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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.

Outside TV and its 600+ hours of adventure films and television shows are now free with Outside+

‘Only Murders in the Building,’ Shirley Hazzard, and a whimsical TV musical

Is there a more universally loved month in the outdoor world?

We’re relaunching our community for outdoorsy book lovers—starting with Richard Powers’s new novel, ’Bewilderment’

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.

These are the full contest rules for Outside’s survival stories essay contest. You can read more about the contest and how to enter on this page. 1. Eligibility You must be 13 or older to participate. Employees and family members of Outside employees cannot participate. We’d especially like to hear…

Introducing a new essay contest for Outside readers

Some of the most popular national-park sites come alive this season, offering vibrant hikes, cool camping weather, and amazing wildlife spotting

We’ve sweat in them, worn them on muddy trails, and through countless miles on pavement. Now they’re discounted.

Stock up for fall adventures with these killer deals on gear we’ve tested in the field

‘The White Lotus,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ and the harrowing tale of a shipwreck

Now is one of the best times of the year to save on camping essentials

Follow three professional athletes on their grueling journey to make the cut for the inaugural Collins Cup

The stories we're watching today, from our daily newsletter

News of the death was announced during the race’s awards ceremony Sunday, and some athletes held a moment of silence for the deceased rider

Patagonia is offering up to 30 percent off gear and apparel, now through August 26. Here’s what we’re eyeing.

Katie Compton has said she never intentionally or knowingly took a banned substance after the USADA issued her a four-year ban

Versatility is the name of the game with these yet to be released items

Fifteen riders and five alternates have been selected to compete in the 20th year of the big-mountain freeride competition in Virgin, Utah

Our Outdoor Retailer Gear of Show picks are all items that make life outside easier

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.

Fiction by Colson Whitehead, a Tokyo 2020 video game, and a fascinating history of coyotes

We’re eyeing these steals at Huckberry’s annual Summer Sale, which lasts now through July 26

The Colorado-based provider of active-lifestyle content and services has expanded its portfolio again, bringing on three new cycling brands

The country singer-songwriter talks to Outside about the restorative power of nature, the unexpected blessings of quarantine, and the origins of his album ‘Country Again: Side A’

We found the best places to pitch your tent in all 50 states, so you don’t have to.

Oprah’s interview with Elliot Page, a history of the national park system centering Indigenous perspectives, and more

Summer is here. This is what we’re using to stay cool—in every sense of the word.

We’ve beaten these pieces up in the field, and now they’re up to 50 percent off at Backcountry through July 5…

These items will make great gifts for the grill master in your life, too…

We’ll be combing the site for the steepest discounts, so you don’t have to

How to buy your first bike, grill, paddleboard, sleeping pad, and more

Looking to progress in your sport? From deepwater soloing in Majorca to mountain biking in New Zealand, these trips will take you to the next level.

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

Sometimes all you need is a basic brew. After testing eight, we identified the the ones you should keep on hand.

Our testers put these items through the wringer, and now they’re discounted…

In a new event for Outside+ members, meet and train with the stars of Team USA

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