July 2021: The Destination Adventure Issue

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On the cover: Route 12 in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is a gateway to countless coastal adventures and makes for an idyllic road trip. Photo by Chris Hannant; chrishannant.com

Departments

Quick Hits
Books for summer + rock star sandal collaborations

Explore
Take a deep dive into West Virginia’s Summersville Lake.

The Studio
A Baltimore artist’s unique creations call for inclusivity in the outdoors. 

Perspective
How to save America’s wild lands. 

Essay
Why I opened an outfitter in a small Appalachian town.

Job Board
A wilderness specialist offers an inside look at her important role in conservation. 

Goods
Hit the highways with our favorite summer road trips gear.

The Out and Back
After a pandemic year filled with outdoor activities, an avid adventurer is ready for a break. 

Trail Mix
New tunes from Wye Oak and the Wandering Hearts, plus South Carolina folk-rock outfit SUSTO’s take on a Rolling Stones classic. 

Features

Hit the Road
These Southern road trip itineraries are full of the region’s top adventures.

Coast with the Most
Locals share their favorite oceanside spots. 

Take Flight
We visit three of the Blue Ridge’s best hang gliding schools.

New Wave
A whitewater park is taking shape in western North Carolina.

Special Sections

Destination Adventure
Summer is here, and road trip season is in full swing. Whether you prefer paddling mountain waters, flying high over stunning vistas, or relaxing on a porch, these 15 outdoor hotspots feature something for everyone.

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