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The Best Ghost Town Hikes in the U.S.

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These eerily beautiful ghost towns—complete with abandoned mines and train depots—add historical interest to nearby hikes. By Paul Chisholm

The Best National Park Day Hikes

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Only have a day to spare? Here are our short-and-sweet picks for 10 popular national parks. By Drew Allred

America's Best Watchtower Hikes

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These towers offer the best views in town—and you can hike to them. By Paul Chisholm

Hunter Indicted Over 2013 Rim Fire

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Keith Matthew Emerald was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Yellowstone is Not Erupting, But Thanks For Asking

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The park issued a statement to dispel some rumors.

Tourist Crashes Drone in Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone

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Drone pilot flees park before telling officials.

The Best Yelp Reviews of National Parks

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Everyone's a critic, it seems—especially when it comes to national parks. Our man scoured Yelp to find out what some Americans really think about America's Best Idea. By Ted Alvarez

The Best Fossil Hikes in North America

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Want to feel young? Hike to some of the continent's coolest prehistoric sites.
By Katie Ewen

Favorite White Mountain Books

Reading List: White Mountains, NH

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Steve Smith, 60, of Lincoln, New Hampshire, owns The Mountain Wanderer (a specialty map and guidebook shop) and co-authored the AMC's White Mountain Guide, which details 1,420 trail miles—all of which Smith has hiked, making him one of about 20 people to have "red-lined" the entire guide. Here are his favorite books for learning more about the area

The Best Stargazing Spots in the U.S.

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Pitch your tent in one of these 9 parks for a prime view of the cosmos.
By Abbey Dufoe

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