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Expert advice and inside scoops on your favorite national parks and premier destinations.
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Expert advice and inside scoops on your favorite national parks and premier destinations.
Racetrack Playa's Mysterious Moving Rocks

November 2014: Death Valley National Park, CA
Death Valley's Wandering Rocks Explained
Scientists recently solved the mystery of Racetrack Playa’s moving stones.


Mt. Clay Mt. Jefferson summits in White Mountains New Hampshire, photo by Erin Paul Donovan


October 2014: White Mountains, NH
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. Get his top tips on exploring New England’s biggest alpine zone. PLUS: Our expert's favorite books for learning more about the White Mountains.

Boundary Waters, Minnesota image by Bryan Hansel

July/August 2014: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN
Daniel Pauly, 47, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, wrote a guidebook for the area after he spent the past two decades exploring the 1,500 miles of canoe routes and portages. “I’ve covered pretty much all it,” he says. Grab your paddle to explore a watery wilderness where solitude reigns. PLUS: Pauly's must-read list for the area.

June 2014: Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks

Expert Mike White's Reading List
Mike White, 61, of Reno, NV wrote two guidebooks about the SEKI area and has personally hiked every trail in both parks. Here’s what’s on his local-reading bookshelf.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide