Amelia Arvesen

Contributing Writer, Via

Amelia Arvesen is a journalist focused on writing about travel and the outdoor industry. Her work appears in Backpacker, Outside, Climbing, and SNEWS, where she was an editor on staff. She roams the U.S. in her converted camper van with her husband.


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Mobile Driver’s Licenses Are Coming

Digital IDs are being adopted in Arizona, Utah, California, and elsewhere in the West.
An airstream trailer parked at an ocean-side campsite at Kirk Creek Campground along Highway 1 in Big Sur, California.

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View toward the Olympic Mountains from Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island, Washington.

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A man kayaks on a lake in Arizona.

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An RV drives thorugh a red rock tunnel just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

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Get the most out of your next road trip with these steps.
A woman mountain bikes on the Total BS Trail in Ely, Nevada.

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A trail through Muir Woods National Monument.

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Wildflowers line the Treasure Loop Trail into the Flairon at Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstition Mountains.

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Frozen Emerald Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

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Bundle up and venture out for a frosty view of the United States' treasures.
Cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park.

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The sun sets behind Horsehoe Bend near Page, Arizona.

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