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Lighthouse keeping is integral to Maine's ocean faring history. The Last Lightkeepers from Wandergroove follows Ford Reiche as he reflects on the importance of his mission.

You don't have to strike it mega-rich to have access to an amazing private island—but it helps

Pack the cooler. From surfing in Rhode Island to fishing the newly reborn Elwha River in the Northwest, these are the season’s quintessential weekend escapes.

You have through today to tell the government what you think of its plan to steal your public land

Craving sun and sand on the Atlantic? These beach towns offer that and more.

We sent our correspondent deep undercover to explore the latest summer craze: camps tailored just for adults. Boozy slip-and-slide? Check. Excessive kickball celebrations? You betcha. It's all detailed in his letters from a nostalgic bacchanal.

The Olympic marathon champ—who hopes to become the first woman over 60 to run a sub-3-hour marathon this fall—shares her hard-fought wisdom

The newest member of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, Maine Sports Outfitters is one part specialty retailer and one part guide service. It’s a winning combination.

Six athletically inclined people—regular folks with regular jobs, just like you—divulge how much money they spend on their fitness routines

Five adventures that don't involve ski resorts

Nick Lavecchia is a surf photographer in Maine. Watch as Lavecchia shares why this place is so inspiring for him, despite the bitter winters and unpredictable surf.

For those who suffer from a disability, winter can seem like an eternity. Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation provides an outlet for folks with disabilities to pursue outdoor adventures.

Maine’s North Woods would make the perfect addition to the parks system—with mountains, streams, and stunning views. So what’s taking the government so long?

Officials at Baxter State Park, at the north end of the AT, are concerned about an anticipated increase in the number of thru-hikers tramping through the park. Their solution? Hiker registration cards.

It's a different kind of nostalgia when you're out in the backcountry (or out of the country) and trying to preserve the holiday spirit—but these adventurers did their best and lived to tell the tale

Our favorite ski hills in New York and New England

No matter how you like to ski or how long you can take off work, we've got the perfect trip in our guide to the best alpine escapes of the season

Some ski resorts are already spinning lifts. Here’s where to ski and ride at the beginning of the winter.

Where to enjoy autumn's best views—on two feet or two wheels

The ultrarunner’s speed record on the Appalachian Trail has been overshadowed by claims that he's contributing to the commercialization of wild places. After accepting a $500 fine for public drinking as part of a plea deal, Jurek speaks out against his critics.

In burgs recognized for an abundance of adventure, these are the winning places that will set you up for everything

A river- and mountain-loving town took home the top prize (again) in our 2015 contest.

Beat the crowds and head for fresh climbing, mountain-biking, and chill-out spots within easy driving distance of eight burgs

Don't plan any vacations before reading this year's Best of Travel winners.

Record snowfall, week-long freezes, and big cities brought to a standstill is how the winter of 2015 will be remembered across much of the Northeast. For some, like York, Maine-based photographer Nick Lavecchia, the winter brought in big swells, endless fun, and a group of friends to enjoy it with. We caught up with Lavecchia for a glimpse into the last few weeks on the snowy shores of the East Coast. 

These backcountry lodges welcome dedicated skiers with warm bedding, home-cooked food, and sometimes even a sauna.

One man and his canine pal cover 13,000 miles in 32 states to discover just how strong our relationship is with man's best friend.

The 5 best ways to paddle, eat, and sail your way through "Vacationland" this summer

It’s such a culinary contradiction: the great gourmet food of New England is usually served on paper plates and eaten at picnic tables by grownups wearing plastic bibs. Yet there’s no denying that the tastiest lobster served in Maine invariably comes from laid back hole-in-the-wall food shacks that line the…

These oases of relaxation, adventure, mindful eating, and awe-inspiring views are going to be very popular once it's safe travel again. Until then, we can dream.

Besides vampires, maybe, who doesn’t like celebrating on the longest day of sunlight of the year? Anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere that beer is sold and friends can be found pretty much suffices as a party venue. However, if you want a once-in-a-lifetime summer solstice experience on June 21, these…

Enjoyable family trips require positive attitudes, not five-star hotels.

The Appalachian Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails and—along with the Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails—one of three popular, near-border-to-border treks in the U.S. The New England portion of the Appalachian Trail. Through-hikers on the AT have a roughly 2,180-mile journey in front of them. However, the…

For the skier who likes to shop locally

The best places to find deep conditions this winter

A peeping stroll is not an acceptable last outdoor gasp before winter. Presenting the best active autumn escapes.

Travel to these destinations for tons of open space—and it's all yours

Whitewater on Maine's Kennebec River, single-track in Vermont—these are the Northeast's best-kept adventure secrets

Summer is the season to embrace the sunlight, celebrate, and make a few hundred new friends

Sweating your way to a rustic lodge isn’t just a wintertime activity

Tired of waiting in long lift lines at ski resorts? For a few thousand dollars, you could have the place to yourself.

