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Hike to alpine lakes, sleep under the stars, and visit some of the best parks in the country

Fresh out of film school, Soraya Simi’s first documentary was centered around the Paralympic rower’s 2,500-mile solo journey to Hawaii. Except Madsen never made it.

These shelters score major comfort points

The 440-mile route goes from the third-deepest lake in the U.S. to the jagged peaks of the North Cascades and the tulip-filled Skagit Valley

This cliff-hugging stretch of U.S Highway 550 is dotted with scenic mountain towns filled with hiking trails, brewpubs, and hot springs

This amazing 1,453-mile trip starts in Salt Lake City

Planning a vacation to Yellowstone involves many details, one of which is deciding how you will enter the park

Stunning and easy-to-access vistas to bookmark for your next road trip

Car rental companies have been struggling post-pandemic with a surge in demand and limited supply—but don’t let that stop you from going on the trip you’ve been dreaming about during lockdown

With far-flung travel off the table, I learned how to enjoy the meandering flexibility of a road trip

We’ve got your next car-based ski vacation dialed, complete with worthy detours and the best powder stashes

As the lead singer of the band Sleigh Bells and a dedicated climber, Alexis Krauss knows a thing or two about enjoying life on the open highway

The stunning, adventure-filled road parallels the eastern Sierra Nevada and has ample stops for hot springs, hikes, and backcountry skiing

Climate change is wreaking havoc on the timing and quality of fall foliage, but scientists have a few tips on how to catch the season’s best colors

A daring advice columnist sets off on a road trip with a singular goal: to ask strangers if they make love outside—in towns named Eden

In which two bold but questionably sane adventurers actually do for reals what Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels only pretended to do

Vanlifers share their secrets for fending off the stink (with or without finding a shower)

When you carry the whole world in your pocket, aid can arrive from the most unexpected places

From towering waterfalls to long-distance trails, this 90-mile stretch of Route 20 packs the region’s best adventures into one trip

We’ve found the most adventure-packed routes for your road-trip bucket list

If you were as caught off guard by the end of summer as we were, here are some easy-to-plan itineraries for the long weekend

In 1960, John Steinbeck set out on a cross-country adventure with his standard poodle, Charley. More than half a century later, writer Kristin Wong did the same thing with her dog—and learned an unexpected lesson about the pain of uncertainty.

The Flying Cloud 30FB Office oozes quality, but it’s not immune to the bumps in the road

This portable jump starter is the size of a sandwich, but has the juice to single-handedly revive a vehicle. Charge it via the included USB cable, and throw it in the trunk for additional peace of mind wherever you drive.

You don’t have to spend a lot to improve your vehicle setup

Our ethics columnist weighs in on balancing conservation and enjoyment

Chickfly’s innovative zipperless fly makes for pee freedom

Photographer James Barkman has been living in his 1976 VW Westfalia van for seven years. The lessons he’s learned can help you on your long-weekend road trip, too.

Fuel up for your next adventure with these deliciously portable bento boxes

We featured the Yeti 150 in our 2016 roundup of road trip essentials. “The 12-pound, toaster-size Yeti 150 offers USB, 12-volt, and AC ports. Wall-charge it before your trip, and connect Goal Zero’s solar panels to keep it humming for days on end,” wrote our tester.

This tee is one of our favorite shirts that cut down on odor. The Japanese polyester “makes it very lightweight, exceptionally breathable, and helps the shirt hold its shape,” wrote tester Bryan Rogala. Those features make it great for travel: “It’s easy to wash in a bathtub,…

This button-down shirt made from perforated nylon was built for long days on the road. It helps manage heat and sweat on long hikes, and you can cram it into the bottom of a pack, shake it out, and it will emerge wrinkle free. Unlike most other travel shirts, the…

We came up with a list of the people, places, and trends that matter now, from the rise of outdoor reservation systems and new mountain-biking meccas to where to thaw out this winter

This season you're going to want an adventuremobile you can post up in at the base of the ski area. Here are some good ones.

