• The New York Times

    What to Know Before Booking a National Park Trip This Summer

    In 2023, the seashores, lakeshores, battlefields, historic sites, monuments and more that make up the National Park Service had 325.5 million visits, an increase of 4 percent from the year before. The National Park Service director, Charles F. Sams III, praised the surge of interest in “learning our shared American story throughout the hidden gems of the National Parks System.”

  • The New York Times

    5 Getaways That Reinvent Eco-Tourism

    Hotels and glamping sites touting sustainability practices and nature-based activities have proliferated throughout the United States in the last decade, finding financial success by offering guests a let-nature-nurture-you wellness experience. But many of these destinations have targeted only luxury travelers, and focused on an ethos of self-improvement. Now a growing number of hospitality entrepreneurs are working with or employing naturalists and scientists to reinvent eco-tourism by championing an outward, altruistic kind of outdoor therapy — regenerative tourism initiatives such as trail building and oyster reef restoration opportunities — as well as climate-change education.

  • Backpacker

    7 Ways To Save Money On Kids’ Hiking Gear

    I couldn’t wait to become an Adventure Mom, planning family camping trips and taking my kid on favorite hikes. When the moment finally arrived nearly eight years ago, and I ventured to the kids section of my local Patagonia store, I was not prepared for how overwhelming the shopping experience would be and how quickly my budget would shatter, making the dream of summits with my son feel out of reach. I recall turning heads as I held up a down sweater bunting in front of my husband and whisper-yelled, “This costs an entire paycheck! And he’ll grow out of it so fast!” Somehow, between the sales racks and friends’…

  • Backpacker

    What Survival Skills Should I Teach My 5 Year Old?

    When young explorers hit the trail with their joyful curiosity, parents are prepared for the occasional skinned knee or “carry me!” demand, but perhaps not the worst case scenario. Even if the hike is short or familiar or seemingly straightforward, things could go awry in an instant despite our best efforts. There’s good news, though: Even very young children can learn to stay safe by following a few simple rules. “Talking children through a plan in a simulated discussion will help them stay calm if they are ever separated [from the group while hiking],” says Chris Boyer, executive director at the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). “Adults should…

  • The New York Times

    36 Hours on the North Fork, Long Island

    On the North Fork of Long Island, glasses are clinking to 50 years since a young couple planted the first commercial vines in the region. Today, with more than 40 North Fork vineyards producing award-winning merlots, sauvignon blancs, and cabernet francs, the 30-mile-long peninsula at the eastern end of the island, in New York, is also abuzz with new women-owned businesses: There are sustainable seafood restaurateurs, second-career farmers sharing their love of oysters and quahogs, innovative gallerists and pioneering winemakers finally uncorking dreams of their own. At any time of year, you can easily explore the area over a weekend. But in late fall, the crowds have ebbed, the beaches…

  • The New York Times

    36 Hours in Newport, RI

    On the surface, Newport is what it appears to be: the glamorous “Sailing Capital of the World” with a new sailing museum to show for it. On the Narragansett Bay side, the harbor brims with America’s Cup boats and celebrity yachts. On the Atlantic side, a rugged coastline with legendary surf and Gilded Age mansions. In between, picturesque streets are lined with boutiques, bars with tipsy brides-to-be, and one of the largest collections of colonial-era buildings in the United States. Recently, locals have been reframing Newport’s well-worn nautical narrative with additions like new art galleries and an L.G.B.T.Q. pride center, and by unveiling, if gradually, the town’s leading role in the…

  • Travel + Leisure

    The Era of the EV Road Trip

    My six-year-old son, Remy, was in the back seat, deep into his book, oblivious to the fact that I was filled with so much nervous energy I could have recharged our electric BMW i3 myself. Our family had recently bought the car with an eye toward reducing our carbon footprint, and this was our first long-distance mom-and-son drive.

  • Outside Magazine

    In 50 Years, Will E-Bikes Have Served Their True Purpose?

    In America, few modes of transit combine a childlike sense of joy with a valid fear of death quite like the bicycle. Urban bike commuters and child-hauling suburbanites can both see that America’s roadways were designed with cars in mind, not pedestrians or cyclists. We’ve known since the early 1950’s that air pollution is linked to cars and transportation—the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States—and can’t help but wonder: what will it take to finally release us from our toxic car-based identity?

  • Thrillist

    10 Weekend Getaways from NYC You Can Reach Without a Car

    Now that you’ve given cherry blossoms and tulips their due, the next best way to celebrate the season is to get out of town and see what else is blooming. Since a restorative getaway should be a basic right for every New Yorker, we scoured the Tri-State and beyond to find the dreamiest destinations that let you slow down and remember the important things, like each other’s company, being in the moment, and outdoor heated pools.

  • The New York Times

    52 Places to Go in 2023: Charleston, SC

    Charleston’s brutal history of slavery can be overshadowed by a romanticized portrait of a city with charm, award-winning restaurants and plantation gardens. The planned opening of the $100 million International African American Museum this year will help comprehensively display the city’s complicated past.