Big landscapes and intimate lodges on New Zealand's South Island.
Skiing the West
Notes on mountains of soul-stirring beauty.
How one young family took a historic but dilapidated Wyoming guest ranch, made it their own, and now invite you to visit.
A World Away
Expedition cruising takes a turn for the luxe on a journey through Melanesia.
Life is busy but rivers are long, which makes them ideal for friends and family bonding.
In Italy’s boot heel, a coastal escape that’s long on allure and short on crowds.
In this storied Himalayan kingdom, travelers find serpentine roads, ancient Buddhist traditions, crimson robed monks, and, yes, rack of lamb with arugula for dinner.
On board a vintage sailing yacht, a Mediterranean voyage through Greece and Turkey turns back time - and turns heads.
Wilder and Wilder
Nothing really prepares you for your first day in the Great Bear Rainforest. It’s one of the planet’s last great expanses of coastal temperate rain forest, a place where you can still find salmon, wolves, eagles, grizzlies, and even the rare Kermode — or spirit — bear.
The New China
A trip up or down the Yangtze means you see the economic tsunami that is China floating by.
Rwanda: Out of the Mist
Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was 100 percent alpha male. His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.
Islandwood: An Outdoor Classroom for Kids
When Seattle’s Debbi and Paul Brainerd went looking for a weekend place on nearby Bainbridge Island, they heard that 1,100 acres of forest were being sold off in 20-acre lots. Instead of scoping out favorite parcels, Debbi decided that they should build a school in the woods for kids who rarely had a chance to leave the city.
A private villa in Umbria, a Roman shopping spree, and the crucial element: friends who make the most of it all. No one checked e-mail. Everyone slept in, steeped in sensuous well-being and dolce far niente.
Three generations take to the Colorado River for an awe-inspiring trip through the Grand Canyon.
Breaking the Ice
The wind was the distillation of cold itself. It shrieked down the ice-covered basalt cliffs, ripped across the bay, and shredded the rocky spit where I stood with a dozen other red-parka-clad travelers. Moments before, a Zodiac had dropped us off for a rare landing at Antarctica’s Elephant Island. We’d scrambled ashore, thrilled to set foot upon the aptly named Point Wild, the legendary beach where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition had survived – on penguins and seals – for an unthinkable 137 days.
Where the Big River Gets Lost
We are scared to death of getting sucked under a big tow, but at the same time, it is exhilarating. Fighting our way across the dark river beneath a black sky feels like paddling through the night itself.