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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.

The four-part Teton Gravity Research series, premiering this week, captures incredible footage of terrifying expeditions, but it succeeds because of the compelling human stories at its heart

The store isn’t just good for bulk buys or $1.50 hot dog combos. There are some great outdoor deals, too.

If you haven’t snagged a reservation to the growing list of timed-entry parks, it might seem like a trip there this summer is out of the cards. But fret not—we found some legal ways to visit.

This Central American destination is the adventure traveler’s dream, from its jungle-covered peaks to a coastline dotted with more than 450 islands stretching across the world’s second-largest barrier reef. It’s also delightfully accessible (English is the official language and the dollar a main currency), culturally diverse, and home to historically significant Maya sites, creating a particular dynamism that's unique to the region

When life started feeling a little stale for writer Graham Averill, he went out in search of a new hobby. He found it in his Toyoya 4Runner, which he’s been converting into his very own adventure vehicle.

The American downhill skier may not have won a medal in Beijing, but he got the most style points by far

Getting through airports is a far easier proposition with the Thule RoundTrip

The ski jacket has gotten a major makeover, but don’t worry—it still comes with the same retro design and its signature kangaroo front pocket

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.

Can mindful running make you faster—or at least happier?

One should be a staple in your outdoor kit

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.

I gave my 12-year-olds the Rand McNally on our 300-mile drive from Atlanta to the South Carolina coast to impart the joys of reading an old-school physical map

It has all the comfort and features you’d expect from a high-end performance shell, but at an affordable price

Elevate your next ­outdoor sleepover with these genius tricks

All types of athletes can benefit from quicker instincts

Bringing order to parental chaos is an uphill battle, but these products can help

This seat holds its own against competitors that are twice as expensive

The Saxx Hot Shot outperformed every other top in my quiver

From Colorado’s second-largest state park to a midwestern tribal park, there are plenty of new wild spaces to plan to visit. Plus, Outside staffers share what they think our 64th national park should be.

Tested for style and durability, these tops can handle anything coming down the trail

The best way to refuel after a perfect day of adventure? With your crew at one of these ideally located watering holes.

Your muscles need relief. You can take matters into your own hands at home without breaking the bank.

A little TLC can add years of life to your favorite hikers

Here are five pieces of gear that I’m looking forward to using with my dog this winter and beyond…

Good gear doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are five favorite pieces of gear that I tested in the past year that cost less than $70.

The iconic leather hiker is now better than ever

The Ombraz Leggero forgoes sidearms for an innovative nylon strap, which is both good and bad

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

These are the items on my gift list that will help my family make the most of the winter…

Help them keep their streak alive through winter with these gifts designed to keep them warm, safe, and inspired…

After a summer of testing, here are our favorite tools

Getting off the ground makes you feel like you're lying in an actual bed

What to do when you're on an outdoor adventure and disaster strikes

This pastoral stretch of the Southern Appalachian mountains in Virginia is packed with hiking, fishing, road biking, and other adventures—if you know where to look

While spending months in quarantine, my daily run has become my salvation. Here are a handful of accessories that help me make the most of those miles.

Forget working from home. Here's everything you need to stay connected from your vehicle or a trailhead.

Make the most of the warm days with these river and lake essentials

This new one-bag travel solution provides order in a chaotic world

With more than a hundred 11,000-foot peaks, five glaciers, and some 150 alpine lakes, Colorado's most popular park has served as an idyllic backdrop for some of our writer's bigger life moments: it's where he proposed to his wife, where his kids earned their first Junior Ranger badges, and where he said goodbye to someone special. While you'll be among 4.7 million visitors who visit every year, there's something personal to be found here.

From a $25 grill to a genius s'mores contraption, this gear will take your fire pit nights to the next level

Why use a throw-away plastic fork and spoon when you can simply BYOS (spork)? Here are five items that will help you build a zero-waste kit that you can keep in your backpack or car.

Living in a big city doesn't mean you can't spend a weekend outdoors this summer

A self-proclaimed "soft" writer tries to beef up his end-of-world skills during quarantine

All across the country, major cities are making it easier to access nature with vibrant greenways

Forget the tie. Consider these gift ideas for Father's Day instead.

Zwift, track workouts, and more keep 47-year-old Jon Brown ready for next winter

Anna Levesque uses yoga to slow down and fight self-doubt

Brittany Griffith says now is the perfect time to have some fun with your diet

Stuck at home with your kids? You might as well make the most of it.

Sean MacCormac says the keys to his success are ballet and breathing through the panic

Jeremiah Bishop is still riding strong and staying healthy without a spring race schedule

Even the highest-quality gear needs maintenance. We’ve gathered a handful of trusted repair tools that have been in our kits for multiple seasons and have extended the lives of our favorite pieces of equipment and apparel.

Our writer tests out a novel “natural performance enhancer”: breathing through your nose. It's harder than it sounds.

This world champion says you can get into surf shape without ever catching a wave

Sometimes the situation calls for multiple beers. Here are some of our favorite growlers, along with a few handy accessories that help you carry more of your drink of choice.

Tinker Juarez continues to compete against—and beat—athletes half his age

The ice climber, kayaker, and paraglider continues to explore uncharted territories into his fifties

Six pairs for the gym, the couch, and around town

Spend less than you would on a restaurant dinner and get a book that you'll cherish for years to come

After tireless testing, these were our favorites under $150

An entire mountain range to itself, dramatic stretches of the Rio Grande, and 118 miles of shared border with Mexico are just a few reasons why this 801,163-acre range in southwest Texas is worth a visit

Iain Mickle's secret to tackling sub-three-hour marathons late into his fifties? Running buddies.

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

You’re one good drink away from becoming a bona fide mixologist…

Personalized drinks and shakes are the latest innovation in the quest to boost performance

Nowadays you have more options than ever, from nutrient-dense seeds to bars that taste like they came out of your grandma’s kitchen. Here are six of our favorites.

Klaus Obermeyer shares some tips on work, exercise, and (of course) skiing

Peloton is a fun distraction, but you don't have to relegate yourself to the trainer because it's cold outside

For years, Benedikt Boehm has been chasing speed records on some of the world's tallest peaks

There’s still time to order your gear for arrival before Christmas Day.

One of the best boulderers of the 1990s is climbing into her fifties

Booze isn't optimal for athletic performance. Thankfully, a new crop of alcohol-free cocktails taste just as good as the real thing.

Invest in these splurge-worthy gifts for the whole crew

Swenson just summited one of the last unclimbed peaks in the world

In his new book, 'Lifespan,' celebrated scientist David Sinclair lays out exactly why we age—and why he thinks we don't have to

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