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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  • Stories
    05 Jan 2022

    From a Mayan astronomy excursion to igloos under the northern lights
    04 Jan 2022

    America's 50 Best Hikes: Kentucky

    Backpacker Magazine

    Kentucky, USA

    My contribution to Backpacker Magazine's roundup of the best 50 hikes in America: Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace Trail (print issue, January-February 2022)
    04 Jan 2022

    Finding My Footing

    Backpacker Magazine

    Catskill Mountains, Shandaken, NY, USA

    A hiker pulls confidence from an unsolicited gear critique in the Catskills
    31 Dec 2021

    Go beyond the overwater bungalows for the South Pacific's wilder side on this epic trip around Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, and Raiatea
    20 Dec 2021

    As Egypt makes an effort to diversify its workforce, women-owned businesses are showing visitors around the capital with food- and history-focused tours
    15 Dec 2021

    From Costa Rica to Bali, these are 10 of the greenest places on Earth
    13 Dec 2021

    We got a first look at Motu Nao Nao, French Polynesia's newest private island that opened this month
    09 Dec 2021

    The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022


    **My contribution: Kaunas, Lithuania** From far-flung destinations to hometown favorites, 2022 is the year to get back out there and turn your dream trips into reality
    09 Dec 2021

    Our 33 tips for traveling during and after the COVID-19 pandemic cover everything from trip planning and flying to money matters and staying healthy
    06 Dec 2021

    The 22 Best Places to Go in 2022

    Wisconsin, USA

    Whether you're looking for a cutting-edge food destination or a relaxing beach getaway. (My contribution: the Great Lakes)
    27 Nov 2021

    These adorable small towns in Iceland offer stunning scenery, northern lights views, hearty fare, and more
    24 Nov 2021

    Soak among mountains, jungles, and icebergs at the best hot springs in the world, from Iceland to Japan
    09 Nov 2021

    It's All Home Water: Cuyahoga Comeback - Patagonia

    Cleveland, OH, USA

    Ohio's burning river made headlines in 1969. Now, the Cuyahoga's telling a new story
    09 Nov 2021

    7 of the Best Hot Springs in Iceland


    From the Blue Lagoon to the Mývatn Nature Baths, soak in one — or all — of these scenic hot springs in Iceland
    03 Nov 2021

    Using their scuba skills, these water lovers clean the country's largest lakes in the hope that their garbage hordes can spark high-level change
    02 Nov 2021

    How to Take a Train to All the Best National Parks

    United States

    Visit 13 of America's best-loved national parks on this cross-country national-park train loop
    28 Oct 2021

    Bookmark these seven U.S. getaways outside Alaska for your next aurora-hunting adventure
    27 Oct 2021

    Enjoy the Show | Aurora Hunting Guide

    Travel & Leisure


    Travel & Leisure, November 2021 Issue: This winter could see a star turn for the northern lights. Stephanie Vermillion offers expert advice for improving your odds of seeing this don't-miss spectacle
    27 Oct 2021

    Women About Town

    Travel & Leisure

    Cairo, Egypt

    Travel & Leisure, November 2021 Issue: As Egypt makes an effort to diversify its workforce, new faces in the travel industry are introducing visitors to the Cairo they love
    26 Oct 2021

    Meet the gold standard in winter adventure