Getting Away from It All in Alaska: Flying in a Bush Plane from Anchorage to be Dropped at a Wilderness Lake. Ketchum Air flew me for an hour to Trail Lake and left me there.
Beauty of nature in a high-desert setting and diverse outdoor sports attract visitors to the Bend region of Central Oregon.
Nothing captures the magic of Alaska better than the adventure of flying across the vast wilderness in a small bush airplane. Consider flying Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass in Gate of the Arctic, plus Denali National Park around Mt. McKinley, and then with Ketchum Air to remote fishing lakes near Anchorage.
Though the Grand Canyon of the Colorado is the best known "canyon" in the U.S., it is not actually the deepest. That honor falls to spectacular, 7,900-foot Hells Canyon on the Snake River of Idaho.
A major monumental sculpture to the horse, occupying a significant place on the American artistic landscape, can be seen at a remote location--Ruidoso, New Mexico.
The Pony Express Trail National Back Country Byway, southwest of Salt Lake, causes a traveler to ponder what life was like for those legendary Pony Express Riders, icons of the American experience.
The Phoenix/Scottsdale and Flagstaff regions, so rich in mountains and natural beauty, might be seen as "islands in the sky."
Grizzly or brown bear viewing takes place at Alaska Bear Viewing Camp at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. This was formerly Wayne Beyers' homestead.
Hawaii's undeveloped island of Molokai offers a mule ride down to the leper colony, where Father Damien de Veuster helped the lepers at Kalawao and the St. Philomena Church. and at Kalaupappa. Hike also up the Halawa Valley to see historic plantings of taro. The locals gather at Hotel Molokai for Kapuna night, strumming their ukuleles.
For Hawaii, a guidebook to the ancient historical sites on Oahu and an outstanding naturalist-hiking program on Maui are the treasures.
Outdoor travel adventures possible near Las Vegas include visits to Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Park, Valley of Fire Park, and the Overton Lost City Museum.
King Kamehameha favored the sunny west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona and Kohala Coast.
From Portland, an exploration of the Columbia River offers you Astoria, Fort Clatsop, Multnomah Falls, and the Bonneville Dam.
Hawaii's aloha spirit begins on the island of Oahu. Most travelers land in Honolulu, and hopefully will experience Waikiki Beach, the Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha statue, the Hawaii Maritime Museum, Hokulea ship, Falls of Clyde ship, catamaran boats, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head, Queen Emma's Summer Palace, Senator Fong's Plantation and Garden, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and other great cultural resources.
New Mexico's Indians hold a special fascination for travelers, even to this day. And well they might, for the Indians themselves strive to be sovereign people.
Washington State's Olympic National Park appeals to travelers because of its majestic mountain Mt. Olympus, its rain forests including the Hoh Queets and Quinalt , its rugged coastline with beaches such as Rialto Beach, and over 600 miles of hiking trails. Circle Mt. Olympus and Hurricane Ridge and visit Sequim, Winslow, the Scandinavian towns of Poulsbo, the historic lumber community of Port Gamble, the lovely Victorian legacy of Port Townsend, and the Makah Indian Museum at Neah Bay, Diversions to consider include the Kemper Brewery, an example of micro breweries, and the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, as well as the state capital in Olympia.
Few travel destinations boast as ambitious a traditional slogan as Maui, Hawaii. The phrase, in Hawaiian, is "Maui No Ka Oi," meaning "Maui is the best."
When visiting Hilo, Hawaii, make the Lyman Museum your first stop to comprehend the joy of nature and pageant of human migration that is Hawaii.
Crater Lake National Park might be called the tour-de -orce national park. It is Oregon's great one-act play, a volcanic crater left over from a major eruption.
Portland appeals because of its small-town but cosmopolitan aura, the friendliness of the citizenry, its lovely hillside parks, and its sweeping sense of history, starting with Lewis and Clark.
I decided to take my family of five in an RV from our home near San Francisco out to see Salt Lake and the five National Parks of Utah, plus Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
What do the Hawaiian Islands offer beyond beaches and sun? Well, there's plenty of history and culture.
On Hawaii's Big Island a traveler can see ongoing volcanic eruption of the Kilauea Volcano. The sight occurs from a ledge adjacent to the Jaggar Museum. Few places on earth offer the traveler such a presentation of this major geological phenomenon.
A kind of travel, which might be called "comfortable soft adventure" or "luxury adventure," has become the style of choice for an increasing number of travelers. Hawaii's island of Kauai is one of the better places on earth to experience this phenomenon.
From my tent on Growler Island in Prince William Sound I gazed at vast expanses of the Alaska wilderness. Prince William Sound offers a visitor the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Captain Stan Stephen's Cruises, Bligh Reef, Cordova, Eyak Indians, clear cuts, salmon, halibut, Valdez, Glacier Island, and zodiac boats.