Many years ago, when I was on an adventurous tour of northern Pakistan, an incident occurred that continues to trouble me. Our hardy band of 10 had been told by both our Pakistani guide and our U.S. guide that we should not take pictures of local women, as this was extremely disturbing to the Pakistanis. […]
This odyssey to The Great Land is an epic adventure of national parks, outdoor adventure, untouched nature, and wildlife thriving in the genuine wild. Take it all in as you spend days exploring with local naturalists, boat captains, outfitters, park service staff, lodge owners, and pilots, who share history and stories of their homeland.
Travel by small plane, float plane, boat, train, bus, kayak, and dog sled to explore small towns, classic cities, and the beauty that is everywhere you look. The trip begins in Glacier Bay National Park, where saltwater, temperate rainforest, towering glaciers, and marine life beckon. Seward is next, on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park, with opportunities to cruise through the fjords and enjoy a salmon bake on a remote island. A night in Anchorage is followed by a day at Brooks Falls in the heart of Katmai National Park, to watch brown bears feeding on salmon. In the shadows of Lake Clark National Park, a stellar backcountry lodge on a pristine mountain lake awaits, with an array of daily activities. Next up is Kennicott, an old mining town with opportunities to hike on a glacier, tour a gold mine, and raft a river, all within the bounds of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the country’s largest. The heart of Denali National Park – 90 miles in – is unforgettable, and a place where most never go. You’ll stay in cozy cabins near Wonder Lake on the flanks of the mountain. Finally, one night in Fairbanks allows you to reset your “spectacular” meter, before heading on to the last destination of this epic adventure, Bettles Lodge, outside of Gates of the Arctic National Park.