We asked the experts—and this is the one trail you can't miss in each of the 61 U.S. national parks
Despite being one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., the Smokies make it easy to plan a last-minute trip and avoid crowds year-round. Here’s our definitive guide on what to know before you go, how to make the most of all the park has to offer, and can’t-miss experiences in every season.
This central California park is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places in the country. It's also one of the most beautiful—a place where sculptural canyons, undulating sand dunes, abundant wildlife, and a luminous sky abound.
We prioritized natural beauty—and lack of crowds
Those iconic bulbous boulders, lucid skies, and namesake trees are mere backdrops to a Californian desert playground filled with jaw-dropping vistas, dynamic hiking trails, and that famous grippy rock. Here’s everything you need to know to explore it.
Here’s how to make the most out of a visit to one of the wildest places in the U.S., from kayaking to birding to fishing and so much more
Long-standing rules for how we do our business in the wilderness are changing in a very big way—and it’s about time
As an out-of-control blaze approached their home, a couple made what seems like a crazy choice: they ignored evacuation orders and stood their ground.
Joey Santore is a tattooed ex-punk who is self-taught in the sciences. Which might explain why he’s getting so many people to care about plants.
On snow as in life, it’s important not to look like a bozo, and for new skiers, handling long, clunky boards is the original challenge. Ignore the hecklers—there’s more than one way to do it right.
Our culture columnist recommends six of the most interesting newsletters out there—from thru-hiking dispatches to Neko Case’s reflections on nature
A revered figure in modern climbing literature, Katie Ives is known for her intense work ethic and for encouraging writers who weren’t always invited to the club. In her first book, she explores how the physical and fantastical aspects of big peaks have, for centuries, inspired human dreams.
With summer here, we’re getting back into ambitious recreation, and that means a return to grit, sweat, and serious post-fun scrubbing. Cleanliness connoisseur Danielle Sepulveres explains how these wetdowns can create memories all their own.
They don’t need to be huge—just big enough to store all your gear and all your dreams
For two years, I logged nearly 70 snack varieties in a spreadsheet on my search for the perfect adventure snack
Some #vanlife upgrades are worth the money. Others are not.
In an excerpt from ‘In Search of Mycotopia,’ a new book about different communities exploring the multiple uses of fungi and mushrooms, the author goes foraging with William Padilla-Brown, a rising star in the mycological movement
We’ve been testing skis for decades. These are our all-time favorites for groomers, backcountry bowls, and everything in between.
And here’s how you can do it yourself at home, step-by-step
Take care of your waterproof soft goods with these expert tips
Know the risks, the terrain, and the gear you need before your maiden voyage into the backcountry
The Selk'bag is here to help you survive a pandemic winter
How does the 2021 Basecamp X measure up to #vanlife?
The Platypus GravityWorks 4.0 is the best filter of its kind
Keep warm this winter by harvesting fuel yourself
These maps are packed with information about current conditions. All you need to know is how to interpret them.
What to do when you're on an outdoor adventure and disaster strikes
It's the lightest backpacking meal—and one of the easiest and tastiest
This is the single finest example of a go-anywhere family wagon ever created
From a cult-favorite publisher launching a national-parks series to a Kevin Costner–narrated app, these five new releases are reinventing the traditional field guide
The popular running lids can't always take the heat. These are the exceptions.
Wim Hof's teachings about breath work and the health benefits of cold plunges have attracted millions of followers who swear it has cured everything from depression to diabetes and makes them happier and stronger. Our writer traveled to Iceland (naturally) for a deep dive with the man and his methods.
You can tell a lot about a person by the bike they ride
Flashlights have flooded the market. Here's how to choose the best one for you.
The ursine inhabitants of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center test dozens of containers each year to see if they're worthy of bear-proof certification
We asked a professional chef and a nutritionist to evaluate ten meals. Here's what rose to the top.
Armenians and Turks have a long and hostile history that includes a genocide. On a cross-country journey in 2006, two young cyclists formed a bond that bridged this fraught past.
This pastoral stretch of the Southern Appalachian mountains in Virginia is packed with hiking, fishing, road biking, and other adventures—if you know where to look
A tale about two-wheeled island hopping in the midnight sun
The key is to go all out on the things you feel comfortable doing
The perfect DIY activity for car camping or even an evening in your own backyard
This expert advice will help you get out of a rut and take your skills to a new level
From Alabama to Wyoming, we found the best off-grid sites for chilling out, escaping the hordes, and finding adventure
You're never too old—or too good—to brush up on your technique
This three-move bodyweight routine is all you need to improve athletic ability
Five campsites with views worth the drive
Researchers have identified an alarming lack of books about Black children in nature. Diversifying your bookshelf can help kids find themselves in literature—and the outdoors.
How the practice continues to comfort the former big-wall climber after a life-changing spinal injury
With stormchasing tours more popular than ever, our writer set out to discover why this risky pastime is once again taking off
From international hot spots to backyard breaks, here's where you’ll find the reigning women's world surf champ riding waves
A new school of social-media influencers are giving hunting a fresh and decidedly female face. Our writer joins two rising stars of “huntstagram” in the Arizona backcountry to chase mule deer for her first time—and see if she can stomach what it takes to be an omnivore.
A handful of apps are rebranding the menstrual cycle as a female athlete's untapped superpower. Here's what you need to know about them.
No, you don't have to eat freeze-dried food in the woods
There's no such thing as one best knife
Artist Jackson Stell is crafting music that captures the ecstatic feelings we have when we venture into the natural world
'Tamago kake gohan' is my go-to post-workout meal and takes just 15 minutes to make
You can make backyard-style meals wherever your adventure itch takes you
Should all your training be hard? Do you need to stretch? We've got answers.
Use these tips to create light, healthy, and packable summer meals
An ode to the easy, breezy wardrobe staple
For more than three decades, Paul Knapp Jr. has taken travelers out into the Caribbean Sea to hear humpback whales. Now seismic blasts threaten to silence their songs.
How a sick friend, a wedding in Mexico, and a cabin in Montana all led up to the A5 Wagyu striploin of my dreams
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.
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
Are electric vehicles ready for the open road and the backcountry?
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
There's so much more to seeing through the dark than brightness alone
In the latest installment of Ask a Doctor, Outside's resident physician dives into trends like vinegar shots and Theraguns
Science says the HoverGlide reduces vertical forces by more than 80 percent. But what does it actually feel like?
An off-trail adventure through perhaps the prettiest chunk of the lower 48
Black cyclist Jonny Altrogge shares why he biked the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route—and what he learned along the way
The two-hour corridor from Asheville, North Carolina, to Bluff City, Tennessee, packs eight adventures into 60 miles
Two documentaries, 'Big Fur' and 'Stuffed,' set out to show that this sticky-fingered branch of natural history is full of beauty and wonder. Do they succeed? Our reviewer, who knows a lot more about the subject than he ought to, says yes.