Six items that keep me self-sufficient while traveling

We explore the pros and cons of two relatively affordable options

No need to opt for a military-grade cooler when a classic Igloo does the job. This 16-quart model has ample room for on-the-go meals, but is small enough to stash on the seat floor or trunk. Throw in a few Ziplocs of ice, and the Playmate will keep your snacks…

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

With Recon Campers, your daily commuter can actually double as your weekend off-grid rig

The ins and outs of staying clean (and safe) at camp

How L. Renee Blount, a.k.a. Instagram's @urbanclimbr, blended her passions for climbing, travel, and design into a budding photography career

There are hundreds of scenic trails for you and your BFF to explore together

From going big on snacks to active pit stops, here's everything you need to know before taking a long road trip with the whole family

The ins and outs of keeping Fido safe, comfortable, and happy while on the go

Essential items from five full-time road-trippers

Now is a great time to build out a van, truck, or station wagon for adventurous road trips. We consulted vanlifers Grizel Caminas and Eric Hallworth to break down the steps.

We put together our favorite in-state itineraries in every region of the country, to make it easy for you to explore your own backyard

New tools to make your next adventure better

With a little extra planning, it's easy to be self-sufficient and safe when it comes to packing food for a long road trip. Here's how we do it.

For those looking to give vanlife a shot, follow these tips on renting and traveling with the family

Camper vans, pop-ups, RVs, and more—if you're ready to upgrade from tent camping, you've got plenty of options. Use this handy tool to pick your ideal vehicle setup.

When an overworked health care professional and her family needed a break, they decided to hit the highway. Here, she explains how they ­­did it.

The OluKai Pehuea work whether you're on the beach, in town, or on a cruiser bike

Hit the road for a memorable summer road trip with these extra precautions

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, travel for many is still a faraway dream. But Ian Frazier reminds us that there’s no more promising feeling than hitting the road, windows down, hair blowing, full speed ahead.

Vanlife has totally mainstreamed. But if you don't have the finances to own a home on wheels, these companies have you covered.

Booking apps, glamping, and tricked-out Sprinter vans: over the past decade, life under the stars has been upgraded. Here's your up-to-date guide for enjoying the ultimate socially distanced weekend.

These tablets make freshening up on the go a breeze. Just chew one up and brush. The spearmint and neroli version is our favorite, but the toothpaste pellets come in an assortment of flavors, including bubblegum, lime, and juniper berry.

This spring, photographer Kiliii Yuyan gathered his camera equipment and, practicing social-distancing guidelines, explored the West Coast to find out how it's been faring in the age of COVID-19

Electric vehicles are becoming popular among the environmentally conscious, but are they realistic for road trips to more remote destinations? I took my Tesla to Utah to find out.

Once it's safe to get back out there, you and your pups will be long overdue for an adventure. Here's what you need to keep them comfortable—and you sane—on your next road trip.

While there are far more serious problems facing the world, for some people whether or not to travel in the weeks and months ahead has become a confusing and heated topic. Here's what a longtime travel writer thinks.

Because an organized road-tripper is a happy road-tripper

Thinking of taking your next road trip overseas? Keep these five tips in mind for your next overlanding adventure.

Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like losing your wallet, laptop, or luggage. This technology will help you keep track of what's most important.

'Highway of Tears' tells the story of the dozens of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been found murdered along Canada's Highway 16

Don't let staying connected keep you from your next adventure. Make this simple upgrade and boost your cell service while on the road.

The short road trip on British Columbia's Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler packs in a ton of adventure

Plus: where to stay, eat, and play outside along the way

'Only Music // Alaska' documents the people Justin Fountain met, the places he saw, and the conversations he had on his 3,800-mile trip

When Jeff Gordinier accepted an invite from chef René Redzepi to hunt for tacos in Mexico, he had no idea what he was getting into

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