North & Central America

Rush Redux

REMOTE FLOAT RAFTING THE ALSEK RIVER Not too long ago, the Alsek River didn't really exist. A "surging" glacier—capable of lurching several hundred feet in a few days—had plugged...

Rush Redux

FROM MULES TO MOUNTAIN BIKES PEDALING THE SAM MCGEE TRAIL In its third annual report card, the International Mountain Bike Association gave the Yukon an A minus, the same grade...

Rush Redux

HIMILAYAS OF THE WEST SKIING MOUNT LOGAN By the numbers, Mount Logan can seem daunting. At 19,550 feet, it's Canada's highest peak. Sitting squarely in the St. Elias Mountains of...

Rush Redux

TROPHY LIFE FISHING TINCUP WILDERNESS LODGE The Yukon is riddled with lonesome rivers and alpine lakes that rarely, if ever, see lures. Spin casting for lake trout, whitefish, and...

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...

The North Stars

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:...

The North Stars

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...

The North Stars

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...

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