Empty White Mountain summits. Tourist-free Yellowstone geysers. Rarely hiked Yosemite ridges. Rangers, guidebook writers, outfitters, and ultra-hikers dish their favorite routes for the first time.
America’s leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Park’s quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.
Notch the best northern lights show in the Lower 48.
We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.
Want to test the waters before attempting a Primitive Management Area? Get some experience on these traditional Boundary Waters trips first.
Want to vanish into the quietest, wildest corners
of the Boundary Waters? Say these magic words:
Primitive Management Area.
Whether you're looking for Coastal, Canyon, Peak, Forest, or Urban hikes, we have those. Plus some paddling (Water) trips for good measure.
Hit the water, and see plenty of wildlife and scenic views, on these paddling trips in Alaska, Florida, and Minnesota.
Looking for animals? This Minnesota paddle is a sure bet.
Time to cool down. Hike to these refreshing swimming holes and settle right into summer.
You know that the big-name parks draw big-time crowds. But each of those outdoor icons has a lesser-known replacement that offers some of the same classic features and epic scenery–and you get it all to yourself.
Shhh! Find silent shores in this isolated Boundary Waters hideaway
Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.
Find this high point in the largest national forest outside of Alaska.
Get lost in the land o' lakes with 3 quiet, crowd-free trails
In Minnesota's Boundary Waters, thousands of blue routes await those willing to dip a paddle.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Minnesota.
Hear wild horses thunder through camp. Look for wolf tracks in the mud or eagles' nests in the cliffs high above. Cast off the workaday world and go hike an island paradise.
A watery paradise, a hiker's secret.