These are some of the best hiking, outdoor, and travel magazines.
A magazine subscription provides outdoor adventure inspiration all year long and makes a nice gift for the outdoorsy people on your list.
Of course, flipping through any of these magazines will make you want to throw a suitcase together and start booking plane tickets so we’re not responsible for any travel expenses you incur.
Bonus: Magazine subscriptions are good as a last-minute gift as most allow for an emailed or printed gift card.
This is our favorite outdoor publication. And it’s not just for backpackers or campers – we only day hike but each issue is chock full of great info.
It covers hiking routes all over the country (and some international) with an emphasis on National Parks, plus knowledgeable clothing and gear reviews, and killer photography.
The only problem is the serious case of wanderlust it instills – every issue ends up filled with sticky notes of places to add to our already massive “to hike” list.
If your active lifestyle contains more than hiking/backpacking, then Outside Magazine is also good choice.
Our go-to magazine for all things photography. Gear reviews, how-to’s, amazing photos… there’s good stuff here for pros and beginners alike.
For many many years this was our favorite travel publication but, sadly, the January 2020 issue is it’s final issue.
While not focused on the outdoors, there were many articles that included it. It had more of an emphasis on international travel and was a good choice for those who love travel as much as the outdoors.
A personal favorite that, while not intentionally outdoor or travel focused, we really enjoy.
Articles on Pompeii, the Inca Road, and Egypt in addition to a broad range of science, nature, and history topics.
If your adventures tend to incorporate history, ruins, and ancient cultures like ours do – this magazine is worth a look.
National Geographic Adventure
A little shout out to our all-time favorite. This was an awesome outdoor/travel/photo magazine until it ceased publication in 2006. The issues were archived online at one point but no longer.