Places to Go

There are numerous trails to explore in the U.S. and globally!

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U.K. and Other International Hikes

Hiking Articles & Websites

Check out these articles and websites to find some local hiking spots and exotic locales for your next outdoor adventure!

Tips for America’s Most Visited National Parks Michelle Doucette, editor of online travel community pulled together a fantastic list of tips on how to visit the five most popular national parks: The Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Olympic National Park, and Yellowstone. She has great tips on what to do, places to eat and where to stay while you are there.

Sunset Magazine: The West’s Best Places to Camp, May 2009 A great article from the May 2009 edition of Sunset Magazine.  It is full of information on 90 campgrounds from California to the Rocky Mountains, all the way up the Pacific Northwest and into the Southwest.

Winter snowshoeing trip in the John Muir Wilderness
Winter snowshoeing trip in the John Muir Wilderness

New York Times Guide to Summer Camping, 2009 The New York Times put together this comprehensive article with details on many popular summer camping spots at U.S. National Parks. They have included information on making reservations, fees, and how we all need to book in advance because camping is increasing in popularity due to the weak economy. (You can create a login to the NYT for free if you don’t already have one).

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.” – John Muir

New York Times Opinion Column by Nicholas D. Kristof, “How to Lick a Slug”. The Pulitzer prize winning journalist, Nicholas Kristof, wrote this excellent piece about traveling with his 11-year old daughter and dog on the Pacific Crest Trail in California. Kristof makes it clear how important it is for the current generation of children to develop an appreciation for nature. He doesn’t want his daughter to have the same view as the 4th grader from San Diego quoted in Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, “I like to play indoors better, ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” So let’s get outside and drag the kids out too!

National Park Service The ultimate list and data source on America’s National Parks.  This is the official website, so you’ll find all the detailed information you’ll need to plan a trip – directions, pictures, park info, fees, activities, etc. Have fun planning your next adventure! 

National Geographic Society Their magazines, TV shows, and online content have inspired people for generations. They are a great resource for learning about the world of adventure that is waiting for us to start exploring. Also check out this page on the National Geographic site for a comprehensive information about many of the U.S. National Parks: NGS National Park link. Also National Geographic Traveler’s guide to National Parks has a lot of great pictures and info about America’s National Parks.

The 10 Best Bargains in Adventure Travel This USA Today article lays out 10 great adventure travel trips. Who knew that trekking to Everest Base Camp would ever make in on a “bargain” list!

Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum If you get to Golden, Colorado, check out the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. It was opened in February 2008, and is the only mountaineering museum in the U.S.

One comment

  1. margaret watson says:

    I am travelling to South Korea and wondered if you knew of any hiking groups going on adventure backpacking in the mountains. This would include overnights but since I’m going Nov 5th-12th you can’t camp but you must rent a lodge to sleep in. Please contact me via email if you could refer me to a group and/or any suggestions you might have. I am interested in an adventure involving at least a medium level of difficulty for the climb.

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