Glacier Bay National Park is a place of immense beauty and dynamic change. After an awe-inspiring week spent in the park, Andy Cross provides a look at what makes this Inside Passage destination so incredibly unique.
A Holland America Line sailing showcases the best of Alaska, offering diverse experiences for multigenerational families and leisure groups Alaska is a booming cruise destination. Indeed, Alaska cruises were the most booked U.S. vacation for the third year in a row, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2019-2020 travel trends survey. Alaska welcomed an estimated 1.33…
From abandoned mines to gorgeous glaciers, this national park is a must-see
Wranglell-St. Ellias is one of eight national parks in Alaska, and is the largest national park in the U.S. It is also part of the cross border Kluane/Wrangell-St Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO world heritage site, which collectively has the largest non-polar ice field in the world.
It is also perhaps the most accessible national park in Alaska, in that you can reach it by car. Except Denali, every other park in Alaska requires a bush plane or a ferry to properly visit. Also, unlike the other parks, Wrangell-St. Elias has private property, which was grandfathered when the park was created. It is also home to the towns of McCarthy and Kenicott, which are situated in the middle of the park.
McCarthy is the heart of the park, and there are several reality-TV shows which are based in the small town, following the lives of the people who live there.
An overview guide of the eight Alaska National Parks. These are some of the most remote, yet most visited National Parks in the USA. Denali, Lake Clark, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk, Katmai, Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Wrangell- St Elias.
It is no coincidence that remote and inaccessible is virtually synonymous with stunning wilderness and incredible scenery. A lack of people tends to let nature grow and maintain itself as nature intended. The wilds of the eight Alaska National Parks are no exception to this rule.
Alaska is arguably one of the best places on Earth to witness nature in action, from slow-moving glaciers on their millenia-long journeys to bears engaged in lightning fast salmon fishing at waterfalls. And with relatively easier access than more inhospitable regions across the world, these eight Alaska National Parks are in a prime position to show off the breathtaking beauty of nature.
What’s better is that while they contain large amounts of remote areas, with a little bit of commitment it is possible to visit each one of these national parks.
In an uncertain world, UNESCO’s environmental, sustainability and peace programs benefit all nations; Trump’s U.S. pullout most deeply hurts Americans, say experts.
Since 2011, the U.S. has refused to pay its agreed to share to UNESCO as a Member Nation who has participated in and benefited from the organization’s scientific, environmental and sustainability programs. Now, President Trump has announced U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, effective at the end of 2018.
Experts say the pullout won’t in fact do any major damage to the organization, with most of the harm done to UNESCO when the U.S. went into arrears starting in 2011, with unpaid dues now totaling roughly $550 million. However, America’s failure to participate could hurt millions of Americans.
UNESCO science initiatives are international and deal multilaterally with a variety of environmental issues.
Naturalist John Muir didn’t have Patagonia waterproof Yulex gloves Amazon Primed to him. He did not have Gore-Tex or special wicking fabrics. His socks were probably wet the whole time.
These were my thoughts as I looked up from a cabin bunk on Day Three of a seven-night adventure cruise discovering the Alaska that inspired Muir to find “abounding beauty” in “all the cold darkness and glacial crushing.” Above me dripped my rubber pants and jacket; a row of socks and gloves drooped forlornly from the shower rod, the commingling smells somewhere between wet dog and bog mud.
John Muir went to Glacier Bay in southeast Alaska in 1879 to prove his theory that Yosemite’s mighty gorge had been created by the convergence of a similar system of glaciers.
A new book examines 16 leading exponents of the genre, each with their own unique take on how, where and why to capture landscapes.
Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres for amateur photographers, with countless competitions and awards heavily subscribed by enthusiasts and professionals who are keen to pitch their work against their peers. Mastering the genre takes time; time to perfect exposure, colour, composition and – perhaps above all else – the ability to see and record the landscape in a way that will make your photographs stand above the rest.
A new book, Masters of Landscape Photography, delves into the world of 16 leading lights, each with their own unique take on how, where and why the landscape can be recorded.
For a change, let’s get to know about four national parks along the Canadian-U.S. border that are home to icy peaks and beautiful glaciers.
From arid deserts to marshy wetlands and snow-capped mountains, nature manifests itself in many landscapes. To visit one such natural heritage, we travel along the border of Canada and the United States to four national and provincial parks.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of four parks – Kluane National Park and Reserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park.
These parks are protected areas along the boundary of Canada and the United States. They contain the largest non-polar icefield in the world and are home to some of the world’s longest and beautiful glaciers.
Are Connecticut travelers different from any others in their choice of summer vacation destinations?
Hard data is elusive. But state AAA travel consultants have noticed some trends that might be summed up in a short command: Go north or go eat.
The latter almost explains itself. Culinary vacations seem to be increasingly popular nationally. They may be dedicated to imbibing on vineyard and distillery tours, as well as to dining, perhaps with a host family or at a restaurant where the chef doubles as cooking instructor. Millennial travelers seem especially drawn to “food experiences,” according to one survey, that also found 22 million people of all ages expected to take a culinary vacation this year. The trips are likely to be to familiar foreign food capitals, like France, Italy and Spain, says Fran Mayko, public affairs officer at AAA’s regional Hamden office, but not necessarily.
We are proud to partner with Kristin Hetterman! Kristin was on board the National Geographic Endeavor in the Galápagos Islands for the Third World Heritage Marine Managers Conference, held August 27-31, 2016. By: Kristin HettermannSince the first marine site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982, 49 sites in 37 countries stretching from the tropics to the poles have received this prestigious designation as an irreplaceable wonder of the world’s oceans. Yet these unique places are facing unprecedented challenges and change. Right now, more than 15 World Heritage marine sites are suffering from serious coral bleaching and a third of all World Heritage marine sites are still unsustainably or illegally fished.
The word “epic” doesn’t do Alaska justice. It’s America’s wild playground, with parks that are bigger than many U.S states. Its scenery is dramatic, its wildlife so plentiful that animals outnumber people.
Alaska ranks as a top bucket-list choice for many travelers, but if it’s on your “must” slate, you face a choice: by land or by sea?
Mark McConnell, an Anaheim financial planner, did both. He got his feet wet, so to speak, by sailing through the Inside Passage on Norwegian Cruise Line.
He then took a 10,000-mile van trip that included the Alaska Highway, a 1,387-mile stretch of road that was built during World War II to connect Alaska with the contiguous United States. (It also includes parts of Canada and is often called the AlCan Highway.)
“The scenery in Alaska is awesome,” McConnell said.
There are so many natural wonders for guests to behold on a Seabourn cruise to Alaska, but nothing quite like the mysterious and exotic Glacier Bay. As the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line returns to The Last Frontier starting this May, Seabourn will provide a select number of opportunities for guests to witness the icy beauty of the remote 3.3 million-acre wilderness area with five separate sailings into Glacier Bay aboard Seabourn Sojourn over the 2017 season ahead.
A U.S. National Park and Preserve that is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay is located along the Inside Passage on the southeastern coast of Alaska. The park encompasses 5,130 square miles of wilderness dotted with vast waterways, dynamic glaciers, emerald rainforests, striking coastlines, deep sheltered fjords, and snow-capped peaks.