Ambassadors in Alaska (Travel + Leisure)


37 Ambassadors (but call them "your excellencies") representing countries all around the globe, slangin' diplomacy along Embassy Row in Washington, DC, were flown far, far away to Alaska, that sweet parcel of American-Arctic land, for a premium U.S. State Department program called "Experience America".

The program is a Diplomatic take on Burning Man, designed to "get diplomats outside the beltway to see what America is really like" via a three-day, all-out, no-holds-barred, wear-all-your-furs extravaganza of premiere tourism, replete with sights, galas, luncheons, tribal dancing, wilderness tours, and a once-in-a-lifetime flight on a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft to the North Slope oil fields (including a fly-over of Mt. McKinley, North America's tallest peak) near Barrow, Alaska.


These are some photos I managed to take for T+L, when not eating copious amounts of Alaskan Salmon or talking to Ambassador of Russia (yes, Sergey Kislyak) about his Soviet-made Nikon lenses.