip? Look no further than the Black to Yellow route.