Here’s how to live your best outdoor life, whether you’re hiking solo or camping with a group.

REI Grand Canyon & Lake Powell Family Adventure
REI Grand Canyon & Lake Powell Family Adventure

More people than ever are venturing out into Mother Nature—and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re hitting the open road, hiking solo, or camping with a group, here’s how to live your best outdoor life this year. 

Roll or Stroll the Olympic Discovery Trail

Spruce Railroad Trail section of the Olympic Discovery Trail

Linda Hanlon

Stretching from Washington’s Port Townsend to Port Angeles, this 90-mile route (which will eventually span 135 miles) winds its way through the Olympic Peninsula’s forests and boatyards, farmers’ markets and waterfronts, for an epic excursion by foot or by bike.

Sequoia Riverlands Trust 

Courtesy of Sequoia Riverlands Trust

Volunteer with the Central California nonprofit, which is dedicated to preserving land in the San Joaquin Valley and southern Sierra Nevada, by working in a plant nursery or maintaining oak forest trails, among other activities.

REI Grand Canyon & Lake Powell Family Adventure

REI Grand Canyon & Lake Powell Adventure


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All ages can enjoy this jam-packed six-day itinerary that takes you hiking in the Grand Canyon, camping under the stars, riding a historic train, and more. All told, you can check three national parks and monuments off your bucket list.  

Imperial River Co.

Courtesy of Imperial River Co.

See Oregon’s Deschutes River like never before at a hotel offering half- and full-day whitewater rafting trips as well as overnight accommodations right on the banks. This part of central Oregon is perfect for beginners and experienced adventurers alike. 

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

Courtesy of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

A 20-year veteran of Bend water adventures boasts lessons and private group training, programs for both kids and adults, and daily to weekly gear rentals. Get outfitted for trips to the Cascades and nearby whitewater rivers.

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