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Here at FalconGuides, it’s part of our mission to get kids engaged with the outdoors. After all, who will share the wonder of the world’s great wide-open spaces if an entire generation is more content exploring the World of Warcraft than the nation’s National Parks? But getting the youth to fall in love with the outdoors takes more than simply giving a command like “Go outside until I tell you to come in!” 
 

By Nathan and Jeremy Barnes

Washington State is home to just about every type of landscape imaginable. From the shores of the Pacific to the heights of Columbia Crest, you’ll find hikes providing access to an endless variety of destinations. With so much to choose from, deciding on a hike can be overwhelming. Is this an alpine lake sort of a weekend, or does it feel more like you should be scrambling to a summit? Do you want to feel the spray from the ocean or from a cascading waterfall?

To help, we’ve picked five of our favorite hikes from our recent book, Hiking through History, Washington. Each hike is a little off-the-beaten path, so you may not have heard of it, and each offers something special that sets it apart from the others.

 

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Known around the globe for its sports, seafood, and schools, Boston is also famous for styling itself “The Hub of the Universe," or simply "The Hub." (Don't call it "Beantown." Just don't.) It may not be a city that never sleeps (good luck catching the subway past midnight) and it's certainly not the most polite of towns (wear a Yankees jersey to Fenway at your peril).

 

But Boston has it all: a fascinating history that stretches back to the country's founding, a progressive and dynamic culture that propels it fearlessly forward, and a self-deprecating devotion that kept people flocking to Fenway through an eighty-plus-year pennant drought.

 

And with each year, Greater Boston is becoming a better place to bike, both for transportation and for pleasure. Whether it's commuting from Harvard Square to Dorchester, or escaping the city's bustle for quieter locales like Revere Beach or World's End, a bike is your ticket. Whatever mood you're in, particular terrain you want to tackle, or type of cyclist you happen to be, there's a ride within easy reach for all.

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People often think of the Great Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, or the Porcupine Mountains when it comes to Michigan's best cycling locations. But southesast Michigan is full of surprisingly good routes, too.

By Rob Pulcipher

The cherry blossoms in Washington, DC draw in thousands of visitors each spring.

by Cliff Jacobson

When I was first asked to share my favorite paddling sites, I was a little hesitant. After all, one person’s treasure is another’s trash. I like my rivers brimming with wildlife and rapids. And the more remote, the better. But not every paddler shares my love of adventure. Most prefer quiet, easy routes without the death-defying rapids and grizzly bears. So, as a nod to all, I offer these eight routes. Some will keep your blood on boil; others rate just above a lazy float.

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré

My basecamp on Lake Tahoe is a spectacular home on the northwest shore, in an established neighborhood with a private beach and boat dock. It’s a home-away-from-home, a reservoir of good times as vast and deep as the lake itself. Every foray described in Best Hikes Near Reno-Lake Tahoe began at this glorious basecamp.

Lynn Hill. Steph Davis. Sasha DiGiulian. These are just a few of the greatest names in women’s climbing history. And they’re just a few of the twenty most inspiring North American female climbers featured in the visually-stunning book, Women Who Dare. Each one has dedicated her life to pursuing her dream, to becoming the best climber she could be. And these ladies have certainly mastered the rock. So when it comes to offering up climbing tips to other climbers, who better to go to for answers? So we dared Lynn Hill, Steph Davis, and others to answer: If you could offer one essential tip to other climbers, what would it be? Read on for their answers:

By Ben Conners

In recent years the sport of backcountry skiing has grown substantially in popularity, and not just in the state of Colorado—the setting of our new book, Climbing and Skiing Colorado’s Mountains—but nationwide. Continual advancements and developments in alpine touring (AT) gear, along with a growing wealth of information related to the sport on the Internet, has created a perfect platform for those seeking an experience above and beyond resort skiing to find the thrill of backcountry.

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