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Together, Joy and her grandson Brad have driven more than 25,000 miles through 38 states—and they're not done yet

Olde Virden's Red Hot pepper flakes turn even the rankest dehydrated meal into mouthwatering fare

The Landmark Project has a series of destination-based posters, and there’s something really sweet and badass about its Smokey Bear series. It’s nostalgic, good-looking, and well-intentioned all at the same time.

A group of hired caretakers, called ridgerunners, are working to protect America’s favorite wilderness footpath from the hordes of people who walk it each year

You may be in the middle of the wilderness, but a local IPA isn’t that far away

We pulled records from January 2006 to September 2016 on where, how, and why park visitors are dying. Here’s what we found.

Get out and explore the country’s weirdest sites with help from Atlas Obscura’s co-founder

Fit in a last-minute camping trip at one of these iconic parks before summer ends

It’s not all fun and games in the parks

We've cut the fat (and circumnavigated the crowds) so you can enjoy any of these thrilling parks in just one day

Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia have the biggest mountains among the 14 states on the Appalachian Trail. The southern portion of the Appalachian Trail. Although the promise of southern temps might draw spring break hikers to Georgia, sleet and snow are common here in March. Georgia is better hiked in…

Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins.

From fresh, tropical milkshakes to buffalo steaks the size of your head, we dug up the best chow near America’s national parks.

To find the emptiest hideouts in seven iconic parks, we called on the guys with the keys to the back door: the rangers and staff.

Finding uncrowded bliss from Olympic to Acadia

Combine your next visit to a national park with a bonus raid on a great state park or national forest—and get twice the escape

32 YEARS AGO this summer, my pal, the crime novelist Jim Crumley, his overeducated farmer friend from Arkansas, Harold McDuffy, and yours truly hiked six miles to Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. For someone who had spent most of his life in the desert country of southeastern Oregon, this…