Nature

Yellowstone National Park

Acres: 2,219,791 Contact: 307-344-7381COVERING 137 SQUARE MILES and perched above 7,700 feet, Yellowstone Lake is a formidable barrier between the tourist circus on the lake's...

North Cascades National Park

Acres: 684,302 Contact: 360-856-5700 THE NORTH CASCADES LOOK A LOT LIKE the Alps, with razorback peaks, alpine meadows, and plenty of glaciers. But the similarities to Europe...

This Stash Is Your Stash

There’s more than one way to take in the adventure and splendor of America’s national parks. So we’re serving up a prize package of SECRET TRIPS—locals’ no-tell...

The Haida Life

Even before the skiff left the harbor, I had one of those gnawing moments of self-doubt that eternally plague suburban parents. My daughter, Allie, who's nine, pulled on the adult...

Alaska’s Secret Island Realm

UP UNTIL EARLY EVENING, when the oak tiller of our 32-foot sailboat, Antares, snapped off, leaving us adrift in the rock-studded seas of Imperial Passage, it had been a nearly perfect day...

Worldwide Wild

Argentina Trekking the Heart of Patagonia [2004 Winner] You may often find yourself slack-jawed on this journey into the Patagonian wilds, gaping at the...

Far Flung Fiestas

Dean Cummings H20 Heli Guides Anybody who's read Jack London knows that Alaska is for men. Mountain men. Dean Cummings knows this, too. That's why Dean's H20 Heli Guides runs...

100-Proof Americana

AMERICA PICKED UP AND MOVED to the big city generations ago, and we've been second-guessing ourselves ever since. For every stifled small-town kid champing at the bit to split, there are a...

Georgetown, South Carolina

IT'S A TOSS UP trying to decide which is more astonishingly preserved: the downtown of South Carolina's third-oldest municipality, bordered by the Sampit River, shaded by live oaks, and riddled...

Counterattack

FOR DARING TO WORK closely with bears, Timothy Treadwell was called a fool. I have also worked closely with bears and been called a fool for it. ...

Blood Brothers

ON OCTOBER 6, Willy Fulton eased his Beaver floatplane down into Alaska's Katmai National Park and remote Kaflia Bay, a broad mosaic of ocean beach, braided waterways, dense thickets of alder,...

Some Bet on My Death

THIS PAST SUMMER—his 13th in Alaska—Timothy Treadwell wrote frequent letters to family and friends, including Roland Dixon, a Bellevue, Colorado, rancher and conservation activist...

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