Your ultimate guide to the great outdoors

The best adventures in the outdoors, from camping escapes and epic hikes to beach hangs and national-park stays

Toroweap point at Grand Canyon National Park
Photograph: ShutterstockToroweap point at Grand Canyon National Park

Itching to explore the great outdoors? We’ve rounded up the very best alfresco activities in the USA, including the essential open-air thing to do in every state, the top national parks and beaches, national forests worth your while, epic hikes, bike trails for breaking a sweat, campsites with breathtaking backdrops and much, much more.

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Discover the great outdoors

Best outdoor adventure in every state
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Best outdoor adventure in every state

Check out the top 50 alfresco activities in the USA. 

Best camping in the United States
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Best camping in the United States

We've rounded up the very top campsites in the country.   

Top national parks in the USA
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Top national parks in the USA

Find the greatest open spaces in the county. 

Best hiking trails in the United States
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Best hiking trails in the United States

Craving some fresh air, picturesque views and great ways to work out? 

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Most jaw-dropping secluded Airbnbs in the USA
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Most jaw-dropping secluded Airbnbs in the USA

Are you trying to get away from it all? Check out these gorgeous Airbnbs.  

Best outdoor extreme adventures in the USA
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Best outdoor extreme adventures in the USA

Consider yourself a daredevil? Get pumped for BASE jumping, mountain climbing and more.  

Best beaches in the United States
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Best beaches in the United States

Gear up for some serious snorkeling, surfing, swimming or even just chilling out.  

Most awe-inspiring national forests in the United States
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Most awe-inspiring national forests in the United States

These are the most beautiful national forests in the USA.

Best bike trails in the USA
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Best bike trails in the USA

Take in this beautiful country while breaking a sweat. 

Best USA road trips
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Best USA road trips

Discover beautiful oceanside drives, bucolic routes and much more. 

Outdoor guides to our favorite cities

20 best things to do outside in New York
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20 best things to do outside in New York

This list will take you to parks, beaches, Coney Island and beyond. 

29 things to do outside in Los Angeles
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29 things to do outside in Los Angeles

Bask in the city's year-round sunshine. 

12 best things to do outside in Chicago
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12 best things to do outside in Chicago

Take advantage of the good weather with these fun outdoor activities.

16 best Miami beaches
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16 best Miami beaches

Whatever your outdoor vibe is, one of these beaches is right for you.