January 11, 2019

10 Top Hikes in Michigan

A multi-colored sunset at Isle Royale National Park.

The diverse landscape, scenic vistas and varied terrain of Michigan's many trail networks give hikers plenty to explore in the Great Lakes State. Whether you are visiting the remote and rugged trails of the Upper Peninsula or looking for a quick outing near the major metro areas, the state has a multitude of hiking trails […]

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January 8, 2019

Top Trip Ideas for the Traveling Family

Family getting splashed on the Rogue River.

Traveling with kids can feel daunting. Unpredictable schedules, long travel days and new foods can quickly create a stressful environment to navigate as a family. But instead of waiting until your kids are mature enough for a big vacation, choose a trip that works for your family—and don’t be afraid to try something new. You […]

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January 3, 2019

How to Visit and Explore Patagonia

Tents sit in front of jagged spires in Patagonia.

n paper, Patagonia is simply a region. A 260,000-square-mile expanse of land that covers the southern half of both Chile and Argentina as they narrow into nothingness at the bottom of the globe. But in person, Patagonia feels like a test lab for adventure, where every possible environmental variable has been turned up to 11. […]

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January 2, 2019

Why You Need to Go Glamping in 2019

A cabin in the woods with a couple standing outside

It was a dark and stormy night, but Dark 'n' Stormies weren't on our minds. Camp cocktails would come later. We nosed our car down dirt roads, our path illuminated by our headlights. Finally, after eluding us for nearly four hours, Narrowsburg, New York, was within our grasp. Our GPS wasn’t cooperating, but that was […]

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January 2, 2019

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

A woman peeking out of a bright-orange sleeping bag

Because waking up in your tent shivering in the middle of the night is a miserable experience, the key factor when you choose a sleeping bag is its temperature rating. If you have a reasonable idea of the coldest conditions you anticipate on your adventure, you can pick a bag that will keep you warm […]

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January 2, 2019

Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

A woman peeking out of a bright-orange sleeping bag

Because waking up in your tent shivering in the middle of the night is a miserable experience, the key factor when you choose a sleeping bag is its temperature rating. If you have a reasonable idea of the coldest conditions you anticipate on your adventure, you can pick a bag that will keep you warm […]

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December 28, 2018

How to Save Phone Battery Life in the Backcountry

Woman holding cellphone with map on it in front of green grass.

Now, before we begin, we want to be clear: We don’t endorse being glued to your phone in the great outdoors. In fact, we think time spent in nature provides the perfect excuse for taking a break from the trappings of modern life. However, we have to admit that sometimes our smartphones can be a […]

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December 26, 2018

How to Hike the Camino de Santiago

Camino to the coast.

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, is an epic Catholic pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Although the Camino is actually a network of trails, its most popular route, the Camino Francés, spans from the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the base of the French Pyrenees to Santiago de […]

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December 26, 2018

How to Travel and Hike in Japan

Tenryu-ji garden in fall.

For many international travelers, Japan is a top destination for unique experiences—the food, nightlife, temples, shrines and gardens create a culture unlike anything else in the world. But, in addition to its cultural offerings, the island nation is also known for its natural wonders. From cherry blossom season to fall colors and winter snow sports, […]

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