A feeling of remoteness lends charm to the California ski town of Mammoth Lakes. But the town government and corporate investors want to spend nearly one billion dollars (U.S.) to turn the place into an international resort destination to rival Aspen, Vail, and Whistler.
Every year there are a half billion visits to America's national parks and forests. Tourists provide 78 percent of the national forest's contribution to the economy. That's why the government's Healthy Forests Initiative is being considered, although environmentalists decry it as bad policy for the National Forests.
The Greek government has decided to build an Olympic rowing center on the ancient Athenian battle site of Marathon in the western Schinias marsh. Conservation groups are fighting for the protection of the site before the 2004 Olympics in Athens kick off.
Princess Royal has not attracted much casual travel. But operators have started summer tours to the remote Canadian island, and several thousand potential visitors go by on Alaska cruise liners. Day tourists seeking a glimpse of the rare "spirit bear" could soon be disturbing stream valleys and sacred traditional sites.
North Carolina's Outer Banksthat thin, 300-mile-long thread of beaches that forms the world's longest system of barrier islandsillustrates the extremes, from the sprawling hodgepodge of Kitty Hawk to the still-quiet charm of Ocracoke. This is the online debut of a weekly column on sustainable tourism and destination stewardship by National Geographic Traveler Geotourism Editor Jonathan B. Tourtellot.