Ecotourism

If you’re seeking a low-impact getaway in a truly wild place, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect destination than Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of square miles of wildlands await adventurous travelers who want to explore the Last Frontier. Scroll down to begin exploring sustainable adventure, or use the menu below to further narrow your selection.

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Summer 2015. Southcentral Alaska. The road north passes through familiar scenery: hay flats near Palmer, lakes by Wasilla, scattered homes and businesses and forest in between. Then somewhere around Willow, the landscape changed. Greenery gave way to black. We were driving to Denali State Park for a family camping trip alongside Byers Lake; a route […]

Kirsten Swann | March 27, 2017

Kodiak Island is hard on buildings. Wood rots. Metal rusts. Rain finds the leaks. Freight is expensive. People here reuse for economy and practicality, like the shipping containers repurposed as storage sheds and offices around town. Sometimes the act of adapting what’s available leads to interesting spaces and design. For the few months it was […]

Jamie Gonzales |

By Kirsten Swann One of the best things about Whittier is getting there in the first ricelace. Visitors arrive either by land, through a two-and-a-half mile tunnel beneath Maynard Mountain, or by sea, through striking Prince William Sound. Once there, your options depend almost entirely on the season. The town is small — home to […]

Kirsten Swann | December 26, 2016

Anchorage has finally been blessed by its first snowfall in quite some time: A real snowfall, worthy of pulling out shovels, lacing up snow boots and expectantly waxing skis. While I am cautiously optimistic that this means that we are going to be treated to an actual winter this year, I can’t quite believe it. […]

Haley Johnston | December 6, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE: Date Night in Old Russia by J. Besl I’ll Have What Harding’s Having by Kirsten Swann Let Them Eat Naan by Elin Johnson Seeds of Change by Bailey Berg Feast for the Senses by Jamie Gonzales Trash Talk by Catalina Dengel SPONSORED: Sea to Table by Bailey Berg, for Alaska Native Tribal […]

Jamie Gonzales | November 14, 2016

Jason Esler removes his cap, wipes his brow and surveys the fresh mound of potato peels, watermelon rinds, crushed zucchini, tomatoes and other various food scraps he’s just dumped into a hole. The stocky blonde with two shaggy shoulder-length braids takes a minute to catch his breath, look down from the heap with a satisfied […]

Catalina Dengel |

It’s just after noon in Peterson Cove as Marie and Ron Bader head to work. The sun is high in the September sky, warming the metal seats of their skiff, but the water that sprays off the stern is rousingly cold. It’s a quick commute for the retired teachers turned oyster farmers. Pushing off the […]

Bailey Berg |

Every year during the first weekend of August, the small Kenai Peninsula town of Ninilchik experiences a strange phenomenon. Its fairgrounds and campsites are taken over as thousands of joyous festival-goers descend to strum banjos and chug kombucha. There is an incredible boost in the number of Patagonia sweaters, while the overall ratio between individuals […]

Kirsten Swann |

If a decade of playing and working in the wilderness has taught me anything, it is this: stay flexible. Any experienced backcountry traveler knows there is no limit to the unexpected circumstances that might befall them while traveling through Alaska’s vast wilderness. One hundred mile-per-hour winds, a foot of snowfall in June, near-biblical flooding, a […]

Haley Johnston | October 25, 2016

Many people dream of quitting their jobs and traveling, but for some Alaska professionals, flying around the state is just one of the job perks. The people we connected with—a videographer, a health educator, an engineer and a nurse practitioner—aren’t the only Alaskans who rack up frequent flier miles on the job, but their stories will […]

Bailey Berg | June 27, 2016

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