Chicago, IL: Watch raptors' sunset hunts.
The go-now guide for the central region.
Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.
Your region's go-now guide: Perfect days in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Tulsa.
Your region's go-now guide
Your region's go-now guide.
See a week's worth of terrain on an epic dawn-to-dusk hike.
Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.
Climb dunes, find instant solitude, camp atop riverside bluffs, ascend to surprising above-treeline views, and hike along the St. Croix River.
This region's top mapper has notched 20 bag nights and 200 trail miles in 9 states this year scouting trails for BACKPACKER. Here are three of his favorite routes.
Camp next to forest lakes and rock-hop across clear streams.
Your favorite Great Lakes hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Climb high (really!) in the Midwest.
New to hiking? Brian Simpson
has a foolproof plan for doing it all wrong.
Being bordered by the Great Lakes, the Dakota Badlands, and the rivers of the Mississippi Valley gives Midwesterners plenty of land and water for hiking and camping adventure–even if the local high point is still lower than a Colorado knoll.
Fall camping season seems to go on forever with these fair-weather weekend trips.
How Cold War weapons sites are becoming America's most unusual new preserves.
A fitting place to ponder the true meaning of the term Hoosier.
This Indiana Dunes trail offers visitors views of the lake, the Chicago skyline, wildflowers and some of the tallest trees in the region.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Indiana.
Rare stands of virgin hardwood and creekside camping beckon sunburned hikers.
A hiker's oasis in the hills and valleys of the Midwest.
Play out your Lawrence of Suburbia fantasies at Indiana Dunes.
You won't get a nosebleed on the Knobstone Trail, but you will get a taste of Hoosier high country.