The Rainbow Lake Trail near Whistler.

Summer Recreation in Whistler

During the few months that they aren’t covered in snow, the slopes of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort come alive with locals and tourists alike enjoying hiking, guided naturalist walks, mountain biking, and horseback riding, or just marveling at the mountainscape from the comfort of the lifts.

View of a small island in the bay with a boat leaving a wake.

Wisconsin’s Potawatomi State Park

Unfolding along the western edge of Sturgeon Bay, Potawatomi State Park offers a range of activity options, including sightseeing, hiking, and biking. Learn more about visiting or camping at Potawatomi.

Sunlight filters through the trunks of thin tall redwoods along the wooded portion of the trail.

San Francisco Bay Area Day Hike: Pomo Canyon Trail

Although the trail presents great views of the ocean and the Russian River when the weather is clear, it also leads to a destination that doesn’t need sunshine to be enjoyable. In fact, a hike to Pomo Canyon’s redwood grove in dense fog or light rain may be one of the most romantic walks you’ve ever taken. Learn more about this hike from expert Ann Marie Brown.

Scenic view taken beside jutting rocks of the surrounding area including midtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.

A funicular descends on its track beside a colorful hillside neighborhood.

The Hills of Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso is a walker’s city with steep staircases, narrow alleyways, and amazing views. Author Wayne Bernhardson outlines the most prominent landmarks in each of the city’s main hill neighborhoods.

View of the San Juan Islands across the water with large rocks and pine trees in the foreground.

Seattle Day Hike: Cedar Lake

The Chuckanut Mountains are best known for the colorful drive along Puget Sound during the fall. Open for hiking year-round, Cedar Lake is one of the mountain’s best lakes, a small, quiet swimming hole on the mountain’s northeastern end. Author Scott Leonard shares information about the length of the hike, the optional climb to view Puget Sound, and more.