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What Climbing My First Mountain at 52 Taught Me About Motherhood

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.01.2016 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

We were going to hike up a mountain, The Boy said. Not climb, hike. Or maybe that's what I chose to hear. Certainly, The Boy is aware of my age and th...

America's Furthest-north High School Basketball Team Racks Up the Miles on an Epic Road Trip

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.07.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

There are not a lot of ways out of Barrow, but basketball is one of the best.

A Love Letter To Alaska

Love Letters | Posted 11.24.2014 | Travel
Love Letters

Our daughters are starting their own families now and a new generation of Alaskans in my family are learning to appreciate that early morning light, the sound of loon song echoing over the lake, and fat fresh blueberries just picked from the bush.

This National Park Is Larger Than Switzerland

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel

When it comes to U.S. national parks, everyone knows about Yellowstone and Yosemite. But we bet you've never heard of the national park that's larger ...

Alaska's Monster Salmon: Finding Kings on the Kenai

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Since 4 a.m., you've been straddling a narrow path on the edge of a rushing current, your back against a steep slope of hard-packed mud. There's barely room to swing the rod, your feet are wet and you can forget about a place to sit.

To Get To This Hotel, You'll Have To Survive Mosquito Abduction

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.18.2014 | Travel

Your drive to Grande Denali Lodge will be anything but serious. The Alaskan hotel is perched atop Sugarloaf Mountain -- and while gorgeous, the dri...

Incredible Seaplane Views of Anchorage, Alaska

Peter Greenberg | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel
Peter Greenberg

Head over to Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane port in the world with more than 1,000 aircraft basing themselves on the lake. There are more than 90,000 takeoffs a year, so you'll be able to book a flight on just about any day.

A Love Letter To Fairbanks

Love Letters | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Love Letters

I've traveled all over the world, yet every time I am away I long to return to you. Every season brings a different adventure and unique beauty, but nothing compares to the sights and scents of late summer.

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Alaska

David Landsel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
David Landsel

Whether a cheap cruise or an expensive fishing trip, if you want to have your hand held -- or if you just feel like blowing a bunch of cash -- operators are standing by. It doesn't have to be like that, though.

Terrifying Drives for Brave Road-Trippers

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Buckle up for a tour of highways with hairpin turns, steep cliffs, narrow lanes, extreme weather, and dizzying heights.

A Love Letter To The Kenai Peninsula

Love Letters | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel
Love Letters

Alas, as it turned out I returned only for visits, visits that always make me wonder if maybe we shouldn't just sell everything back in the lower 48 and stake out a new claim on your beautiful, rugged terrain.

The American Town That's Secretly Canadian

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

What would an America under tyrannical Canadian rule look like? More polite? Cheaper health care? Would we all have to call macaroni and cheese "Kraft dinner"? The best way to envision this nightmarish alternate-universe dystopia is to peek in on the quiet town of Hyder, Alaska.

A Guide to Cruising in Alaska

Viator | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel

Alaska is sometimes thought of as America's last frontier, with the state's rugged mountains covering huge amounts of land, much of it largely untouched by humans. An Alaskin cruise brings passengers alongside wildlife and glaciers with panoramic views from the ship's deck.

Searching for Grizzly Bears? Follow the Salmon

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 08.19.2013 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

The trick is to find out where the bears go to eat, and follow them. And where do they go every summer and have for centuries? To the rivers, brooks and creeks where their primary diet, the salmon, are swimming upstream.

5 Unexpected (and Strange!) Alaskan Creatures

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 02.24.2013 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

Most people come to Alaska for the whales, the bears and the soaring eagles. And rightly so! These majestic creatures are the stuff of legends.

WATCH: A Brown Bear Fishing in a Frigid River

Rick Steves | Posted 02.20.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

On my recent trip through southeast Alaska with American Safari Cruises, while kayaking in a remote bay, we came upon a bear happily fishing for salmon... and catching plenty.

Cruising Alaska: Kayaking, Paddleboarding and Bear Fishing

Rick Steves | Posted 02.18.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Whether on a small-boat tour, or even closer to the water in a kayak, when exploring desolate little bays and inlets, sea lions are a constant presence.

Cruising North Toward Alaska

Rick Steves | Posted 01.30.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Just after our first sunrise at sea, a voice on our stateroom intercom wakes us up with a cheery, "Good morning. Humpback whales are breaching on the port and starboard."

PHOTOS: Marine Adventures In Wildest Alaska

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 10.15.2012 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

Although my companions and I are far from being swarthy, tattooed sailors full of song and stories, we are in search of the same adventure.

PHOTOS: Where Is The Vally Of Ten Thousand Smokes?

Posted 05.17.2012 | Travel

The state of Alaska is preparing for the centennial of massive volcanic eruptions that changed the global climate, spawned acid rain and buried the Uk...

PHOTOS: The View From Alaska's Remote Wilderness

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 06.06.2012 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

All of these amazing photos were shot by naturalists and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors last year during spring and summer in Alaska.

Answering The Call Of Alaska

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 05.28.2012 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

A former mining outpost, Coldfoot earned its name when the last few residents upped and left after two savagely cold winters.

WATCH: A Human-Powered Race Through The Alaskan Wilderness

Kirsten Dixon | Posted 04.29.2012 | Travel
Kirsten Dixon

The Alaska Ultrasport Iditarod Invitational is a human-powered race along the Iditarod Trail, the same route as Alaska's famed 1,000-mile sled dog race -- and these racers bike and ski the course.

PHOTOS: Dog Mushing 101

Kirsten Dixon | Posted 04.08.2012 | Travel
Kirsten Dixon

The premise of dog mushing is simple: hook a few dogs together along a rope, attach the rope to a sled, stand on the runners of the sled and hold on. The reality of dog mushing is infinitely more complex.

PHOTOS: The Peculiar, Beautiful Light Of Alaska

Chris Owens | Posted 03.26.2012 | Travel
Chris Owens

Here's what nobody talks about: the quality of the light. Alaska light is mesmerizing, instilling a hypnotic love for the "Last Frontier." 2012-01-25-alaska300cm012512.jpg