7 Ways and Places to Experience the Great Outdoors

Outdoors and adventure trips and weekends are waiting around the corner, often in your own backyard. Be inspired to get up and go with these itineraries around the USA – day trips, drives, hikes and adventuring in the wild, rafting and zip lining.

Curated by Editor Alison Plummer


Glacier National Park, Montana

By travel writer Becky Lomax

Glacier for the Adventurous


Grand Canyon (North Rim), Arizona

By travel writer George Miller

Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Escape the Crowds


Maui, Hawaii

By travel writer Carol Fowler

Maui Mountain High on Haleakala


Cumberland Island, Georgia

By travel writer Kathleen Walls

Cumberland Island National Seashore Day Tripping


Tucson, Arizona

By travel writer Rob Rachowiecki

Tucson: a Hiker’s Nirvana


Colorado Springs, Colorado

By travel writers Lois & Richard Friedland

Adventuring near Colorado Springs: Not your average weekend!


The Wisconsin Northwoods

By travel writer Elizabeth Granger

Wisconsin Northwoods: Small Towns, Big Woods, Water Everywhere


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