Despite being one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., the Smokies make it easy to plan a last-minute trip and avoid crowds year-round. Here's our definitive guide on what to know before you go, how to make the most of all the park has to offer, and can't-miss experiences in every season.
Every year, explore.org calls on its A-team to capture the rotund glory of Katmai National Park’s brown bears
The fight to balance recreation with wildlife is coming to a head
The best week of the year is back
The year's most dramatic story of a bear attack offers potentially lifesaving lessons for anyone venturing into the wild
Who doesn’t love a talking bear?
The clock is winding down. Don't dwell on summer's missed opportunities—make new ones.
Critical habitat for the species could be destroyed
In August, Randy Scott was slapped with a fine and a restraining order against bears for feeding the animal along the Alaska Highway. Jokes about his punishment went viral, but the reality of his actions is far more serious.
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