Travel

June 7, 2020

Photo Essay: Greetings from America

White Sands National Park

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Using memories from her childhood summer road trips as a narrative spine, photographer Jennifer Emerling creates her own contemporary “postcards.” For this ongoing project, she looks to capture shared instances of joy, traveling to places where tourists from around the world converge. […]

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May 13, 2020

Baby’s First Thru-Hike

The Muldoons in front of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the culmination of their Camino Francés hike.

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.  Ever since they met while studying abroad, REI members Pablo and Rachel Muldoon talked about trekking the Camino de Santiago, a network of trails established by religious pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Of the many routes—all leading to the saint’s purported tomb […]

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April 2, 2020

How to Mountain Bike in Tucson

Tucson Mountain Biking

Sunny Tucson, Arizona is famous for its giant, sculptural saguaro cacti—and for good reason. But did you know the city is also surrounded by five different mountain ranges ripe for riding? So whether you're downtown or down the road, here’s how to get the best of the city's massive trail network while on two wheels.  Sample Both […]

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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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