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Category Archives: California

Channel Islands National Park: A Quiet Refuge a Stone’s Throw from Los Angeles

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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The Most Fun Outdoor Fall Festivals in the U.S.

We get it—summer gets all the festival glory. But the celebrations don’t quit just because the temperature drops. Toss on a few extra layers, then head out to stuff your face with tacos and tequila, shred on Sedona’s famed slickrock trails, or relive the ’90s with Eddie Vedder and friends on the California coast. All that […]

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Visiting Sequoia National Park Has Never Felt So Precious

63 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road, practicing COVID-19 best safety protocols along the way. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and […]

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‘Nope’ Updates the Story of the West and Who It Belongs To

In the 19th century, an estimated one in four cowboys were Black, but you’d never know from reading and watching Western books and films. This canon has served as an act of cinematic and literary nationalism, portraying cowboys of the Old West as white, craggy men of few words and many pistols. And when Black […]

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These 8 Meals are Worth Traveling For

In the late 1970s, my parents took my brother and me to a cabin on Little Cobb Island, an uninhabited dollop of beach and seashells on the Atlantic side of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The cabin was only accessible by boat, and things could get sketchy if the fog rolled in and you drifted too close […]

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To Save Sequoias from Wildfire, We Must Save Them from Ourselves

It’s not like my family actually went through the exercise of picking a spirit tree for each of us, but if we had, my parents would have picked coastal redwoods. My dad grew up in Larksburg, California, on San Francisco Bay, in a house built beneath redwoods that were big enough that he, his three […]

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A Man Was Trying to Do ‘Personal Research’ into the Deaths of a Hiking Family. Then He Got Lost.

A man is lucky to be alive after he tried to retrace the route of a family that died of dehydration while hiking in California’s Sierra National Forest last year.  Mariposa County sheriff Jeremy Briese said the man—who has not been identified—went missing along the Hites Cove/Savage Lundy trail on June 28. The route was […]

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‘A Great Day in the Stoke’ Celebrates Black Surfers

Nathan Fluellen has always felt at home in the water. Born and raised in Chicago’s south suburbs, he started swimming in Lake Michigan when he was ten months old. But while he was interested in surfing from a young age, he didn’t begin until a few years ago. “I didn’t see anybody that looked like […]

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Sneaker Waves Killed a Hiker on California’s Lost Coast. Here’s What You Need to Know About Them.

First responders are once again warning hikers about the dangers posed by “sneaker waves” after a set of the unusually powerful waves washed two hikers out to sea on Northern California’s Lost Coast Trail last weekend, leaving one dead and another injured. On the afternoon of May 29, the Shelter Cove Fire Department received a […]

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