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Portland’s best hikes and gardens

Becky Ohlsen Lonely Planet author

View of Latourell Falls in the fall © Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images

Portland is well known for its inventive food and drink, but – happily for the traveler’s waistline – the city also has a great collection of easily accessible trails, parks and gardens that are ideal for working off those extra calories. So go ahead and order that pork-belly cheeseburger and grab another IPA: what better […]

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Outdoor adventures in Pembrokeshire

Kerry Christiani Lonely Planet author

Pembrokeshire's dramatic coast beckons from Marloes Sand © Pete Seaward / Lonely Planet

Nowhere in the UK can rival Pembrokeshire, in Wales’ wild southwest, for coastal adventures. Here, you can eye puffins on Skomer, feel your stomach somersault as you jump from giddy heights while coasteering and kayak in silent exhilaration below cliffs that have been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. A leap into the Atlantic: coasteering […]

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Europe’s best wild swimming

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Swim in the clear, cool waters of Lake Bohinj, Slovenia © Spanic / Getty Images

Forget paying to go to the pool – plunge in at the deep end with these European al-fresco aquatic adventures from The Best Things in Life are Free. Lake Bohinj – Slovenia The Julian Alps offer top-class swimming, including the lovely-but-costly Lake Bled lido. However, travel down the road to Triglav National Park’s Lake Bohinj and […]

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Best free things to do in US national parks

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet author

Challenge your fear of heights in Acadia National Park © Ken Brown / Getty Images

The national parks are America’s wild playground. Some charge a nominal entry fee, but once you’re in, they’re full of fantastic free escapades. Go on a budget-friendly adventure with this extract from our new money-saving guide, The Best Things in Life are Free. North America vertical hiking The 1.8 mile/3.2km-long Precipice Trail dramatically ascends the east […]

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A nature lover’s guide to Orkney

James Kay Lonely Planet author

Grey seals basking on the rocks in Orkney © Patricia Hamilton / Getty Images

Orkney is a treasure trove of human history, and its riches range from standing stones that predate the Pyramids to battleships sunk or scuttled during two world wars. But while the cultural heritage of this archipelago off the northeastern tip of Scotland is compelling, Orkney is home to something equally fascinating: a natural history measured in aeons rather […]

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DIY safari: a drive on the wild side in Zambia

Oliver Smith Lonely Planet author

Kalovia Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia © Philip Lee Harvey

Set off on a self-drive road trip beneath the big skies of Zambia: roaming among big game by day, pitching under the stars at night and casting off in a canoe at the road’s end. Rules 47–54 of the Zambian Highway Code concern animals. They offer considered advice like: ‘Do not carry animals on vehicle […]

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Lombok for nature lovers

Brett Atkinson Lonely Planet author

Visitors trek through Rinjani National Park

Rugged and adventurous, the Indonesian island of Lombok is growing in popularity for intrepid travellers. Gunung Rinjani, the country’s second highest volcano, rises in the north, while meandering trekking trails negotiate an interior of lush forests and fertile rural areas. Detour to Lombok’s southern coast for a spectacular combination of gently arcing coves and legendary […]

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By land and sea: outdoor adventures in Indonesia

Brett Atkinson Lonely Planet author

Sea kayaking Java's Unesco World Heritage–listed Ujung Kulon National Park

Stretching more than 4000km from east to west, Indonesia’s sprawling island-packed jungle archipelago offers many opportunities for active and adventurous travellers. Superb diving and snorkelling showcases a diverse and colourful underwater seascape, while above the water, challenging surf breaks draw bold board-riders from around the world. On land, trekking, white-water rafting and wildlife watching all […]

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Britain’s best campsites

David Else Lonely Planet author

Camping in Britain opens up great stretches of coast and countryside © Dmitry Naumov / Shutterstock

Camping is cheap, good for the soul and gives easy access to spectacular coast and countryside. Britain is dotted with thousands of campsites, many with comfortable ‘glamping’ options as well. Here’s eight of the very best, taking in Scottish islands, Yorkshire fells and Suffolk sand dunes. Best for… Beautiful beaches: Treen Farm, Cornwall Way down […]

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Cliffhanger: a white-knuckle adventure in the Italian Dolomites

Anna Tyler Lonely Planet author

The dramatic Dolomites mountains tower over the Alta Badia valley

‘Not more dangerous, only more difficult,’ is Michael’s response when I ask whether the rain that continues to fall will make our climb more dangerous. Despite being fluent in several languages, my mountain guide is a man of few words. We’re standing in a small car park in the Alta Badia valley, dwarfed by the […]

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