Travelers seeking discount lodging off the beaten path can find it at its most rugged in Alaska, thanks to an increasing number of hosts offering everything from backcountry yurts to cabins, even a tent in Northwest Alaska.
When the first gray whale breached, it caught many of us off guard. My 10-year-old pointed toward the stern, mouth hanging open, as again and again the gray whale presented us with an impressive display of marine mammal athleticism. The atmosphere was electric after that. Erin Kirkland