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Alaska: Into the Last Frontier

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.
Text by Bonnie Tsui

Alaska  |  California  |  Canada  |  Hawaii

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This year the Nature Conservancy has partnered with outfitter Abercrombie & Kent to lead visitors to Earth's most endangered landscapes. First stop in 2008: Alaska. "With shifting seasons and thinner ice, both wildlife and native people face uncertain futures," says Sarah Leonard, associate director of philanthropy of the Nature Conservancy's Alaska branch. "Guests see firsthand how the conservancy is studying the susceptibility and adaptability of key species and identifying solutions that may offer them—and, ultimately, native Alaskan people—hope for long-term survival." Tripgoers travel in the intimate Abercrombie & Kent way: private flights across Cook Inlet and luxury lodges in secluded locations on Prince of Wales Island and Redoubt Bay, a prime location for bear-watching and a critical habitat area for resident and migratory birds. Guided kayak and hiking trips are accompanied by Nature Conservancy staffers, who muse on the complicated task of preserving some of the country's last true wilderness. The trip's signature day starts with an expedition into the Matanuska-Susitna Valley's dazzling range of icy lakes, salmon-filled rivers, wetlands, tundra, boreal forest, and mountains, and ends with a bush-flight landing on one of three glaciers. In the evening guests dine with the Nature Conservancy's Alaska program leaders on a menu befitting the top-rated luxury outfitter (pan-seared sea scallops) and discuss how melting sea ice and eroding coastlines are affecting Alaska's communities. Seven percent of your trip costs go directly to on-the-ground conservation in Alaska.


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