Snow-capped mountains. Alpine forests. Turquoise hot springs. Horse-drawn sleighs. The snowy, remote valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits at the base of Grand Teton National Park, with Yellowstone National Park just an hour north. Visiting Jackson Hole in the winter is like stepping into a mountain-filled snow globe, complete with cozy lodges, awe-inspiring wildlife, and some of the world’s best skiing and winter sports. Snowboarding, ice skating, and sleigh riding in the clear, crisp air of Grand Tetons… yes, please! But Jackson Hole is more than just a magical mountain ski town; it’s also filled with majestic elk, wildlife-inspired art, and craft breweries. We tapped an insider to give us the scoop on Jackson Hole in the winter!
Ah, whales: these majestic, enormous marine mammals have been immortalized in our culture in everything to Moby Dick to Finding Nemo. California is the best whale watching destination in the United States, with about 20,000 gray whales making their annual swim down the coast. In this post, you’ll discover the best destinations for whale watching in California, plus everything you need to know to plan your trip!
Encircled by two looming mountain ranges, Salt Lake City is an outdoor paradise. Just minutes outside of the bustling city center, you can find peace, quiet, and absolutely stunning wilderness. In the winter, these mountains are one of the best places to go skiing and snowboarding in Utah; but in the spring, summer, and fall, they’re a hikers paradise. From gushing waterfalls, to gurgling streams, to mirrored lakes, to to rock formations that resemble furniture and snacks, to sweeping views of the city, the valley, and even the Great Salt Lake itself – these 8 hikes near Salt Lake City showcase the best that SLC has to offer!
Grand mountains. Rustling plains. Towering sand dunes. Spectacular lakes. Nope, we’re not talking about the entire United States: you can find absolutely all of this stunning scenery right in Colorado! From the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park to the winding roads of the Million Dollar Highway and the breathtaking expanse of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado is a stunning outdoor playground. And the best way to get to know its vast expanses of wilderness is to go camping! Whether you’re a casual camper or a seasoned backcountry lover, there are limitless opportunities for camping spots in Colorado. Which is, honestly, a little overwhelming. So, we’ve teamed up with a Colorado native to create this list of the 8 best places to camp in Colorado, plus all the tips you need to plan a fun, safe camping trip!
S’mores around a crackling fire as stars twinkle overhead. Waking up at dawn to sip hot coffee and watch the sun rise. Camping is all about those quiet, peaceful moments, when you just breathe deeply and – is that a pack of racoons making off with your s’mores supplies?! OK, we admit it: not all of the moments in camping are peaceful. If we’ve learned anything over our years of outdoor adventure, nature ALWAYS wins – and the best thing you can do is to be prepared! So here is the ultimate list of car camping essentials and gear recommendations, plus a printable packing list to make sure you don’t forget a thing. Happy camping!
Snow-covered mountains. Rushing waterfalls. Secluded beaches. Otherwordly desert landscapes. If this description of Southern California surprises you, it’s time to head out and explore! Whether you’re looking for good views at the top of a mountain, cacti explorations, or breezy coastal walks next to the ocean, the hiking in Southern California is diverse, scenic, and one-of-a-kind. This guide to the best hikes in Southern California was contributed by a SoCal local.