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The veteran of more than 20 long-distance wilderness hikes, Liz Thomas knows how to navigate the most remote, wild places on earth. In 2011, she set the record for the fastest female thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and she’s gone on to make a living as...

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Lisa Bauman-Cook has spent thousands of hours crawling, shimmying, scrambling, and rappelling into caves across the western United States. But do not call her a spelunker. 

That term, she says, was coined by mid-20th-century tourism boosters to entice customers into caves. As a result, in...

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San Luis Obispo—or SLO, as it’s known to locals—is a town of about 50,000 people tucked into the rolling hills on the Central California Coast. Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, it’s a world away from any big city, with a laid-back, outdoorsy vibe all its own. After work, residents...

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July 10 is the last day to submit your comments on the national monuments review!

There’s no easy way to get to Point Arena: the three-hour drive from San Francisco hugs...

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Despite their reputation for Midwestern politeness, residents of St. Paul and Minneapolis are locked in an intense rivalry—and it's not a fight for the best sports teams, hippest concert venues, or tastiest restaurants. It's about parks.

The Trust for Public Land ParkScore...

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Mention California’s Napa Valley and most people think wine country, not wilderness. But beyond the vineyards and tasting rooms you’ll also find hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and spectacular views–if you know where to look.

Dominated by Mount St. Helena, Robert Louis Stevenson State...

Happy 30th anniversary Columbia River Gorge
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The Columbia River Gorge is 85 miles of awesome, unwinding from the arid plateaus east of the Cascades to the towering temperate rainforests just outside of Portland, Oregon. It’s a wonderland of thousand-foot cliffs, thundering waterfalls, vibrant wildflowers, and epic views up and down the...

Dallas, Texas
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Better known for big hair and big hats, the city of Dallas has a park system more on the modest side: #40 out of the 75 on The Trust for Public Land Parkscore® index in 2015. But if you know where to look, you’ll find some one-of-a-kind parks in this...

Allemansratt Wilderness Park, Minnesota
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The Swedes have a word with no English equivalent: allemansrätten, “every person’s right” to roam. It’s a celebrated Nordic tradition that allows anyone to cross private property—to hike, bike, even fish or pick berries—so long as they don’t disturb the owners and they care for the land...

Aerial photo of Kawela Bay, Hawaii
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Its idyllic setting on Oahu’s North Shore makes the coastline surrounding Turtle Bay Resort a choice location for wildlife, beach-goers, and even film crews: sharp eyes might recognize it as the backdrop for Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the TV series Lost. Despite all the...

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