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Hiker in a red hoodie taking photos overlooking San Francisco, California.

These are the 10 best cities in the U.S. for hiking and nature-loving city dwellers looking to “touch grass”

For nature-loving city dwellers, these 10 U.S. cities have it all, with great food, happening nightlife, shopping, outdoor adventures, and more.
Two people hiking the W Trek in Chile, mountains in the background.

Upgrade to the best warm-weather hiking gear of 2023

We’ve rounded up the best new gear for hiking (and camping and kayaking and whatever else you’re getting into) this spring and summer.
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A beginner’s guide on how to shift bike gears like a pro

Get an overview of how bike gears work, how to change gears, and the types of shifters on the market, plus tips and tricks for better shifting.
Couple camping with the new 2023 Escapod TOPO2 Teardrop Trailer.

Escapod teardrop trailer offers the comforts of home while camping (no setup required)

The latest teardrop trailer on our radar is the all-new 2023 Escapod TOPO2, and it promises all the comforts of home with almost zero setup required.
Person camping on a river using a one person tent.

Gear up for your next big adventure with the best camping gear and accessories

The spring 2023 camping season is finally here, so we're sharing our favorite front-country (and some backcountry) camping essentials.
A man hauling a gray wheeled Pelican cooler on a beach.

These are the 11 best coolers like Yeti, but cheaper

If you’re looking for solid Yeti alternatives — coolers like Yeti but cheaper — here are the best options on the market right now.
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Get the best nature apps for identifying unknown plants and critters right from your smartphone

If you're insatiably curious about the natural world, these mobile nature apps will help you identify almost any unknown plant or critter.
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Rail bike tours are the soft adventure trend for anyone who loves the nostalgia of train travel

Rail biking is riding pedal-powered machines along old, disused railroads. It's a soft adventure tour trend that's sweeping the world.
Kitchen and bedroom setup inside the Airstream Caravel 16RB travel trailer.

Airstream’s new travel trailer fits a swanky studio apartment into less than 17 feet of living space

The latest Caravel 16RB offers many of the same upscale features and specs of its pricier brethren in one of Airstream's most compact footprints ever.
The Muraka at Conrads Rangali Island

Deep sleep: The world’s most incredible underwater hotels

“Sleeping with the fishes” is rarely a good thing. But the world’s swankiest hotels are reimagining what’s possible in undersea suites with stunning views.
Unimog U 4000 / U 5000 extreme overlanding vehicle parked in a rugged location.

The most over-the-top vehicles for extreme overlanding this summer

These extreme machines are the best overland vehicles on the planet, as they’re designed to go anywhere with all the comforts of home.
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Protect your dome with one of these cool motorcycle helmets

The best and coolest motorcycle helmets balance price, safety, and technology with handsome good looks. Here are our top picks for 2023.
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Pitch up in the best motorcycle tents for camping with your two-wheeler

There's nothing more exhilarating than the thought of hitting the open road on two wheels again. Here are the best motorcycle tents if a motel just won't do.
Man using a portable outdoor shower near the beach.

Keep clean anytime, anywhere with the best portable showers for camping

A portable camping shower can get you clean with minimal effort and water. We’ve found the 10 best models worth shopping in 2023.
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Why search and rescue calls can cost unprepared U.S. hikers big

In the U.S., search and rescue (SAR) operations are available throughout much of the country. But, it’s not always a free public service in every state.
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How to pack your travel backpack, carry-on, and luggage like a boss

It’s never been easier to get organized for your next trip. Here's how to pack your suitcase, carry-on, or travel backpack, no matter where you're headed.
Thule Hullavator Pro Rooftop Kayak Carrier

Pack up all your gear with the best roof racks for your vehicle

For whatever outdoor sport or adventure you're into, you need a reliable way to haul your gear. These are the best roof racks worth buying in 2023.
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Think twice before packing those ‘everyday’ medications on your next trip

Some countries aren’t as lenient as the U.S. about what you put in your body. Here's the low-down on what you need to know about traveling with medication.
Saris MTR 2 Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack

Take your favorite two-wheelers anywhere with the best bike racks of 2023

From hitch-mounted bike racks to e-bike mounts to more traditional roof-based alternatives, here are the best bike racks to shop in 2023.
Traveler carrying a laptop checking flight schedule.

These 8 things red flag you as a potential problem to airport security

Why make air travel any harder on yourself than it needs to be? Know what not to do to become completely "invisible" to TSA agents at airport security.
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What is EDC? A beginner’s guide to mastering your everyday carry

In its simplest, literal interpretation, EDC is a catchall term for 'the essential items you regularly keep on your person, no matter where you’re going.'
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These are the best national parks to visit when the weather warms up

With the arrival of spring (and summer just around the corner), now is the time to explore the best U.S. National Parks.
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The best rugged tablets for your hardcore, on-the-go lifestyle in 2023

Need a more durable tablet for your on-the-go lifestyle? We've rounded up the best rugged tablets for every budget in 2023.
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This interesting guide shows bullets before and after impact

Whether you're a "gun person" or not, you probably know that different types of bullets look different after impact. But you might not know just how different.
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Smacircle S1 Folding Electric Bike is small enough to fit in a backpack

If you’re looking for an electric bike to take almost anywhere, the clever, Tron-like Smacircle S1 eBike might be just the trick.
A man in a suit listening to music while hauling his luggage in the airport.

