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It’s finally time to take that beach vacation. You might as well post up right by the ocean.

If you’re worried about how the current campsite and rental-car shortages are going to impact your summer travels, consider these options. We’ve rounded up our favorite companies in six cities, plus the itineraries to test them out on.

Nothing matters once you’re out the door! Whatever you forget is simply not joining you on the adventure.

It’s just south of the border yet entirely a world away from the typical American outdoor experience. Here’s how to camp your way down the Mexican peninsula.

Load up the car to see snow-covered volcanoes, cool desert landscapes, and empty beaches without any of summer's big crowds

From international hot spots to backyard breaks, here's where you’ll find the reigning women's world surf champ riding waves

Islands are probably not what come to mind when you think of a trip to New England, but they should be. These spots are all accessible through ferries and tour operators and will show you a side of the Northeast that few think to explore.

TrailKeg’s growler holds four beers in a streamlined, double-walled insulated package that carries well in a pinch. But we like this one for backyard parties, because of the tap and CO2 accessories that you can add, which turn the bottle into a mini keg.

We tested the Party Cooler for our roundup of go-anywhere travel totes and it topped the list. Our tester Kelly Bastone wrote: “I found the cooler capacity to be perfect for a two-person picnic, and the uninsulated portion held a blanket, sunscreen, book, and extra layers.” Plus, the Kassia…

Six towns and cities with awesome adventure potential that we'd move to right now if we could

The start of spring is one of the best times to travel, thanks to perfect weather, fun festivals, and a screaming flight deal to the Virgin Islands

Want to avoid the winter blues? These warm adventure remedies are here to help, from mountain biking in Baja to hiking Dominica.

Mexico's 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula is a magnet for travelers in search of their own arid slice of adventure paradise. From surfing to mountain biking to beach lounging, here's how to get off the beaten path and do it right.

I traveled abroad on a shoestring budget. Here's how I did it—and how you can, too.

Some bucket-list destinations will be more budget-friendly than ever this year. Here's where to go to make your dollar stretch.

On the wave-rich islands of Canada's Haida Gwaii, surfing is creating new connections to an age-old culture—and surfboards have been given a more befitting name

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

The once idyllic coastal area of California has been besieged by tourists, and residents worry that lasting environmental damage is being done. But how can you tell visitors not to come when tourism supports so many? One local, Josh Marcus, looks for solutions.

The Emerald City is surrounded by mountains and has access to the ocean, but some of its biggest outdoor draws can be reached by public transportation

Yes, fall in the northeast equals peak foliage. But the season also offers up an abundance of uncrowded adventures in the mountains, on lakes, and along the coast.

For times when you want the surf and sand but not all the hype

Want to get away on a dime? Here's where to go.

Stunning swimming holes, lakes, and pools to dunk into as temps heat up

Keep this tiny kite (just 3.9 ounces) in your backpack and you’ll be ready to fly whenever the breeze picks up. The single line control and ripstop nylon lend the Pocket Flyer durability and ease-of-use, so it’s perfect for a hilltop on a windy day.

An incredibly agile kite, the Synapse has dual Dyneema lines with wrist straps that let you whip it back and forth across the sky. Its large wings are responsive but not finicky. And the Synapse has good range, able to fly in winds as slow as six miles per hour…

Hengda is one of the most trusted names in kites. This low-maintenance parafoil-style model doesn’t have a frame—it still flies taut in the wind, but there’s not much that can break. You need a solid gust to achieve lift, but the Parafoil is easy to pack and carry, and the…

Want to do stunts? This dual-line kite is built for performing flips and twists, with a lightweight fiberglass frame and ripstop nylon body. Wrist straps keep the lines secure, but the Osprey and its 60-inch wingspan are best suited for medium-strength wind (think eight to eighteen miles per hour).

The Symphony Beach packs up small and is easy to transport, thanks to its frameless design. Its dual lines give it exceptional handling so that even beginners and kids can pull out-of-the-box tricks.

There are more than 10,000 different state parks across the country, many of which have terrain that rivals any national park

A national park conservation advocate shares his advice on how to avoid crowds, get off the beaten path, see wildlife, and find adventure

Spending a night in paradise doesn’t have to cost as much as a month’s rent back home

The brand's new paper and wax model biodegrades—and costs only $10

Don't travel this iconic route without hitting up great camping, hiking, surfing, and more along the way

This unassuming little beach chair weighs just 3.2 pounds but it can accommodate up to 320. Nice touch: The legs come with big plastic feet to prevent sinkage into the sand.

From a barrier island off South Carolina’s coast to a remote ski town in British Columbia, we’ve rounded up our (and our kids'!) favorite places to chase adventure this summer

Yep, Costco. Here are six cut-rate trips you can take thanks to the bulk superstore.

With 50 countries and more than a decade of travel under her belt, Liz Carlson, AKA the Young Adventuress, knows a thing or two about the best locales for a trip abroad

A century-long effort to designate Indiana's first national park finally paid off last week

Winter blues already got you down? These trips make it easy to find sun and sand.

Surfers on Lake Michigan are getting sick, and they think they know why

How to turn Tinseltown into a mountain town

These lightweight, super-packable water wickers deserve a place in your travel bag

Last year we featured this bike, calling it “the ultimate toy for big kids.” Now it’s going to be used by law enforcement.

We're all for trashy novels, but if you want something a little different, may we suggest gossipy surf memoirs and musings on the wellness industry?

It was 1994 and writer, director, and photographer Jeff Johnson was a lifeguard on Oahu when 30-foot waves started detonating on the reef.

These are sturdy enough to take on any adventure and comfortable enough to wear every day—but they won't cost you an arm and a leg

Warm weather has officially arrived, and we’ve got your plan: the most stunning beaches for surfing, casting, lounging, and exploring

A four-year battle over a tiny patch of river beach in Northern California—between two middle-aged guys with way too much time on their hands—illustrates the deep divide in how we perceive access rights to public lands

Depending on the vote Tuesday, some products from big names like Banana Boat and Coppertone could soon be missing from shelves in the Aloha State

Got a job you can do from anywhere? These eight international adventure towns and cities welcome you.

Five times the size of Texas, the country offers a stunning array of options for getting lost. Here are eight of our favorite escapes.

Remote, empty spots to pitch your tent in peace this summer

From rafting whitewater to glamping among the sheep, these adventures will keep everyone happy

Swap ice and cold for sand and sun

Whether you want to dedicate a few hours or a few weeks, here's how to give back on your next trip

Why one couple couldn’t keep a secluded Caribbean island to themselves

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

The best flip flops for under $50

The ultimate rules-free weekend date

The perfect summer day in this California beach town

From filmmaker Taylor Gray, Clearly Coastal is a drone journey along the coast of Oregon.

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

There's so much more than sunbathing at these eight spots

Make the most of summer with these 48-hour ­adventures, from surfing in Texas to tasting your way through Oregon’s wine country

In our ongoing Weekly Escape series, we aim to transport you from your desk to an incredible place in two minutes or less. In this week's installment, videographer Matt Vasquez traveled to Point Lobos State Park in Carmel, California.

These six remote beaches are worth the effort it takes to get there

Five adventures that don't involve ski resorts

Wander to Washington highlights a remarkable road trip taken by Jeir Lazo and Guada Melicor.

In our ongoing Weekly Escape series, we aim to transport you from your desk to an incredible place.

How to build a huge fire while staying on the right side of the law

Baja: The ultimate weekend escape. And it’s way easier than you think to get here.

Need to thaw out? Here are beaches worth visiting this winter.

Nothing more than a zipper and some mesh separate you from the dreamy, maritime air if you set up camp on these seven beaches

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