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A Return to Northern Michigan With No Repeat Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2018, 12:30 PM

I’ve always taken the stance that when you return again and again to the same place for vacation, you’re only setting yourself up for ennui. I figured there were a few exceptions to this rule—namely, cities like Paris and Tokyo that are so huge and varied that you'll never exhaust the possibilities. But for the most part, I believed that vacations should be about the stimulating, the new, the un...

Free Admission at Wisconsin State Parks on the First Weekend of June

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/12/2018, 12:00 AM

Wisconsin is giving locals and visitors alike a good reason to experience the state's considerable outdoor charms on June 2-3.  That weekend, admission will be free at all Wisconsin state parks, encompassing forests, hiking trails, lakes, bluffs, and beaches. You can hit the trails to see picturesque cascades at Copper Falls (pictured above) in the northern part of the state, survey the mighty M...

Rock Climbing Cliffs at Zion National Park Closed to Protect Nesting Falcons

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/02/2017, 5:00 AM

Rock climbers will have fewer options in the American West this spring. More than a dozen cliff climbing routes in Utah's Zion National Park were temporarily closed this week in an effort to protect peregrine falcons. The routes made inaccessible are on cliffs where the endangered birds of prey have nested in the past. If no nests are found on the closed sites by late April or early Ma...

Alaska's Bearcam Is Back

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2016, 12:30 AM

For the fourth summer in a row, Explore.org's highly popular and completely riveting Bearcam is up and running again. If you haven't had the pleasure, that's a live feed from several HD cameras set up around Katmai National Park in Alaska, where hundreds of bears gather this time of year to catch salmon swimming upstream. Among the things you might see: showdowns for the best fishing spots at B...

Introducing "Fatpacking" A New Type of Vacation Combining Weight Loss with Serious Hiking

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2013, 12:45 AM

Who doesn’t want to lose weight and be more fit? It’s the most common New Year’s resolution, and though many of us will have abandoned those champagne-fueled vows by now, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth making. Or keeping. But sometimes one needs a bit of a kick start to actually adopt a healthy lifestyle. Enter the “Fatpacking” trip, known also by its more polite name “Fitpacking...

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