High Points: Clingmans Dome, Tennessee
A downright goofy dome marks this highpoint.
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A downright goofy dome marks this highpoint.
It's all about the journey.
America's bloodiest high point
Lose the sun-baked stereotype and bring thoughts of shady canyons and breezy passes.
Here are tons of tree-climbing resources to get you started.
Visit this scary state forest and let your imagination run wild.
The view is high on soy and corn and low on drama.
Time it just right to get to the top of this one.
Access is limited, but well worth the view.
Traveling to this point will leave you at a loss for words.
A fitting place to ponder the true meaning of the term Hoosier.
There's not a bad napping spot anywhere.
If you loathe traffic, the commute to White Butte is pure ecstasy.
Something's happening in this spot where nothing happened.
The view is nothing to write home about, but this newly crowned high point deserves a visit.
Here's your chance to uncover secret paths in this popular park.
Find this high point in the largest national forest outside of Alaska.
This old logging camp and woolly mammoth marching ground provides incredible views.
Helpful tips for scrambling Canada's Rocky Mountain parks
Need a crash course in backpacking? Join our newbie and his brooding teenager as they fend off mountain lions, overzealous retail clerks, and other beginner hazards.
Springtime in the Sonoran Desert
See Hawaii's humpbacks in late winter
Paddle through a timeless Mojave Desert landscape in Arizona
Explore classic views in the Coronado National Forest
Canoe the wildlife-filled waters of Everglades National Park
Spend New Year's in the Big Ditch, where fishing, camping, and hiking await
Flowing water means a lighter load and an easier time exploring
A seldom-visited peak on the Continental Divide Trail
Scrambling this 6,471-foot mountain is a trip, even mid-winter
Explore wild canyons just an hour from Las Vegas
Clear-running creeks, longleaf pines and wildlife in Florida's outback
A hike with an otherworldly desert, a striking escarpment, and hot springs
Blazing foliage and broad Lake Superior views
Only in 400,000 acres of wet backcountry will you find the oldest bird
Explore the past on Otero Mesa
This famous slot canyon hike in Utah and Arizona delivers broad views of the Colorado Plateau
This canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains offers an endless cluster of colors mixed together with some famous geology
Mellow temperatures, low water and autumn colors make for a perfect time in the Smokies
A meandering river and towering cliffs make this the perfect early winter spot
Vibrant colors and a ridge walk you'll never forget
A backpacker's go light heaven: thru-hiking California's High Sierra
An Arctic wildlife extravaganza
Delve into the Shoshone National Forest on the North Fork Trail
Celebrating wilderness protection where the idea began: the Gila Wilderness
Wildlife aplenty at Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary
Conquer the East's hardest dayhike
Prime time in the Rockies to explore the San Juan Hut System
Autumn solitude on a well-watered, 10,000-foot plateau
Take a stunning ridge walk in this glacier-clad wilderness park
Memorable panoramas of Glacier National Park's high peaks
A glacial sculpture of incredible symmetry in northern Canada
From paddling Lake Superior to glacier-hopping in Alaska: 6 hair-raising, lung-busting adventures from America's top outfitters
Allow the plants to color the landscape as you make your way along the trail.
A long hike to the highpoint where weather and black flies could pose a challenge.
True highpointers will find this peak.
You'll find numerous surprises as you explore the lakes, rivers and forests of this highpoint.
An exclusive guide to five hikes that have been under water for 40 years
A night in Yosemite's most famous hotel
Explore a glacier-covered forest near the Canadian Rockies' highest peak
Camping in Death Valley might give you the hottest day of your life.
This gorgeous alpine lake hike sports huge glacier views just an hour outside of Vancouver.
Deep in the heart of the forbidden Tibetan kingdom, a long-awaited adventure inherited from the author's father takes an unexpected twist.
Learn the weird science behind our addiction to waterfalls, and the location of the best trails in North America.
Deep in Wyoming's Wind River Range, an accident with a sliding boulder makes a hiker confront his life, his fate, and his faith in God.
Do you have what it takes to climb Alaska's Denali? Find out with our mountaineer's guide.
Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
Mount Kenya offers classic climbing to all backpackers
Planning to climb Mexico's famous volcano Iztaccíhuatl? Start with our online guide.
Try this ultra-scenic route if you attempt North America's third highest peak.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Jasper National Park, Alberta
The short but stunning Mahoosuc Range has major-league attractions, like the toughest mile on the Appalachian Trail and conditions that discourage the faint of heart.
Rather than simply stare at the Great Wall, a determined hiker decided to get a different perspective.
When you hike the world's highest peaks in search of the legendary snow leopard, be prepared for the unexpected.
The Annapurna Circuit is your path to the rooftop of the world.
Let rivers and ridgelines be your compass as you hike in the shadow of Alaska's Mt. McKinley.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Massachusetts.
Do you ever have the urge to step off the edge and fly like a bird?