Stephanie Vermillion
Freelance journalist for Outside, National Geographic, CN Traveler Travel & Leisure, etc.
Travel + Outdoors Journalist

Stephanie Vermillion is a travel and outdoor journalist who covers stories at the intersection of adventure and culture for National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, Outside, Backpacker, Conde Nast Traveler, and more. Her focus areas include adventure travel, the outdoors, stargazing/ astrotourism, and road trips. Follow her on Instagram (@bystephanievermillion) and Twitter (@smvermillion).

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    19 Jun 2022

    Why Learning to Dive Abroad is the Perfect Post-Pandemic Adventure

    Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

    Getting dive certified in Bonaire lets a world traveler wipe off the pandemic dust, reconnecting with the spirit she lost during COVID
    19 Jun 2022

    The second-city travel trend is helping alleviate pressure on the world's most overtouristed urban centers. Here's how it could help crowded outdoor escapes, too
    06 Jun 2022

    Walls can't talk — but in a city with some of the most unusual architecture in Europe, they still tell a fascinating story. This year, the Lithuanian city of Kaunas begins a new page
    06 Jun 2022

    Bookmark these five celestial events in June for a month of cosmic sightseeing
    26 May 2022

    Book one of these gorgeous Tennessee glamping sites for the state's best views, adventures, and digs
    26 May 2022

    The first Marriott hotel in Belize, Alaia Belize offers a rooftop pool, a hip aesthetic and easy access to the country's best snorkeling spots
    19 May 2022

    Here's how to plan the ultimate adventure in Chile's Atacama Desert — home to stunning landscapes, incredible wildlife, and epic stargazing
    03 May 2022

    Wildlife adventures can do wonders for conservation—but the wrong tours put animals at risk. Here's how to find a responsible outfitter so your trip can help protect the creatures you've come to see
    01 May 2022

    Sure, trips are all about the destination — but the journey can be enjoyable, too
    20 Apr 2022

    The Best First Backpacking Trips in the US

    United States

    Ready to make the leap from daytrips to backcountry overnights? These are the best first backpacking trails in the country
    09 Apr 2022

    These U.S. national parks offer some of the best views of wildflower blooms
    23 Mar 2022

    Is National Park Status Always a Good Thing?

    United States

    National park designation can both help—and hinder—our wild spaces
    14 Mar 2022

    The Outside Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Cleveland, OH, USA

    Some might be surprised to hear that one of our nation's most visited parks is in Ohio, but a single trip will be enough to convince you otherwise. Bridal-veil waterfalls, a spectacular river, and...
    11 Mar 2022

    How to Visit National Parks Responsibly

    United States

    As crowds grow and parks reach capacity, responsible national-park travel is more important than ever. Here's how to leave a lighter footprint, according to rangers
    11 Mar 2022

    The 25 Best Rail Trails in the U.S.

    United States

    From a scenic path that extends the entire length of New York to a new route connecting Yellowstone to Grand Teton, here are the most scenic ways to experience America's wilderness by bike
    11 Mar 2022

    If you love California's Joshua Tree National Park, you have female conservationist Minerva Hamilton Hoyt to thank
    08 Mar 2022

    This thought-provoking museum showcases the challenging, ever-changing, millennia-old relationship between humans and wildlife
    01 Mar 2022

    The 10 Best National Parks in the Eastern U.S.

    United States

    To inspire your own outdoor wanderlust, here are 10 of the best national parks in the eastern U.S
    23 Feb 2022

    Granting access to more than 2,000 national parks and recreation areas, the America the Beautiful pass is a game changer for any park-hopping traveler. Here's how to know if the pass is right for...
    16 Feb 2022

    The Green O, an all-inclusive that's part of the Resort at Paws Up in Montana, offers a thrilling winter adventure called skijoring, or horse-powered skiing