Alaska

Story & photos by Julie Snyder (You can read Part One here) On to Denali Alaska Railroad rumbles through nearly 500 miles of the state’s most soul-soothing scenery and we traveled 360 of them. Rolling out of Fairbanks on a cloudy morning aboard the Denali Star, we settled into the

Story & photo by Julie Snyder Alaska is big. And wild. And jaw-dropping. And big. So big that it’s larger than Texas, California and Montana combined. Rhode Island could fit inside Alaska almost 500 times! So wide, from the tip of the Aleutian Islands to the easternmost edge of the

By Everett Potter For sophisticated travelers, an Alaska cruise presents a classic travel conundrum. The magnificent fjords, glaciers and small coastal towns beckon, along with the possibilities of abundant wildlife sightings of brown bears and whales. On the other hand, setting sail with several thousand other passengers in a large

By Eleanor Berman Five hundred forty seven photos later, I’m home from Alaska, still marveling at the stupendous scenery that greeted us every single day. There are many mighty mountains of course, but the combination of sea and snow-capped peaks, the glaciers, the wildlife and the vast green virginal spaces

By Everett Potter The sport fishing season in Alaska is upon us and there’s no one better to discuss it with than Captain Tom Ohaus, the founder and co-owner of Angling Unlimited. The Sitka-based outift was started by Ohaus some 30 years ago in Neah Bay in Washington State and moved northward

By Everett Potter Kayaks, glaciers, sea otters and remote cabins: let’s call it love at first sight. From the moment I spied Tutka Bay from the floatplane – those dark waters, pine clad islands, a backdrop of mountains and a glacier in the distance – it had me. The topography

Story & photos by Julie Snyder As if on cue, the glacier emitted a deep rumble and then calved an enormous slab of blue ice into the waters of Tracy Arm. We’d slowly dodged icebergs, bergy bits (small icebergs) and growlers (even smaller) for several hours before coming face to

  Story & photos By Melissa Coleman “Alaska, take back your winter,” has been a common complaint in the lower 48 this winter and last. “Gladly,” the snow-starved Alaskans reply. Winter, after all, is what Alaska is known for, and when much of the fun happens. Especially March. March is

The incredible team that puts together Everett Potter’s Travel Report every week is a well-traveled bunch. So asking our contributors about their favorite travel moment in 2013 produced joy, angst and lengthy answers, as well as the inevitable,  “Just one?” Herewith are some highlights from our travels in 2013. BRAZIL

Vacations by Rail, the Chicago-based travel company, has just announced a phenomenal 16-day vacation that combines train travel on arguably the best train in North America, Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer, with an Alaskan cruise on Holland America, ending with an Alaskan railroad jaunt from Anchorage to Denali National Park. Coined the Rocky