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Latitude Adjustment

3. GIANT MOUNTAIN FUN MCCARTHY, ALASKA McCarthy, a tiny southeastern Alaska hamlet, is at the end of a 60-mile dirt track that has the dubious distinction of being the worst road in...

Latitude Adjustment

7. ARCTIC SAFARI AULAVIK NATIONAL PARK, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Established in 1992, Aulavik National Park is one of Canada's newest wilderness areas and one of the most wildlife-dense...

Rush Redux

ON THE FLY HELI-HIKING THE ST. ELIAS MOUNTAINS Flying over the St. Elias peaks in Kluane National Park and Reserve, you'd never guess the Ice Age ended some 10,000 years ago. Eighty...

The North Stars

BEST REINDEER OMELET [Gwennie's Restaurant, Anchorage] In the early 1970s, Gwennie's was a brothel for workers constructing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Since 1981 it's had a tamer...

Kid Everest

[Hawaii] DIAMOND HEAD CRATER TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 761 feet. TRAIL: 1.5 miles round-trip. Pack water, sunscreen, and a flashlight (dark tunnels!) for the trek up this Pacific landmark...

Kid Everest

[New York] BAXTER MOUNTAIN TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 2,440 feet. TRAIL: 2.2 miles round-trip from Spruce Hill. There may be an easier peak or two for kindergartners to scale in the...

Kid Everest

[Washington] WINCHESTER MOUNTAIN TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 6,521 feet. TRAIL: about four miles round-trip. The well-marked path, which starts between the Twin Lakes and winds 1,300...

Kid Everest

[Colorado] DEER MOUNTAIN TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 10,013 feet. TRAIL: six miles round-trip. This moderately strenuous trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, best for ages eight and up,...

Kid Everest

[California] LASSEN PEAK TRAILWISE SUMMIT: 10,457 feet. TRAIL: about five miles round-trip. Scaling this snowcapped Sierra Nevada volcano in Lassen Volcanic National Park...

The North Stars

BEST WHALE-WATCHING[Chiswell Islands]The humpbacks and orcas may be the headliners, but boat tours around the Chiswell Islands in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge have an...

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BEST REMOTE BEAR VIEWING [Katmai National Park and Preserve] Getting to Katmai National Park and Preserve, located on the Alaska Peninsula west of Kodiak Island, can be a schlep:...

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BEST HALIBUT FISHING [Kachemak Bay] There's prime halibut fishing from the deep salt water off Alaska's panhandle in the east to Bristol Bay in the west, but the appeal of chartering a...

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BEST PLACE TO GET OVERWHELMED BY BALD EAGLES [Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve] The swirling confluence of three rivers—the Tsirku, Chilkat, and Klehini—near Haines causes...

The North Stars

BEST KAYAKING ROUTE [Point Adolphus] The paddling is easy and the humpback whales are plentiful on Alaska Discovery Wilderness Adventures' Point Adolphus trip. The three-day, two-night...

Total Immersion

FOUR SNORKELS ABREAST, we flutter-kicked into the steely deep Pacific. A few hundred yards off Hawaii's lava shoreline we had just seen a family of humpback whales and hoped for a closer...

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