Wildlife & Outdoors

Seeking a beautiful hiking destination, world-class safari adventure or exhilarating rafting trip? Our editors travel the globe to find the best outdoor experiences.

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Bucket-List Bike Tours

These 8 bike tours are the trips that lifelong cyclists dream about taking, from luxury tour companies with sterling reputations.

The Machrie: A Scottish Legend Reborn

The restored Machrie hotel on the Isle of Islay, in the Scottish Hebrides, is a new addition to the American golfer's bucket list.

Willie Campbell: The Golf Legend Who Designed the Machrie Course

Willie Campbell was a successful golfer in Scotland who became an expert club- and ball-maker. He went on to become a course architect who designed the Machrie.

Top 11 Fly-Fishing Lodges and Resorts

Discover the top fly-fishing lodges worldwide. These top-tier properties include fishing, food and breathtaking views.

Video: A Hike in Snow Canyon State Park

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.

Adventures in Chilean Patagonia

Horseback riding, rafting down Class IV and V rapids, hooking monster trout, trekking through national parks: Chilean Patagonia has all that and more.

Singita Opens in Rwanda

Dedicated to reforestation initiatives and expanding gorillas' natural habitat, Singita has opened Kwitonda Lodge in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

The Best Hotels for Stargazing

For all the beauty and adventure of a luxury stay in a remote location, the greatest payoff can come from above. Here are 12 hotels for serious stargazing.

Spectacular Landscapes of the American Southwest

The scenery of the American Southwest is often otherworldly. Listed below are my favorite landscapes from a spring road trip through Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

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.

Video: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Outside the Phoenix-Scottsdale area are numerous places to hike. The 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of our favorites.

Gardens and Waterfalls of Grenada

Visitors to Grenada will want to see its natural beauty, whether in the picturesque waterfalls of its interior or the profusion of color in its estate gardens.

Snorkeling in Grenada From a Private Sailboat

Sailing in the Caribbean — slipping through sapphire water along emerald coastlines, rum punch in hand — is one of the world’s great pleasures.

Whale Watching Off the Coast of Southern California

We went on two whale-watching tours: one in the Channel Islands, off the coast of Santa Barbara, and another, farther south, off Newport Beach.

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.

Pedaling Southern Spain

Over five days, our writer enjoyed an inn-to-inn-style cycling itinerary linking Córdoba and Granada using lightly traveled back roads through Andalusia, Spain.

Your First Bike Tour: Arranging an Inn-to-Inn Itinerary

Bike travel can seem intimidating, but a range of tour styles and options for everyone from novices to experienced cyclists can make for a trip.

Video: Zambezi River Wildlife

Our writer took video on sensational game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Zambezi National Park and on sundowner cruises on the Zambezi River.

Contrasting Safari Lodges at Victoria Falls

Visitors to Victoria Falls in the rainy season are rewarded in many ways. On this trip we stayed on the Zambia side and the Zimbabwe side of the falls.

Beyond Victoria Falls: Game Viewing in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is the region’s star attraction, but it is a shame to neglect the wildlife. Four nights is enough time to see animals on both sides of the falls.

Video: Wildlife in Namibia

The magnificent bleak beauty of Namibia draws a small but increasing number of well-traveled visitors. New luxury lodges and amazing wildlife are other draws.

Indelible Memory: A Sundowner Drive in the Hoanib Valley

Sundowner drives are always wonderful, but this one, in Namibia's Hoanib Valley stood out for its scenery, elephants at play, a sudden rainbow and more.

Riding ATVs in Namibia

Our writer usually avoids ATV excursions until all other activities have been exhausted, but quad biking in Namibia proved quite fun and memorable.

Namibia’s New Luxury Lodges

A trip to Namibia uncovers upscale lodges amid an otherworldly landscape of red dunes, the canyons of Hoanib Valley, the brooding Skeleton Coast and beyond.

A River Safari Aboard the Zambezi Queen

The 14-cabin Zambezi Queen makes excursions up and down the Chobe River, between Botswana and Namibia. Two days allow for fishing, game viewing and more.

The Rich Wildlife of Namibia: A Photo Essay

Namibia may be known for its otherworldly landscapes and harsh conditions, but the wildlife — elephant, giraffe and more — have adapted and are a joy to see.

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.

13 Exceptional Hotels for Bird-watching

There is no shortage of luxurious retreats located in significant birding spots across the globe. Here are 13 exceptional hotels for bird-watching.

Video: The Mighty Iguazú Falls

On the border between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazú River topples off a basalt ridge and forms the world's largest waterfall. We get up close.

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