Vancouver Island is home to mountains, glaciers, lakes, forests of centuries-old trees, and hundreds of kilometers of coastline. The hiking opportunities here range from multi-day coastal treks to full-day summit hikes and peaceful walks through meadows and valleys. Along the rugged west coast of the island, you’ll find life-changing hikes, like the West Coast Trail […]
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    Lying off the southeastern tip of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands encompass one of the world’s largest coral reef systems, earning the islands a reputation as a premier dive destination. Exquisite white-sand beaches fringe this necklace of about 40 islands, where water sports, nature trails, iguana reserves, underground caves, and dazzling seascapes are the […]
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    New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer more than magnificent scenery and popular tourist attractions. They are among the nation’s most loved places to hike and climb. On its way from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail crosses the state along the ridgelines of the Presidential and Franconia ranges, over the summit of Mt. Washington (the highest peak in the Northeast), and through a […]
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    Following the state’s highest ridgelines from the northern border with Canada to the Massachusetts state line in the south, Vermont’s Long Trail is America’s oldest long distance hiking trail. But day hikers can enjoy segments of the trail, and use the miles of well-maintained side trails to reach the more than 40 summits the Long Trail connects. Because the Long Trail […]
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    Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is a beautiful area of mountains and valleys, known for inspiring lookouts and high waterfalls. Many of the trails in the park are relatively short, although often steep and intense, and lead to astounding views or impressive natural features. The most famous trail is the Appalachian Trail that runs through the park, extending from Maine to Georgia in […]
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    There are many magical things to be seen in Vegas, and no I’m not talking about the neon lights, expansive billboards, and sidewalk street performers. Instead I’m talking about Seven Magic Mountains: bright pillars plopped in the middle of the barren, hot Nevada desert. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you and this isn’t a mirage. These seven neon […]
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    Every outdoor explorer has encountered fear. There’s the kind of adrenaline-pumping, cliff-hanging, possible bone-breaking fear that grips us anytime we take on a difficult hike. And then there’s a fear not every outdoorsman/woman has experienced: the kind that makes your chest tighten, your palms clam, and sends shivers down your back. A little heart-pounding fear […]
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    California is a hiker’s paradise, with an incredible diversity of landscapes. The nature sites are so sublime that simple descriptions only hint at their grandeur: the magnificent glacier-carved valley of Yosemite, a breathtaking mountainous coastline in Big Sur, the serenely barren Mojave Desert, the majestic snow-capped Mount Shasta, and a rugged, untamed wilderness in Solstice […]
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