Notes: Hiking The Catskills With Six-Year-Olds

From gear to snacks, a guide to getting kids into nature

Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side …

Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz’s Spacious New 2020 GLS

Family-friendly looks are deceptive considering this SUV's highly adventurous capabilities

When imagining a summer of freedom, a road trip to a faraway beach or remote mountain getaway is likely on the list. And, if you want to bring along a passel of friends and family, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS would be a clever idea. The GLS is the carmaker’s new full-size, three-row model—an update on the previous GL. It weighs some 5,500 pounds and fits …

Test Drive: The 2019 Mercedes-AMG 53 Series

High-performance in a subtle, sophisticated package

High-performance cars are meant to be fun, but brake calipers colored like Skittles and giant spoilers are a little overt for many drivers who don’t want their car to scream speed. For Mercedes-AMG—the performance arm of the Stuttgart-based brand—all that performance is available in more subtle designs. While not exactly impervious to the call of a fixed rear wing (the GT R coupe comes to …