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Outdoors Tag

I went to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park in October 2009. It was right before the tourist season started, so I practically had the park to myself. This photo of the Cuernos del Paine (the "Horns") was taken on the shores of Lake Pehoe. I was barely able to stand

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 4/14/11: Each summer when I was growing up, my parents would take me to some of America’s most notable national parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Glacier… We would rent a car and go for two weeks, driving park to park in an effort to experience

This week's Snapshot of the Week contributor, Katie Stratman, calls Denver, Colorado home.  She loves to spend her free time exploring all Colorado has to offer, from running and hiking to skiing and mountain biking, and can usually be found outside... unless she is busy in the kitchen baking her (someday)

Spring is by far the most enticing time in Washington, DC. People wearily come out of their homes, tentatively shed their winter jackets and begin to marvel at the changing seasons. The famous cherry blossoms, a gift from the people of Japan in 1912, surround the tidal basin and create

Queenstown. How fitting is it that New Zealand's adventure capital is also one of the most pristine, most simply beautiful cities in their country? Well worth a stop on any South Island trip, take the gondola high up to the scenic overlook, spend the afternoon reading in the Queenstown

Adventure tourism is an ever-expanding industry, and today roughly 20% of all adult travelers are considered adventure tourists. However, most travelers don’t want adventure merely for adventure’s sake. Instead, today’s savvy jetsetters want to combine an exciting experience organically with the beauty and local flavor of a location. If you’re looking

Milford Track. The 3 day, 33 mile hike in New Zealand's majestic Fiorland is the lushest, greenest environment I've ever seen. The hike is often otherworldly- like a background imported directly out of the movie Avatar. It's a botanic wonderland filled with draping moss, ferns, crookedly ancient trees, bubbling brooks,

Early morning at Milford Sound. On this particular morning, the sun was out. It was early enough that the dozens of tour operators coming from Queenstown hadn't yet set sail on the water, and all was still. I was lucky to capture this reflection, to have this private encounter with

This week, I'm keeping it in the family. The Snapshot of the Week is generously provided by JoAnn Ricchiuti, my mother with a keen eye for beautiful places. Always with a camera in hand, I learned everything I know about photography from her. Sunrise, my favorite time of the day!

When planning a trip do you secretly yearn for exotic locales but always seem to end up on the same old vacation? This summer, don’t spend another week sprawled out on the beach. With a proliferation of options and the recent unveiling of National Geographic Adventures, there’s never been a

 Photo credit: serge de garcia With freezing temperatures and the weekly snowstorm dropping inches upon inches of snow, what’s a bored, depressed New Yorker to do? Thanks to the Openhouse Gallery and their “Park Here” exhibition, they can go to the park and get a glimpse of spring.Actually, it’s

 Somewhere along the winding roads of Tuscany, this photo was taken. I was on the back of a speeding vespa with one hand held firmly around the waist of an Italian boy and the other furiously snapping away, trying to get the perfect shot that represented the countryside in summer.After