Alaska

Tips and Articles in Alaska

See our slideshow of The World’s Most Pristine Forests. Forests face an age-old problem: they’re worth more dead than alive. For thousands of years humans have slashed and burned their way through millions of acres of wilderness, turning it into ...
My college roommates and I want to take an all-women adventure trip (hiking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding). Can you recommend a good tour outfitter? —M.G., Lake Forest, Ill. Equinox Wilderness Expeditions (877/615-9087 or 907/274-9087; www.equin...
SHIP OFF TO ALASKA Glide past glaciers and pan for gold on a shore excursion. Early- or late-season Alaskan cruise departures can save you hundreds of dollars over midsummer sailings. Royal Caribbean (800/327-6700; www.royalcaribbean.com) has a se...
We've received scores of questions on volunteer travel—here, some answers, plus firsthand accounts from three families who headed out, pitched in, and returned home with a renewed sense of purpose. And isn't that what you really want from a vacati...
A growing army of "knit wits" are taking vacations that combine stitching with sightseeing, shopping, and massages. Get your needles ready. NORWAY Join Interweave Press on its June Knitting in Scandinavia trip (800/272-2193; www.interweave.com/eve...
Alaska has been called a land of extremes, and swimming in the steamy, rock-ringed pool at Chena Hot Springs, a modest "resort" 60 miles up a very lonely road from Fairbanks, brings together those extremes pretty well. The mineral-rich springs, fi...
Can you recommend a company that does horseback tours of Ireland? —K.D., Glen Ellyn, Ill. With its mountains, castles, beaches, and coastal villages, the Irish countryside is best explored from the back of a horse. Most riding tours follow establi...
Sustainable travel. Ecotourism. Fund-raising expeditions. Educational tours. Voluntourism. The lexicon of travel is expanding as quickly as the world is shrinking. For many, it is no longer enough to return home with a Turkish carpet or tales of...
There was a time, before polypropylene and gore-tex, before X Games and Sandy Hill Pittman, when wilderness adventure was an esoteric pastime reserved for the few. A certain kind of social elite—the old-money kind—took delight in donning wool over...
If you've ever been on St. Thomas or in Piraeus on a day when a half-dozen cruise liners are moored at the docks, you already know the central advantage of a smaller vessel: access to uncrowded ports. You also won't have to fight for a spa reserva...
Shoosh. we're standing at the foot of a towering wall of fractured blue glass, keeping absolutely quiet as our toes and fingers slowly go numb in the zero-degree cold. Shoosh. There it is again, a sound like a snowball thrown hard into dee...
See our slideshow of the World’s Top Aerial Tours. The hum of the single-engine Cessna fills your ears as you ascend above the Peruvian high desert. Below you, flat expanses of dry, brown earth extend in every direction, punctuated only by twisti...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...
ALASKA Explore the untamed wilderness on Safari Quest, Abercrombie & Kent's 120-foot yacht. Sail from Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park, then get in a kayak and scout for puffins, sea lions, and black bears. Back on board, continue along the 500...
1 Road Alaska is all about freedom, so why not call the shots yourself?A big loop around Highways 1, 2, and 3 takes you through the heart of Alaska, an 879-mile smorgasbord of taiga, tundra, and whitecapped mountain ranges. Several companies in ...