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The Insider's Guide to the Great Parks
Presenting our annual coverage of the best national park adventures in the U.S. and Canada.   Text by Robert Earle Howells  

Photo: Hiking in Mount Rainier National Park
OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS: The Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park leads hikers to one jaw-dropping view after the next.

Two countries. Thirty national parks. Fifty adventures of a lifetime. Between the United States and Canada, it's time to gear up for a summer like no other. Here's how to find real adventure in the great parks.

National Parks 2006
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Weird and Wild in the Parks
Find the most mind-bending natural phenomena,
plentiful wildlife, and sybaritic pleasures in 
North America's national parks.
Photo: Yosemite National Park Yosemite National Park
Pay tribute to the king
Photo: Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park
Dive into the big ditch
Photo: Canadian Rockies Parks Canadian Rockies Parks
Claim a national treasure


Photo: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hunker down in a hollow


Photo: Gros Morne National Park Gros Morne National Park
Discover your own fjord


Photo: Everglades National Park Everglades National Park
Splash around in a swamp


Photo: Pacific Rim National Park Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Explore a deserted coast



The Thrill Factor
Five unexpected itineraries that scream action

Trips Through the Ages
Five classic adventures that will never go out of style

Epic Journeys
Five off-the-charts escapes that reach deep into the wild

Moments to Live For
Five of life's most essential experiences, done perfectly in the parks



Photographs, from top, by Cliff Leight (2); Miguel Nogueira; Whit Richardson; Greg Pflug/Sierra Club Outings; Paulina Varshavskaya and Robert Zeithammer; Pat Welsch/Panoramicscribe; Batstar Adventure Tours


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Pick up the June/July 2006 issue for 50 top adventures in the national parks; how to move to Montana; the best ten-day Brazil vacation; 11 instant weekend escapes; and new watches, cameras, and sunglasses for summer.

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