Adventure

August Astronomical Highlights: Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

August Astronomical Highlights: Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

By Kelly Kizer Whitt August is the time to sit back, relax and enjoy the free show overhead. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific annual meteor showers and the only one that occurs in the summer. The Perseids can produce up to 100 meteors an hour at their peak, which is […]

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    Float On This Season With 9 Paddling Must-Haves

    Float On This Season With 9 Paddling Must-Haves

    By Conor Mihell After nearly 20 years of venturing in canoes and kayaks down wild rivers and along all three of North America’s seacoasts, plus guiding multiday tours on the Great Lakes, I have distilled my expectations for paddle-sports gear into three nonnegotiables: simplicity, versatility and durability. Based on those criteria, here are some favorites. […]

    The Hiker’s Guide to Communing With Nature

    The Hiker’s Guide to Communing With Nature

    By Jillian Mackenzie If you’ve visited the wilderness recently, you may have noticed something: people. People with walking sticks, people with selfie sticks, people with more people in tow. Surging numbers of visitors are hiking, camping, and all-around loving the outdoors. A whopping 330,882,751 of them spent 1.44 billion hours in our national parks in […]

    3 Agritourism Hotspots to Visit This Summer

    3 Agritourism Hotspots to Visit This Summer

    By Brian Barth Looking for a different idea for a summer getaway? Agritourism—a general term referring to the notion of visiting a farm for recreational or educational purposes—is a growing sector that gives anyone a chance to experience farm life, while also providing another revenue stream to said farmers—no WOOFing required (unless you want!). Many […]

    Finding a Future in the Forest

    Finding a Future in the Forest

    By Maggie Badore One of the largest remaining tropical rainforests in the Americas stretches across the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, and reaches down into Guatemala and Belize. The forests are home to an innumerable number of species, from jaguars and mahogany trees, to plants, insects and animals still yet to be […]

    10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

    10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

    Each year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10 percent of the global economy, it supplies millions of jobs and benefits countless communities. Yet while travel has many positive impacts, it can also take a heavy toll on the environment, […]

    19 New Trails to Explore as the National Trails System Turns 50

    19 New Trails to Explore as the National Trails System Turns 50

    This Saturday, the American Hiking Society is celebrating a very special National Trails Day—2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Trails System Act, which created and protected some of the U.S.’s most loved scenic and historic walks. Now, just in time for Saturday’s festivities, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has […]