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Video Of The Day: Midnight Sun Shines In Iceland

May 7th, 2012 at 6:00PM: The "midnight sun" is a natural phenomenon occurring north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle when the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day. Since there are no permanent human settlements south of the Antarctic Circle, countries and territories that experience the midnight sun are limited to those crossed by the Arctic Circle, including Canada,...

Summer Hotspot: Anchorage, Alaska

Summer Hotspot: Anchorage, Alaska Apr 9th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Summer months in North America open up a whole realm of possibilities for travel into higher latitudes. As the deep frost starts to fade and the rivers pick up speed, Alaska turns into a beautiful respite from the sultry weather in the contiguous 48 states. Pick any reason to make the journey. The Pacific Northwest air that blankets all of southern Alaska is crisp and clean, a noticeable...

Tsunami powered ghost ship closes in on Canadian shores

Tsunami powered ghost ship closes in on Canadian shores Mar 27th, 2012 at 3:00PM: When last year's earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, the destruction of property and disruption to travel plans were immediate. Minor quakes after the initial tremor did little more damage. But a Japanese squid-fishing boat has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean all year and is now closing in on British Columbia's north coast. "It's been drifting across the Pacific for a year,...

New tour combines flightseeing, kayaking and bear viewing on Alaska's Admiralty Island

New tour combines flightseeing, kayaking and bear viewing on Alaska's Admiralty Island Mar 22nd, 2012 at 3:00PM: Watch Inside the Fortress on PBS. See more from Nature. The United States Forest Service recently awarded Above & Beyond Alaska a 10-year permit to operate guided day trips by kayak around Admiralty Island, a highly protected area where an estimated 1,800 brown bears -- the largest concentration in the world -- roam free. In fact, Admiralty Island has more brown bears than all the lower...

25-year-old Dallas Seavey wins 2012 Iditarod

25-year-old Dallas Seavey wins 2012 Iditarod Mar 14th, 2012 at 7:00PM: The 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race came to an exciting end Tuesday evening when 25-year-old Dallas Seavey claimed victory in the 1000-mile race. By crossing the finish line first, he also became the youngest person to ever win the event. Held annually in Alaska, the Iditarod has become the state's most popular sporting event. The racers, along with their teams of powerful dogs, begin the...

The 2012 Iditarod sled dog race begins today!

The 2012 Iditarod sled dog race begins today! Mar 3rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: The 2012 Iditarod sled dog race gets underway this morning with the ceremonial start taking place on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. The annual event, dubbed the "Last Great Race," pits some of the best mushers in the world against one another on a course that stretches for nearly a thousand miles across remote wilderness before eventually ending in Nome. This morning the 66 men and women who...

Traveling turtle finds new home in Arizona

Traveling turtle finds new home in Arizona Feb 21st, 2012 at 3:30PM: Green Sea Turtles travel great distances in their lifetime with a range that reaches as far north as the southern coast of Alaska and as far south as Chile. In the water. On land is an unlikely place to find a sea turtle but this week one will settle into her new permanent home at the Sea Life aquarium in Tempe, Arizona. The green sea turtle, Ziva, sustained serious injuries after being struck...

Gorgeous time lapse of Australia's "Southern Lights"

Feb 10th, 2012 at 10:30AM: It's been a lifelong dream of mine to see the Northern Lights, that glorious display of eerie green "smoke" that appears to float above the nighttime sky of some of the furthest northern reaches of our globe. But now I have another sight to add to that list: the Southern Lights. Also know as "Aurora Australis", it's the southern hemisphere equivalent of the auroras that occur up north,...

Video: Yukon Quest 2012 gets started

Feb 7th, 2012 at 2:30PM: This past weekend saw the kickoff of one of the year's biggest sporting events. No, not the Super Bowl. The 2012 Yukon Quest began. What is Yukon Quest? It's just your run-of-the-mill 1,000 mile dog sled race from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. It follows the trail that prospectors took during the gold rush of the 1890s and celebrate the Yukon River, the "highway of...

