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  • Best Backpacking Backpack: Why Osprey Packs are Superior

    Perhaps the most centrally important piece of gear for backpackers is the pack. After all, you’ll be walking for days on end for miles each day, lugging this thing around on your back. It is the vessel that carries all of your other precious gear, and it is the main interface between you and the weight you will carry. It had better be up for the job.
  • Kona & the Big Island of Hawaii: Things to Do & See

    Hawaii's Big Island contains a diverse range of attractions, from active volcanoes (like the Kilauea volcano and Hualalai) to tropical rain forests to beautiful beaches. Because the island is so large (it's Hawaii's largest island), it can be hard to know where to begin exploring. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
  • Best Backpacking & Camping Tents 2019

    When you're picking out your next backpacking tent for Everest base camp or family tent for car camping, make sure you take a look at the best camping tents we recommend first.
  • Southern New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns & White Sands National Monument

    When it comes to New Mexico destinations, many people think of Santa Fe and Taos, and it's true that these northern New Mexico locations grab most of the glory. However, Southern New Mexico's expansive desert landscapes contain a variety of outdoor attractions. If you're ready to explore the lesser-known part of the state, check out these three places.
  • Pacific Coast Highway: Road Trip from SF to LA

    Along California's Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), also known as Highway 1, you'll see some of the state's most beautiful scenery and intriguing attractions. While it's possible to drive the entire highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a single day, you'd miss much of what makes this area special. Instead, consider taking several days for this road trip down the California coast. Whether you drive this route in the spring to see blooming wildflowers, summer for long days, or early fall for dry weather, this four-day itinerary will allow you plenty of time to explore this picturesque stretch of coast.
  • Hiking Boots: Why You Don’t Need Them and What to Buy Instead

    Hiking boots are critical if you're hiking Mount Everest, but most day hikers and backpackers don't need them. Here's what we recommend instead.
  • Valley of Fire State Park: The Complete Guide

    Valley of Fire State Park is not one of the great national parks in Nevada. It’s not even one of the great national parks near Las Vegas. In fact, it's only a state park. But it’s one of the great Nevada state parks and perhaps one of the best state parks in the country. While there are many excellent day trips from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire, Nevada’s first state park, should be a destination near the top of anyone’s list. If you're looking for hiking or camping near Las Vegas, the park has many of those opportunities available and is only 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas (or, about an hour drive on I-15). Valley of Fire weather can be a bit extreme during the summer months, with temperatures reaching well north of 100F; however, if you plan a trip during the cooler winter months, there are many excellent things to do and places to see.
  • Things to Do in Kauai: The Garden Island of Adventure

    If you dream about experiencing Hawaii in all of its natural beauty, away from the crowds and high-rise hotels, then consider visiting Kauai. The Garden Island remains largely undeveloped, compared to some of the other Hawaiian islands, and it combines unspoiled tropical scenery with an easygoing attitude. Plus, Kauai's small size makes it a relatively easy place to explore. Here are some of the top destinations on Kauai, the Garden Isle.
  • Hawaii Volcano Story: Kilauea & Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii County on the Big Island of Hawaii encompasses a dynamic landscape that features glowing lava flow, steaming craters, lush native forests, and panoramic ocean vistas. The park contains two active volcanoes: Kilauea, one of the most active in the world, and Mauna Loa, once believed to be the largest on earth. Although this park is worthy of an extended visit, many of the park's top attractions can be seen within a day. The following itinerary takes in many of the park's highlights, including the Kilauea Volcano.
  • Greenland & The Arctic Circle: Extreme Wonder and Uncharted Adventure

    "Why do we feel this strange attraction for these polar regions," wondered French scientist and doctor Jean-Baptiste Charcot, "a feeling so powerful and lasting that when we return home, we forget the mental and physical hardships and want nothing more than to go back?"
  • National Parks near Las Vegas, Nevada

    Think of Sin City and you probably think of gambling. However, Las Vegas offers so much more than glitzy casinos. This desert oasis in the American Southwest is a perfect departure point for many outdoor adventures. Whether you want to spend just a few hours away from the slot machines or set out on a weekend excursion, you'll have several superb outdoor destinations to choose from.
  • Maine State Parks: Secluded Beaches in Maine

    With over three thousand miles of coastline, there is no shortage of spectacular beaches in Maine. However, with so much coastline, how can you choose the right beach? If you're looking for something a bit out of the way, the following five beaches are a great place to start.