Adventure

10 Eco-Destinations in North America to Add to Your Bucket List

10 Eco-Destinations in North America to Add to Your Bucket List

In the 1950s, the world was crisscrossed by some 25 million annual tourists (i.e., overnight visitors). In 2014, according to the Center for Responsible Travel, that number ballooned to nearly 1.2 billion—about a 4,000 percent increase—contributing $7.6 trillion (almost 10 percent) to the world’s GDP. But the sad and inescapable fact is that all our […]

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    Celebrating John Muir’s Incessant Study That Saved Yosemite National Park

    Celebrating John Muir’s Incessant Study That Saved Yosemite National Park

    Run a Google search on naturalist and preservationist John Muir and you will quickly turn up one of his best-known, yet abbreviated, sayings: “The mountains are calling and I must go.” It’s a compelling quote that says it all for many outdoor lovers, which may explain why it’s printed widely on mugs, t-shirts, posters and […]

    12 Kid-Friendly National Parks

    12 Kid-Friendly National Parks

    By Hallie Smith Our national parks can be fun for the whole family. Here are a few parks that are especially kid-friendly and great destinations for National Park Week. This year marks the centennial year of the National Park Service, so there is no better time to teach our children how precious our national parks […]

    The National Park Service Is Turning 100 and You’re Invited

    The National Park Service Is Turning 100 and You’re Invited

    Big birthdays can be tough to plan, from deciding how to have fun and satisfy competing friend groups, to crafting party invitations that tactfully say, “No, I am not too old for presents.” But the National Park Service, which will celebrate its centennial on Aug. 25, knows there’s only one way to ensure a flawless birthday bash: […]

    Kayaking Chile’s Free-Flowing Pascua River

    Kayaking Chile’s Free-Flowing Pascua River

    The remote beach was empty except for me and my companions. The broad expanse of sea was empty, too and I squinted at the horizon, looking for a human shape. This was two years ago, deep in southern Chile and five of us had just descended the bottom section of the Pascua—a burly, glacier-fed river—by […]

    David Suzuki: Get Outside!

    David Suzuki: Get Outside!

    For the most part, our brains didn’t evolve in cities. But in a few decades, almost 70 percent of the world’s people will live in urban environments. Despite the prosperity we associate with cities, urbanization presents a major health challenge. Cities, with their accelerated pace of life, can be stressful. The results are seen in […]

    5 Reasons to Explore the Untamed Beauty of Denali National Park

    5 Reasons to Explore the Untamed Beauty of Denali National Park

    Denali is Alaska’s most well known national park, attracting nearly half a million visitors every year. To enter the park, there is only one 92-mile road visitors must travel. To help reduce traffic congestion and to protect the natural resources of the park, personal vehicles are not allowed beyond a certain point of Denali Park Road for […]

    20 Stunning Photos of the World’s Most Beautiful Trees

    20 Stunning Photos of the World’s Most Beautiful Trees

    Trees are often referred to as the “lungs of the Earth“—and for good reason. Trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, creating a hospitable environment for humans and other life forms. Last year, researchers at Yale University estimated that the planet is home to 3.04 trillion trees—that’s 422 trees per person. But according to those researchers, humans are removing trees at the […]