Travel

December 29, 2020

A New Way to Experience the Adirondacks

Adirondacks in New York

Ask any visitor to the Adirondack Park in New York what they like best about it, and you’ll likely get an answer along the lines of “the peace and quiet.” At 6 million acres, it’s easy to find vast areas of rocky peaks, networks of ponds and rivers and more than 2,000 miles of trails […]

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December 1, 2020

How to Find Solitude in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hikers on a bridge in the Smokies

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. Some locations within Great Smoky Mountains National Park may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check with the NPS for current conditions. For the 76th year in a row, Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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October 30, 2020

Yosemite Wilderness and Half Dome Permits Guide

Yosemite National Park

Editor’s note: Please consult the CDC or your state health department for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When spending time outdoors, please recreate responsibly. By now, we all know: Our national parks are popular. The year 2019 was the fifth consecutive year that National Park Service-operated lands topped 300 million annual visits. Yosemite National Park is no […]

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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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