Nature

California

ROUTE: Gaviota State Park to Piedras Blancas, California ROADS: California 1, U.S. 101 MILES: 120Elsewhere on the Pacific Coast Highway, weekenders in minivans...

Makena's Hill Camp

THE PROP PLANE LANDED on a grass airstrip at the edge of Africa's Great Rift Valley 175 miles northwest of Nairobi, and a driver took me on an abbreviated tour of author Kuki Gallmann's private...

The Ultimate Classroom

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

Colorado

High-altitude Rocky Mountain National Park, bursting with 74 peaks over 12,000 feet, serves as an adventure training ground for my family. Our ultimate ambition is to summit 14,255-foot Longs...

The Perfect 10

THE PRIVATE PLANE SWOOPED LOW, buzzing us like a fighter jet in Top Gun and drowning out the marriage vows. But that's life in Alaska. When you're 120 miles north of Anchorage, 270 miles...

Dolphin-Safe

THERE'S NO DENYING the appeal of swim-with-dolphins programs: What kid doesn't want face time with Flipper? But growing awareness of hazards to the captive dolphins used in these programs—...

Stalker

One evening last December, on a snowy ridge in the Absaroka Mountains outside Livingston, Montana, I cut some cougar tracks. They seemed to materialize out of nowhere, rising up a steep hillside...

Latitude Adjustment

5. PURE WILDERNESS ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE There's no time like the present to raft through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Fly from Arctic Village to the headwaters of...

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 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...

Tassia Lodge

IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, indigenous small-scale tourism has been providing an alternative to the traditional luxury safaris run by old colonialists and staffed by underpaid tribespeople. Set on a...

Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge

THE 24-MILE FROM Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain, up to Asa Wright Nature Centre is not a trip you want to make after dark. The road twists vertiginously around sharp drop-offs, and nighttime...

Posada Amazonas

AT THE EDGE OF AN OLD-GROWTH forest the size of Connecticut, Posada Amazonas is run and staffed mainly by members of the native Ese'eja community. Ese'eja means "true people," and these

Close Encounters

EXPLORING REEF AND RAINFOREST [BELIZE] Mingle with everything from crocs and tapirs to jabiru storks and hawksbill turtles on this eight-day whirl through Belize. After three days on the...

Off the Gringo Trail

JUST 45 MILES EAST of El Paredón, rivers tumble from the highlands and back up against the beaches, forming a tropical bathtub—perfect mangrove terrain. The 6,900-acre Monterrico...

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