Beat the Crowds: Zion National Park

Despite the crowds and long lines, there are still ways to escape the crowds and enjoy the beauty of Zion National Park in relative solitude.

An Unforgettable Walk in Runyon Canyon

An afternoon hike in Runyon Canyon, a park rising from Hollywood up into the hills, proved exhilarating in the cool air and ultimately "very L.A."

Hiking Los Angeles: 4 Parks to Explore

Los Angeles has a reputation for endless urban sprawl, but in fact it's easy to find scenic hikes within the metro area. Here are four parks we explored.

Top 5 Things to Do in Crested Butte

It may seem like another sleepy Colorado town, but Crested Butte is bursting with things to do, especially if you want to spend your time outdoors.

Ask the Editors: Unforgettable Outdoor Adventures

The world's most lavish travel experiences aren't just about hotels. Our editor-in-chief reveals his favorite outdoor adventures from a lifetime of travel.

My Favorite Hike in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains

Georgia's Caucasus Mountains offer numerous stupendous hikes. The most famous is up to the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, beneath Mount Kazbek.

Gear for the Great Outdoors: 13 Smart Buys Before You Go

Before your next outdoor adventure, prepare with a few smart purchases. Here are 12 items that you shouldn't leave home without.

Best Travel Experiences of the Year

A Norway cruise, a train ride in Peru, kayaking in Washington State: These were just a few of our best experiences traveling this year.

5 Favorite Island Parks of Puget Sound

The islands in Washington's Salish Sea are blessed with scenic parks and nature reserves. Here are my favorite five parks, in order from south to north.

Indelible Memory: A Hike Above the Sacred Valley

A two-hour trek above the Sacred Valley unveiled Veronica's crenellated glaciers, terraces of the Inca and the indigenous people of Peru.

Summit to Chalet: Hiking the Maritime Alps

Our correspondent gets the chance to hike the Maritime Alps, staying in rifugios between hikes. The excursion proves more difficult than expected.

A Journey Through Exotic Peru

Andrew Harper travels to exotic Peru and experienced new hotels in Lima, Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley.

Best Travel Experiences 2017

Andrew Harper looks back at the year in travel and reminisces about his most memorable experiences.

Hiking Vancouver

Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city encircled by water and deep-green mountains. On this trip, it was a priority for me to explore the city's natural surroundings.

Hiking in the Bernese Oberland

The Swiss Alps are crisscrossed by a web of hiking trails that caters to virtually every level of fitness and affords spectacular views of mountain panoramas.

Discovering the Remote Lower Engadine Valley

Dotted with tiny villages and ancient stone houses, the Lower Engadine is peaceful and unspoiled, a small fragment of Europe where modernity has yet to intrude.

An Evening Out: Night Hike at Mashpi Lodge

One of the most memorable activities at Mashpi Lodge was a night hike through the cloud forest with a view across a valley lined by jungle-clad mountains.

Mountain Hikes: Cerro Catedral

About 15 miles from Llao Llao, Cerro Catedral (Cathedral Hill) gained fame as a ski resort, but it offers sensational panoramas at every season.

Sensational New Zealand Hiking Trails

New Zealand possesses some of the world’s most dramatic long-distance hiking trails, which for many American visitors provide the highlights of their trips.

Special Recognition: Experiences | 2015 Grand Awards

Read about Andrew Harper's memorable travel experiences from a year in travel.

The Rain Forest of Dominica | Morne Trois Pitons National Park

Thanks to its steep terrain and abundant rainfall — about 40 inches a year — more than a dozen significant waterfalls lace Dominica’s jungle-clad mountainsides.

Hiking in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

This extravagantly scenic 2,000-acre park hugs the Pacific Coast between La Jolla and Del Mar.

Excursion: Cliff Hikes

The most dramatic segment of the Garden Route lies just east of Plettenberg Bay. For about 50 miles, the landscape is one of forests, gorges, waterfalls and vertiginous cliffs.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

In 1935, an overheated electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker dreamed of a way to reach the cool, snowy heights of San Jacinto Peak.

Spa Hotels and Resorts in Italy’s Spectacular Dolomites

The Dolomites, a range of dramatic limestone spires rising to nearly 11,000 feet, lie a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Venice.

Seven Recommended Hikes in the Dolomites

With 18 peals of more than 3,000 meters (9,834 feet), the Dolomites form an impressive range of mountains. It is not so much their height, however, as their jagged profiles and spire-like towers that leave a lasting impression.

A Lake Tahoe Family Ski Vacation

Lake Tahoe is a vast blue bowl of snowmelt ringed by the Sierra Nevada mountains. The lake and surrounding Washoe Indian territory were first seen by the explorer John C. Fremont in 1844, and swarmed with silver prospectors just a few decades later.

Mysterious Cappadocia

From Bodrum, we ventured into Cappadocia, a region of central Turkey that we had not visited for many years. A remarkable area, it is best known for its surreal rock formations, which create one of the most distinctive landscapes on earth.

Canada’s Scenic Okanagan Valley

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley had a lot going for it long before its wineries began making premium wines a decade or two ago. Generations of outdoor fun-seekers have flocked here from Vancouver and Calgary (five and eight hours by car, respectively) to hike, bike, climb, camp, boat, swim, fish, golf and party in naturally beautiful surroundings.

The Other South Africa

A sample itinerary from the Andrew Harper Travel Office: The Other South Africa. Viewed by some simply as a jumping off point for safaris, South Africa provides points of interest aside from or to accompany safari adventures.

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