Outdoors + Nature

Secrets of the National Parks

by Brook Wilkinson

Summer vacation can mean cranky kids, crowded trails, and overpriced tourist traps. Or it can mean outdoor relaxation and blissful escapes. Here are some vacation ideas where you can commune with nature and get away from it all:

Best American Hikes: Fresh air, stunning views, and that feeling of back-to-nature centeredness: 10 great hikes from sea to shining sea.

Natural Wonders: Our month-by-month checklist will get you to the right place at the right time to catch these 12 natural wonders at their best.

Clean Getaways: How about a vacation that requires only a few miles of travel, but takes you worlds away? Here are 12 domestic trips that won't burn a lot of fossil fuels (or dollar bills).

Great American Beach Towns: When it comes to summer weekends in the sun, there's no place like home. Check out these 11 seaside escapes, from classic California to New England charm.

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