Introducing The Bush
In a state where unbounded wilderness is the norm, the Bush is like the frontier on the frontier. Towns and townly comforts are few, roads are fewer, and most of the region is accessible only by flying, floating or walking in. Yes, it takes effort to reach the ends of the earth, but the rewards are equal to the task.
In western Alaska, you can head out on extended hikes or wilderness paddles, swagger through Nome’s gold-rush saloons or fly into isolated Native villages to meet the people who thrive year-round in this formidable landscape. In Arctic Alaska, explore the mythical vastness of preserves like Gates of the Arctic National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here the mandate is ‘self-discovery,’ which may be as much about teaching us our physical limits as about our puny insignificance in the grand scale of nature.