Fall is on its way, and with it the promise of foliage, fresh air, flannels, and some rugged outdoor adventure. Consider the following rail-to-trail routes that you can access just by hopping on Metro-North, from the nation’s first Natural History Landmark, to a birder’s paradise, to a glamping hideaway.
Instead of blindly hitting the road and hoping for the best, here are the essential tips you need — from renting and packing a bike to finding the best routes — to travel smarter and make the most of your next self-guided getaway on two wheels.
With 178 state parks in New York, there are literally THOUSANDS of hiking trails to choose from. But don’t sweat it (or, um, do). We scouted, skinned our knees a little, and consulted an outdoor adventure expert to uncover the best upstate hikes worth a getaway, including trekking to the Devil’s Hole whirlpool in Niagara Falls, summiting the famous Saranac 6, and wandering through an under-the-radar wildlife sanctuary.
Seeking a backyard tour of some of the coolest bike-crazy towns, we reached out to shops and pro cyclists for their uniquely designed two-wheeled adventures. From scenic climbs on the outskirts of Tokyo to the best brunch ride in Boulder, these 12 epic routes — plus 12 great bike-friendly hotels — will inspire you to pack up your bike and get lost this summer.
Nothing stirs a climber’s soul quite like a beautiful summit. John Muir put it best when he wrote, ‘The mountains are calling and I must go.’ But if you want to enjoy a high-altitude escape – perhaps at the very top of the world – it’ll take much more than just willpower.
While holidays come and go, there’s nothing like giving a gift that will endure trip after trip. These 11 ideas prove that you don’t have to sacrifice quality and style for a little environmental responsibility (that goes a long way).
There are plenty of reasons to get outdoors in Richmond, one of our 50 Best Places to Live in America, and cycling is definitely one of them. Whether you're in town to watch the UCI Road World Championships on September 19–27 (and Conquer the Cobbles yourself) or not, plan a trip to experience these five rides that best showcase the killer roads and beauty of Virginia.
Every moment in the saddle is rewarding, but nothing compares to that feeling of anticipation before a ride. Curious to know where a few of our favorite USA pro cyclists look forward to biking when they’re not racing, we talked to Evelyn Stevens, Ted King, Tim Johnson, Ben King and Tejay van Garderen, who were more than happy to share their go-to hometown rides. From the hardest climb in North America to a quest for the Bay Area’s best loaf of bread (worth carrying in your jersey), here are five routes to inspire your next ride.
Taking your dog with you on vacation is a boon, not a handicap. Your furry friend forces you to experience cities like a local, enjoying the best off-the-beaten-path places you wouldn't otherwise think to visit. With a little help from apps like BringFido and Dog Park Finder Plus, and Claudia Kawczynska, editor-in-chief of The Bark magazine, we found the 10 U.S. cities with the best adventures, lodging, and restaurants for you and your favorite canine companion.
So you’ve hiked Breakneck Ridge... now... what? Well, now this: seven spectacular hikes offering rewarding views, plenty of surprises (hello, waterfall nudists!), and few, if any, other people on the trail. (Well, except for those naked people.)
If you're going to get on a bike in the world's top cities, these are the rides you want to know about. We consulted Strava's Local Guides — and spent some long days in the saddle — to narrow down the absolute best routes worth planning a getaway, from a taste of the Tour de France to one of the greatest rides in the USA.
Paddling through an urban downtown on a world-class wave is a surreal, jaw-tightening moment you never forget. Even the calmer rapids are a rush for the novelty of paddling in a big city. And with kayaking participation up 48 percent over the last three years, according to the Outdoor Foundation, it's easier than ever to find kayaking adventures in some of America's most developed cities.
There’s no reason to yell “Car back!” on America’s rail trails, where the bike is king of the road. On these 10 routes, take in the spectacular scenery as you bike into the old American Wild West, out of major cities along historic trails and canals, and through one of the country’s most majestic coastal national parks.