As the days get longer and brighter, that old last-day-of-school itch returns and we all begin looking longingly out of our office windows. Adulthood may mean fewer long days wandering the woods, but – with a little planning – it can also mean realizing boyhood fantasies. A few connecting flights (or just a short drive) later, adventurers can spend June jumping off Utah's mesas, July horseback riding the Canadian Rockies, and August hitting the Southern Hemisphere's slopes. This is our comprehensive guide to wringing the very last drop of excitement (and adrenaline) out of the summer months.
Camp with wolves.
During the summer, crowded backcountry trails can be as frustrating as the Santa Monica Freeway. Not so on Lake Superior's Isle Royale, which sees fewer visitors in a year than many parks get in a day. Don't be fooled by the lack of attention. A designated "International Biosphere Reserve," it's arguably the most primitive wilderness camping and kayaking experience in the Midwest, with no roads and 165 miles of hiking trails, many of which shadow ruggedly beautiful shores haunted by shipwrecks. The island is home to moose, river otters, and more than 25 different species of wild orchid, some rarely seen anywhere outside the park. The island is most famous for its gray wolves that roam in several packs, but you'll be lucky to even see them. [nps.gov/isro]
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