Trust a country that didn't allow television until 1999 to provide a portal into traditional Buddhist culture and unspoiled landscapes. But get there soon: Thanks to a new democracy, Bhutan is modernizing fast. Luckily, getting around has never been easier, and strict regulation keeps the hordes away. Mix and match these three adventures into a trip of a lifetime.
Discover Glacier's historic lodging.
Hike our quieter insider's variation on this classic route.
Discover your own private Rockies paradise.
Go high and wild in Europe's other Alps.
Claim an eagle's roost above Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Why should a backpacker want anything other than a tent? Michael Lanza can think of five good reasons.
Explore a new shelter system with old-school wild.
Dine lavishly in the homeland of huts.
Score iconic Kiwi scenery without lining up.
Explore the best of Yoho National Park.
Hike Yosemite's granite-rimmed loop.
Climb to a view over all of the Dolomites.
Get backcountry spoils--snorkel-deep pow on remote Rockies peaks--with frontcountry comforts (warm fire and hot toddies, anyone?) in this famed hut system. More than 350 miles of trails wind through prime winter terrain, connecting the 31 full-service cabins.
If the February '08 Backpacker article "Magnifique" inspired you to take a hut trip to France's Maritime Alps, here are ten lodging options.