Alaska

Tips and Articles in Alaska

Q: I recently stayed at an agriturismo in Italy and would love to have a similar experience closer to home. Any suggestions? —Greg Stahl, Mesa, Ariz. A: “American growers are taking a cue from their European counterparts by letting you experience...
"What were they thinking?" That’s what Paco Underhill, author of the books Why We Buy and Call of the Mall, says he wondered when friends presented him with a souvenir gift from Chile: a paperweight rendered from the hoof of a Clydesdale horse. "...
See our slideshow of Do-It-Yourself “Amazing Race” Adventures. One step off a platform and it’s 200 feet straight down. Strapped into a harness and clinging to a rope, adventurers step, jump, or fall off the platform and let gravity take over, dr...
For years I'd been planning to take pictures in North America again. I'd heard about the totem pole villages in Sitka and Ketchikan, in Alaska, but then I went to the Seattle Art Museum and saw its totem pole collection. That's what really got me ...
Question: What do Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, and John Waters have to do with cruise ships? Answer: Absolutely nothing. Until now, that is—works by these artists and many more have found a home aboard the new M.V. Mercury, where art and d...
Can you suggest a few tour operators that organize adventure trips for solo travelers? —S.L., VIA E-MAIL Cyclists on Footloose/TrekAmerica's new Southwest Mountain Bike Tour (800/221-0596; www.footloose.com; June 16-27; $1,199, including camping ...
After two days at Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs, California, you feel as if you've had 10 days' vacation. This luxurious, sensual spa serves fabulous food, and no children are allowed.Harriet CohenVoorhees, N.J. I E-ma...
One imagines Alaska in winter as dark, icy, and—unless you're a bear—too cold. Maybe that's true in Nome, where dogsledders mush across ice and snow at temperatures of 40 below. But farther south, in the Inside Passage (or the southeastern archipe...
Here's a tip of the hat to the values that make this country great. We're not talking about motherhood and fair play. We talking value values: low-cost, deep discount, satisfaction-guaranteed values. The fact is, there are more ways to save mo...
Surprised by the results of his recent project to assess the state of conservation in America, biologist Eric Dinerstein couldn't help remarking, "It's as if North Americans won the biological lottery, but forgot to look at the ticket." Together w...
It's said that the Tongass National Forest wears a mantle of precipitation in modesty: on those rare days when the sun does shine, the landscape is simply too gorgeous. But perhaps the rainclouds are worn in shame, too—in a vain attempt to shroud ...
space for rentYou've probably passed them in airports and wondered about those Laptop Lanes, business centers popping up like Starbucks. It started when ad executive Mark McNeely told his friend Bruce Merrell that he'd seen a businessman crawling ...
Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself, called her "gallant" and "remarkable.") In 1927, she sailed to Lebanon to learn Arabic and went...
The pilot eyed the clouds as he taxied to the end of Lake Hood, the seaplane base that runs alongside Anchorage’s international airport. We were hoping to get to Redoubt Bay Lodge, a tiny hideaway on the edge of a vast wilderness of rock and ice c...
You could say our 12-day Alaskan cruise lasted a year. For the six months before we boarded the ship in Vancouver last summer, the trip was the main topic of conversation in our house. We talked about glaciers and fjords, eagles and bears, pipelin...