With La Niña back and the East Coast on a five-year blizzard streak, we devised the ultimate ski calendar to help you and your family take advantage. From a boot-deep New England Thanksgiving through spring-break corn snow in the Southwest, the outlook is decidedly epic.

The American craft-brew movement is alive and well, with 1,800 breweries in the U.S. and hundreds more coming soon. With all those suds, how do you find the best brews? Go and taste them.

Presenting eight romantic, spontaneous, epic, and quest-driven cruises down America's emptiest highways.

I’m spending the summer in Boston but am not from the area. What weekend trips in New England would you recommend?

We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick one—or five—and leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included

From hot springs to mountain-town fiestas to one surprisingly easy island getaway, we've got you covered.

I would like to do an overnight kayak trip, but don't want to camp. Any suggestions in the Mid-Atlantic states? -Sandy Mechanicsburg, PA

There's a war going on in coastal Maine, where renegade crustacean gangs are forcing people to grope for their guns. ERIC HANSEN heads for the boiling waters of Matinicus Island—the site of a dockside shootout between feuding lobstermen last summer—to find out why the locals are going after each other tong and claw.

I'm moving from a sit-on-top to a sit-in kayak, and am looking for something I can use in summer in cold-water Maine. The Perception Carolina 12 is at the top of my wish list. But my budget says that if I go for a Pelican Pursuit 120 DXL I can buy it now. I can't get a good idea of how the Pursuit would do in close-to-shore ocean paddling, and no dealer near me has one I can try. Should I just hold out for the Carolina? –Nan Medford, NJ

Navigating the politics of river conservation can be tricky. Here's what's going on now.

Five hundred dollars can buy you a lot of things: an iPad, a mediocre bike, a lawn mower—or three days of glorious summertime freedom (transportation excluded). Here are our picks for the best do-it-yourself budget escapes in North America, plus outfitted adventures you can't afford to miss.

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

Overlooked mountain ranges, river beer, running album, gear of all time, and 47 other big ideas, accidental winners, and awesome things about the world outside we've come to love over the past 33 years. Introducing our first annual Editors' Choice Awards...

But don't worry, we've stacked the deck in your favor. Welcome to Expedition Planning 101. Your assignment: Read the tips on gear, first aid, and food; pick one of our five ready-to-roll itineraries; and then get out the door. Just remember to be humble—Ma Nature won't be intimidated by your trash-talking buddies.

You could mope about the economy. Or you could go play in the snow, and then thaw out in comfort. Our guide to the best winter adventure lodges in North America. Nita Lake Lodge Nita Lake Lodge         Nordic Pine Flagstaff Lake Hut, Carrabassett Valley, Maine Winter…

Play hard by day at these nine classic national parks, then ditch the franks 'n' beans by night and live large outside the boundaries

Think Utopia doesn't exist? Maybe not yet—but these ten towns are making a play for perfection with adventure-friendly innovation and cool ideas for building smart communities. Plus the hottest concepts in urban revival, combating sprawl, and better hometown living.

There’s more than one way to take in the adventure and splendor of America’s national parks. So we’re serving up a prize package of SECRET TRIPS—locals’ no-tell favorites, from Acadia to Yellowstone to wildest Alaska—along with a roundup of DREAM TOWNS nearby, the places to eat, drink, and dance after…

BEST PLACE TO BECOME AN OLD SALT

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

Chase your travel dreams with 48 handpicked adventures guaranteed to satisfy every type of wandering soul

Today's topic: We rank the Top 40 schools where you can hit the books AND the backcountry. Your assignment: Rappel off that ivory tower and take our cram course on America's most adrenaline-friendly colleges. You'll come for your B.A. (Bachelor of Adventure) and want to stay for life.

1. Havasu Falls, Supai, Arizona Hike two miles to this perfect turquoise pool, with year-round 72-degree water, in Havasu Canyon. All About H2O The wet stuff is always there for us—it grows our food, puts splash and spirit in our adventure, and (by the way) keeps us alive.

Up a creek? Find the right trip—raft, sea kayak, or canoe—and the right adventure level for your family.

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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…

A paddle-perfect day on the Maine coast Q: I’m planning a kayaking trip to the Maine islands for a group of seven people. We would like to camp on one of the public islands for one night and paddle back the next day. Some of us have…

Ski resorts that give you the best of both worlds

North American resorts have expanded boundaries, opened gates, and liberated skiers to revel in ungroomed wildness. Our guide to the great stuff you won't find on the trail map.

Let the motorized leaf peepers have their New England. It'll keep them far away from ours.

Want instant access to the Big Outdoors—trails, rivers, wild shores, just minutes from home—without compromising your livelihood? Then check out these ten towns on the verge of paradise, where you don't have to ditch it all to have it all.

Hours from anywhere but on the edge of nowhere, the rough Down East passages welcome the well heeled and unpedigreed alike

The Maine coast has more landmarks than names. Much to the delight of possessive types.