Alaska is inherently intimidating, which is why so many people are willing to cough up a small fortune to see the state’s greatest landscapes by bush plane. But if you fly into Anchorage and rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you can put together a two-week, life-list-worthy itinerary complete with epic wilderness hiking, remote lodges, and heart-stopping raft trips. Much of the route presented here follows main arteries, with plenty of roadhouses for supplies or car repairs. But you should still know how to change a flat. And bring bear spray.
In the quest to make—and sell—the perfect drink, no one is going further than Scott Lindquist of Alaska Distillery. To concoct his premium vodkas, he hunts down 300-pound icebergs on Prince William Sound, then taps their ancient waters to power mysterious blends that keep winning awards. David Kushner heads north to sail and sip with the intrepid craftsman.
Cruise ships and wildlife buses? The tourist staples miss the point of Alaska: It's the last real place to find an epic, crowd-free adventure on American soil. We've scoured the state for the best wilderness lodges, river trips, lonely highways, and DIY escapes. Bear mace not included.
The goal: To rank the continent's top ski destinations. The deciding factors: Snow quality and terrain. The judge: Marc Peruzzi, intrepid Colorado-based ski reporter, former Outside staffer, and editor of Skiing magazine, 2003-2008.
Five refreshingly undeveloped resorts
Two former Olympians roll out Alaska's first high-end heli-hotel
Trophy trought and salmon are only part of the catch at these luxe western lodges.
Guys Only Adventures
Today's topic: We rank the Top 40 schools where you can hit the books AND the backcountry. Your assignment: Rappel off that ivory tower and take our cram course on America's most adrenaline-friendly colleges. You'll come for your B.A. (Bachelor of Adventure) and want to stay for life.
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