West Yellowstone: A Gateway Town Worth Hanging Around

Of Yellowstone's five gateway towns, West Yellowstone is my favorite. It's the closest to the park, as Yellowstone's West Entrance is at the end of Yellowstone Avenue, and it has this wonderfully funky vibe flowing through it.

Sandy Hook: A Good Place to Escape Manhattan's Heat

Peel through the controversy surrounding the Sandy Hook area of Gateway National Recreation Area and you'll find a seaside setting perfect for fleeing Gotham's high summer heat and humidity.

Olympic Backcountry Still Buried in Snow

Planning a backcountry visit to Olympic National Park any time soon? If so, you might want to be sure to pack crampons and an ice axe, as last winter's heavy snowfall has left a good bit of the high country still buried this far into the summer.

National Geographic Rates the Best Parks

Horses at Theodore Rooselevel National Park; NPS Photo
National Geographic's Adventure Magazine has created a list of the 5 best parks in 7 different categories; hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, trekking, driving, climbing and lodges. Did they get it right?

Product Testing in West Yellowstone

Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park; NPS Photo
You'll have to excuse the somewhat reduced rate of posts for the next few days. Not only is it a holiday weekend, of sorts, but I'm off product testing in Yellowstone.

The Essential Grand Teton

The Tetons are the focal point of their namesake park.
Grand Teton National Park holds up western Wyoming's border, soaring to nearly 14,000 feet. While the young crags with their snowfields hold your eye, there's much more to do in this park than grab a rope and ice axe and climb to the roof.

Great Smoky Trails Reopened

It took nearly a month, but all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that were closed by the Buck Shank fire have been reopened.

Off The Well-Worn Path: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Rasberry Island Light House, NPS Photo
Still wondering where to head for your summer vacation? Well, if you live in or anywhere near the Midwest, there's a gorgeous national lakeshore with a nice chain of islands to explore, called the Apostle Islands.

The Essential Yellowstone

The Essential Glacier

Grand Teton's Snake River

The Essential Acadia

The Essential Arches

Getting to Glacier is Getting Easier

Arches National Park: Now's The Time To Visit

Where to Stay in the Parks? A Lodging Primer

Back in the Saddle

The Wraiths of Yellowstone

Out Product Testing

Denali's Green Buses