Meet the coldest cities in America

Meet the coldest cities in America Jan 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Feeling chilly? Chances are, if you're not a resident of the following five cities, you really don't have it that bad. The Weather Channel recently released a list of the coldest cities in America, according to NOAA National Climatic Data Center average annual temperature data from the last 30 years. Caribou, Maine, came in fifth on the list. Dubbed the "Most Northeastern City in America",...

Lost on the trail? Satellite tracking system can help

Lost on the trail?  Satellite tracking system can help Jan 24th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Getting lost on the trail, injured during a climb or into some other unplanned situation can make a great day a lousy one really fast. Adventure travel often takes us to remote places and when accidents happen there might not be a 911 to call or close-by hospital to visit. On their own, travelers often have to make do with the resources at hand. Prepared for anything, some travelers pack...

Video: skiing and snowboarding from the summit of Denali

Dec 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: What does it take to ski Denali, North America's' tallest mountain? In addition to a large, metaphorical pair of cojones, which all of the men and women of this film possess, it takes sheer endurance and will to want to climb 20,320 feet just to ski right back down. The Denali Experiment is a 15-minute film that follows a band of some of the world's best skiers and snowboarders on their...

Bound South: 3 brothers cycle from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for charity

Bound South: 3 brothers cycle from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for charity Nov 26th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Every once in awhile, I read something really inspirational that makes me see the real potential of society. After learning about the Berg brother's bike ride from Anchorage, Alaska, to Patagonia in Argentina, to raise money to build a house for the Lake Agassiz Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, I knew it was one of those times. Since August 11, 2011, Nathan Berg, 24, Isaiah Berg, 22, and David...

Denali sled dog pups on national park's webcam

Denali sled dog pups on national park's webcam Sep 24th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Denali National Park, located in the stunning wilds of Alaska, is amongst the more remote and beautiful destinations in the entire U.S. park system. It is well known for its array of wildlife, a single 91-mile scenic road, and as the location of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. What many visitors don't know however, is that the park has its own dog kennel, which is home to a...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Alaska volcano has airlines preparing for travel chaos

Alaska volcano has airlines preparing for travel chaos Jul 26th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Using satellite imagery, scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) have determined that Alaska's Cleveland volcano may be ready to erupt and have issued a code yellow eruption advisory. Airlines that operate in the area are paying close attention because the Cleveland Volcano is located directly below the commercial airline flight path between Asia and North America. The significant...

Heat "dome" descends on mid atlantic region: what are the coolest places to visit this summer?

Heat Jul 21st, 2011 at 11:00AM: What's hot for summer? Well, everywhere. The predicted heat index for Friday in Washington, D.C. is a miserable 116 degrees. According to ABC News, 22 people have already died as a result of this natural phenomenon and this temperature spike could last weeks. Sitting in the air conditioning all summer just won't do. Thankfully for us, the folks over at have come up...

Cruise line granted access to protected Alaska park

Cruise line granted access to protected Alaska park Jul 10th, 2011 at 10:16AM: American Cruise Lines operates a fleet of small ships and offers more than 25 unique itineraries along the inland waterways and rivers of the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River System and East Coast of the United States. This week the line announced that it has been awarded a contract to enter Glacier Bay National Park making it the newest cruise line granted access and one of only a few...

New study finds national parks at risk

New study finds national parks at risk Jun 29th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The National Parks Conservation Association released a comprehensive report yesterday that paints a grim picture for the future of the national parks in the U.S. The report, which is entitled "The State of America's National Parks," examines a number of economic and environmental threats to the parks and is the result of more than a decade of research. The non-profit NPCA also calls on the Obama...

Alaska's ports of entry undergo major facelifts

Alaska's ports of entry undergo major facelifts Jun 7th, 2011 at 5:30PM: Visitors returning to Alaska will notice some major changes at several airports across the state. Terminals in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks have undergone some dramatic changes recently that should make traveling through the major ports of entry go more smoothly. The Juneau International Airport in the state capital has a newly renovated terminal with higher ceilings, more windows,...

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