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Hike it, climb it, bike it, pitch a tent and camp it. America’s outdoors are calling. Explore adventures by region that take you to the highest highs in national parks, the lowest lands, preserves and monuments and more national heritage sites and state parks than you can hike in a year. No matter what name they go by, we’re celebrating America’s parks.

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Summer Vacation in Central Minnesota’s Otter Tail Lakes Country

Article courtesy of Explore Minnesota. Discover more Central Minnesota experiences at ExploreMinnesota.com/Central. A trip to Otter Tail County in west-central Minnesota offers mesmerizing natural scenery,...

6 Top Delaware Beach Towns

In Delaware, the beaches are an invitation to be in the moment and relax. And each beach town brings its own character, personality and...

Oregon Road Trip Series: The Willamette Valley

For the third portion of our Oregon road trip series, we're headed south into the Willamette Valley. Bike a scenic covered bridge trail, hike...

Spring in Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: Where to Go for an Explosion of Color

Whenever a huge number of floral plants burst into bloom all at once in a single spot, you get an amazing, unforgettable scene. But...

Dakota Adventures with a Tribe Member in the Minnesota River Valley

Article content courtesy Explore Minnesota. Check out profiles of places mentioned and explore more things to do in Southern Minnesota at ExploreMinnesota.com/Southern. Dakota Heritage Sites...

Gateway Arch National Park Guide – A St. Louis Icon

Few monuments in the U.S. are as iconic and recognizable as the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Missouri’s Gateway Arch National Park. At...

Pacific Northwest

Alaska, California, Hawaii Oregon, Washington

Twentynine Palms: Gateway to Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve

You’ve probably heard of Palm Springs, California—a midcentury design giant and popular hangout for well-heeled celebs, retirees and hip millennials seeking a playground close...

Spring in Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: Where to Go for an Explosion of Color

Whenever a huge number of floral plants burst into bloom all at once in a single spot, you get an amazing, unforgettable scene. But...

Step Back In Time and Into the Wild with a Trip to Orcas Island

The benefits of travel go far beyond a simple change of scenery or the ability to engage in non-routine activities. One of the greatest...

Haleakalā National Park – From Sunrise at the Summit to Sunset in Kula

Every visitor to Maui brings home a best-of story. For many it’s about the long, winding and spectacular road to Hana. Plenty give a...

West

Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Explore a Lunar Landscape Right Here on Earth at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Look up at the night sky in south-central Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve and you’ll feel yourself a vital part...

Mixing Art with Nature in Utah at Spiral Jetty and Antelope Island State Park

About two hours from Salt Lake City, in Corinne, Utah, Spiral Jetty, a 1,500 feet-long by 15-feet-wide coiling path winds counterclockwise off Rozel Point...

Utah’s Dark Skies: Canyonlands National Park

Take in the skies while floating and hiking in Labyrinth Canyon. Sights include towering canyon walls, remnants from early river runners and unobstructed views...

10 of Colorado’s Best-Kept Secrets

Think “Colorado” and what likely comes to mind is powder-dusted ski slopes, frosty pints of craft beer and the wild beauty of Rocky Mountain...

Southwest

Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Hiking The Wave — One of the Most Astounding Places You’ll Ever See

Jaw-dropping scenery in a remote desert location combined with extremely limited access make The Wave, located on the border between Arizona and Utah in...

Flashes of Brilliance: “The Lightning Field” in Western New Mexico’s High Desert

In The Lightning Field, Nature and Art Merge to Shape an Electrifying Experience Looking for a place to disconnect from the outer world while you...

Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge – A Little-Known Wildlife Gem

Whisper quiet and lithe, the ocelot hunts prey on the coast of Texas. An endangered population of this small wildcat live in the brackish...

Home of the Bubble Tents: Basecamp Terlingua

Camping at Basecamp Terlingua is like stepping into another world. Located deep in West Texas, the camp is a popular spot for travelers visiting...

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Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio

Gateway Arch National Park Guide – A St. Louis Icon

Few monuments in the U.S. are as iconic and recognizable as the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Missouri’s Gateway Arch National Park. At...

Summer Vacation in Central Minnesota’s Otter Tail Lakes Country

Article courtesy of Explore Minnesota. Discover more Central Minnesota experiences at ExploreMinnesota.com/Central. A trip to Otter Tail County in west-central Minnesota offers mesmerizing natural scenery,...

Insider’s Guide to the Chicago Botanic Garden

Sometimes you just need to stroll through a garden, take a deep breath and smell the Floribunda roses. At the Chicago Botanic Garden—you can...

The 4 Corners of Kansas Offer Outdoor Adventures

I have long envied those who were born in Kansas, and even more so those whose ancestry runs a tight parallel with this state’s...

Southeast

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

The Ultimate Outdoor Guide to Memphis

Home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll, Memphis is a southern destination known for its live music scene and delicious BBQ. But right...

Travel that Heals in Hot Springs and Eureka Springs, Arkansas

These days, we’re all looking for safe spots that provide respite from the everyday routines, same-ole sights and cabin fever that our interior spaces...

Swimming with Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Ever wonder what it’s like to swim with manatees? These gentle giants are curious and will often swim right up to people. Some will...

Endless Summer: Trip Guide to Cumberland Island, Georgia

With 18 miles of secluded, undeveloped beach providing wholly unobstructed vistas, an extraordinary maritime forest of moss-draped live oaks and pines (one of the...

Northeast

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Hiking Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland

Some places seem to have been put on this earth for the sole purpose of regenerating our spirits and Maryland’s Catoctin Mountain Park is...

Pennsylvania Road Trip: Camping in Spectacular State Parks

With its soaring summits, roaring rivers, peaceful lakes and endless hiking trails, Pennsylvania is prime for outdoor adventures. Many of these beautiful places can...

Edge of the Continent: Take a Road Trip to Lubec, Maine For a Restorative Vacation

Lucbec is the easternmost town on the continental United States. These days, it seems more and more people are willing to go to the ends...

Unique Outdoor Experiences in Delaware

Here’s the thing about Delaware: All of the outdoors is well within reach, from the hilly woodlands of Northern Delaware, to Central Delaware’s wildlife refuges, to...

U.S. Territories

American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

National Park of American Samoa: The Most Isolated National Park

  Over 4,000 acres of this national park is underwater. The other 9,000 acres is spread across tropical rainforests and steep volcanic slopes. The National...

Where America’s Day Begins – Exploring Guam

Here, visitors can snorkel with darting fish in brilliant coral reefs and scuba dive to shipwrecks, explore a WWII museum and stunning viewpoints and...

5 Places in the US I Need to See Again, Differently

Two things came to mind when I opened a letter from Avis and read that I was being banned from renting any more cars...