Travel

March 31, 2020

National and State Park Closure Updates During COVID-19

A bison by water on a grey day in Yellowstone.

Editor’s note: After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our retail stores nationwide. For more information, review the FAQs regarding REI’s recent store closures. Please consult the CDC or your state health department for advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on symptoms, testing and how to protect yourself and […]

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March 24, 2020

Biking and Mining In Arizona’s Borderlands

From my vantage point on the road to Montezuma Pass in southern Arizona, I can see a faint, rust-colored line in the sand 1,500 feet below that delineates the border between the United States and Mexico. Just 25 miles earlier, I practically rode my bike into Mexico at the ghost town of Lochiel; amid the […]

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March 12, 2020

Best Hikes Near Boston

Roads and colorful trees are in front of distant, tall buildings against a partly cloudy sky.

With spring blooms, lush summer forests, iconic fall foliage and stark winter beauty, the Boston area’s hiking trails deliver a rich hiking experience, no matter the season. That’s partly thanks to eastern Massachusetts’ surprisingly wide range of geography. Within an hour’s drive of downtown, you’ll find everything from coastal marshes to manicured gardens to rugged […]

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March 12, 2020

Best Bike Rides in San Francisco

Despite being the second-densest major city in the United States, San Francisco has an abundance of outdoor activities, especially if you prefer to adventure on two wheels. The hills may be daunting, but don’t worry. Whether you’re looking to ride road, dirt or gravel, the City by the Bay has rides for every skill level, […]

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March 11, 2020

Best Hikes in Montana

Wildfloweres bloom on the hills over the turquoise Grinnell Lake

Montana’s web of rivers, lakes, mountains and meadows means you could throw a dart at the state map and end up with a bucket-list adventure. And with more than 10,366 miles of trail cataloged on REI’s Hiking Project alone, you may need to resort to dart throwing. Or start here. We’ve rounded up some of […]

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March 9, 2020

How to Choose Headlamps

Climber wearing a headlamp

When you’re setting up your tent at night, trail running at dusk, or just looking for something in your attic, you can't beat the hands-free lighting convenience offered by a headlamp. Headlamps today use LEDs almost exclusively as their light source. LEDs are rugged, energy-efficient and long-lasting. So, what sets one headlamp apart from another? […]

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March 6, 2020

Best Hikes Near Palm Springs

You’d be forgiven for believing California’s Palm Springs is only about second homes, swimming pools and midcentury modern architecture. After all, the Coachella Valley’s unofficial capital has houses enough for double its number of actual residents, and 90 percent of those homes feature some kind of pool. But there is so much more to do […]

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February 25, 2020

Best Hikes in Italy

The sun sets behind rocky spires with two lakes in the foreground.

Hiking in Italy is a breath of fresh air. Literally. From the crisp, high alpine winds to the warm Tuscan coastal breezes, a trip to the boot can leave you refreshed, relaxed and content like few other destinations. If you’re heading to the northern end of the country, be prepared for mountainous terrain and variable […]

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February 12, 2020

Big Bend National Park Hiking Guide

Overlooking a very green landscape during the daytime.

True to Texas style, Big Bend National Park is massive. The 800,000-acre park, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, is larger than the state of Rhode Island by some 23,000 acres. And its size is matched by its geographic diversity, which spans from the banks of the Rio Grande across the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert to the […]

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