Fortunately, the United States has no shortage of evocative places in which to tramp. Here are seven of our favorite hiking hotels out West.
Lake-studded Grand Teton National Park offers magnificently scenic hiking opportunities. Fortunately, even on the busiest days, it's possible to avoid crowds.
The Faroe Islands are an outdoor enthusiasts dream destination. Besides hiking, it's spectacular for horseback riding, fishing, cliff jumping and much more.
A detour to Snow Canyon State Park proved to be a highlight of our writer's trip to the Southwest. Enjoy this video from his day amid the petrified dunes.
Prosperous Chile offers geographic diversity in the form of the Atacama Desert, fertile wine valleys, snow-covered peaks, trout streams and Pacific fjords.
Horseback riding, rafting down Class IV and V rapids, hooking monster trout, trekking through national parks: Chilean Patagonia has all that and more.
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 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."
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.
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.
A trip to Argentina and Brazil uncovers two contrasting resorts on Iguazu Falls, one a true hideaway and the other a large hacienda-style hotel.
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.
Georgia's Caucasus Mountains offer numerous stupendous hikes. The most famous is up to the 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church, beneath Mount Kazbek.
Before your next outdoor adventure, prepare with a few smart purchases. Here are 12 items that you shouldn't leave home without.
A Norway cruise, a train ride in Peru, kayaking in Washington State: These were just a few of our best experiences traveling this year.
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.
Between Ole Liese and Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort, in the coastal town of Hohwacht, Germany, is the start of one of Europe’s great beach walks.
A two-hour trek above the Sacred Valley unveiled Veronica's crenellated glaciers, terraces of the Inca and the indigenous people of Peru.
Our correspondent gets the chance to hike the Maritime Alps, staying in rifugios between hikes. The excursion proves more difficult than expected.
Andrew Harper travels to exotic Peru and experienced new hotels in Lima, Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley.
Andrew Harper looks back at the year in travel and reminisces about his most memorable experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most luxurious way to explore this mountain lake is to arrange for a private motor launch and guide.
About 15 miles from Llao Llao, Cerro Catedral (Cathedral Hill) gained fame as a ski resort, but it offers sensational panoramas at every season.
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.
On the largest of the archipelago of islands that together comprise Andros, Fresh Creek is surrounded by nearly 300,000 acres of uninhabited natural splendor.
Read about Andrew Harper's memorable travel experiences from a year in travel.