Travelers beware: These are the worst U.S. airports that lose the most baggage

Modern air travel is hard, and it's only getting worse. Now, there's one more worry to add to the mix: Lost luggage. Odds are it'll happen to you eventually.
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How to write off your next vacation as a legitimate tax deduction

It is possible for small business owners to write off at least some of their vacation days as a tax deduction by following a few simple IRS requirements.
Man swimming in a glass cage with a crocodile at Australia's Crocosaurus Cove.

Unleash your inner badass with these adrenaline-fueled bucket list ideas

Instagram offers no shortage of adventure travel inspiration, but what if you crave more? These bucket-list-worthy experiences are guaranteed to do the trick.
Man in woods wearing Garmin Instinct Crossover Smartwatch with hand on tree stump.

Upgrade your daily routine with the best smartwatches for men

Until recently, the design focus of smartwatches has been more on the electronic over the aesthetic. Here are our picks for the best smartwatches of 2023.

Sleep tight (and warm) this winter in the best cold-weather sleeping bags

Just because the weather cools off doesn't mean you have to give up camping. Hit the trails this winter with the right winter-ready sleeping bag.
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Gear up for the slopes this winter with the best ski and snowboard pants

Whether you're carving moguls or laying skin tracks, we've rounded up the best ski and snowboard pants for shredders of every stripe.

These are the 5 fastest electric cars in the world right now

We’re now in a whole new era where electric vehicles are shattering world records. These are the five fastest models right now.
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Go green and save with the best places to rent your outdoor gear in 2023

A growing number of companies are getting into the pay-per-use game for outdoor gear. These are the best places to rent all your outdoor gear in 2023.
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Cabo: Baja’s popular beachfront destination isn’t exactly what you think it is

If slugging happy hour deals at Cabo Wabo isn’t your cup of horchata, check out these places to play, eat, and stay, and things to do in Cabo San Lucas.
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7 really, really cold places you need to travel to in 2023

Winter is the best time to experience the authentic side of traditionally cold weather destinations. Here are seven really cold places worth visiting.
Smiling nan in a red ski jacket and helmet standing on a ski slope.

The best ski and snowboard jackets for bombing the slopes in 2023

From resort skiing to extreme backcountry powder adventures, these are the best ski and snowboard jackets available right now.
Surviving a winter road trip breakdown is all about preparing with the right tools and essentials.

Here’s how to survive a road trip breakdown in the dead of winter

If your cold-weather road trip will take you to a more remote part of the country, here’s how to survive a breakdown in the dead of winter.
The best gaiters are lightweight, waterproof, and durable to protect your legs and footwear.

The best leg gaiters for exploring the snowy outdoors this winter

The best gaiters keep your legs, feet, and footwear dry and protected while bushwhacking, post-holing, and extreme off-trail exploring.
Woman jogging in winter holding a chemical hand warmer.

Keep your fingers toasty warm this winter with the 7 best hand warmers

Serious cold demands serious heat. These battery- and chemical-powered hand warmers are the best way to keep your hands warm this winter.
A man wearing a helmet and ski goggles in a snowy area.

Protect your eyes with the best ski and snowboard goggles of 2023

The best ski and snowboard goggles protect you from flying powder, glare, and harsh winds while also improving contrast and visibility. Here are our top picks.
Woman with a headlamp camping in a winter tent surrounded by snow.

How to keep warm while winter camping: 9 life-saving tips you need to know

Keeping comfortable and toasty warm while camping in winter is not about packing more. It's about packing smarter. Here are nine simple tips to help.
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The best heated clothing for your cold-weather adventures in 2023

Today's best heated clothing provides reliable, ultra-portable heating — usually battery-powered — for constant, all-day warmth in the winter.
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Take a trip to the best places to travel in January 2023

Thanks to thinner crowds, cheap airfare, beautiful weather, or all a blissful combination of all three, these are the best places to travel in January 2023.
Southwest Airlines plane on the tarmac in a storm.

Holiday travel woes: Why Southwest Airlines descended into chaos this year

With more than 15,000 Southwest flight cancellations over the holidays, everyone's 2nd favorite budget airline has some serious explainin' to do.
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Metal or Glass Pans: Which Is Best for Baking?

Metal and glass bakeware have unique characteristics. Understanding the difference can seriously elevate your baking game.
MoonShade portable vehicle awning mounted on a 4Runner near a pond.

Beat the Summer Heat With the Best Shade Shelters

If you're planning on being out and about this summer, these are the best shade shelters for beaches, camping, and road trips.
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Explore Every U.S. National Park with Just One App. Here’s How

The National Park Service's new smartphone app puts the experience, naturalist wisdom, and historical knowledge of hundreds of park rangers in your pocket.
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The 11 Best Backpacking Tents for Hiking and Camping

The best backpacking shelters balance weight, bulk, affordability, and wet-weather protection.
A man and a woman eating snacks as they look ahead.

Fuel Yourself for the Trail Ahead and Avoid Hiker Hunger

Here are our time-honored tips for keeping yourself fueled on the trail and avoiding hiker hunger and the sugar-crash cycle.
A view of Helsinki and the Gulf of Finland.

The World’s 5 Happiest Countries and Why You Should Visit

It turns out, to truly be happy these days, you might want to consider going to Europe.