Dan Hagen

I’m a guy from Chicago who travels as often as possible. It is my lifelong goal to see the world by train, foot, bicycle, and raft. I like open country roads, urban nightlife, good cuisine, local beer, alpine mountains, wild rivers, and lots of other badass shit. And I will write about it as often as I can.

Iceland 2017+

I returned at the end of the year in what became an insane emotional whirlwind of amazing places. Sigur Ros made me do it.
Part 5: Iceland in Full Circle
Part 6: Sigur Ros at the Harpa Concert Hall

Iceland 2017

An unforgettable wonderland of open roads, lava fields, waterfalls, fjords, and so much more.
Part 1: Jetlag in Reykjavik, Diving the Silfra Fissure
Part 2: The Ring Road, Rafting the East Glacier River
Part 3: Packrafting the Jökulsárlón Lagoon
Part 4: The Golden Circle

Return to the C&O Towpath

Last year I rode on the GAP and C&O bike trails from Pittsburgh to DC. I had to cut the trip short in Harpers Ferry because of Achilles problems. I went back recently to finish the ride. Read More

Cass Railroad and Green Bank Observatory

A weekend family trip to West Virginia to visit the space telescopes and ride the coal trains. Read More

Cave Kayaking in Belize

Exploring the river caves of the Mayan jungle. Read More

The Streets of Centro Havana

A weekend getaway exploring the old city. Read More

The Coast of Mexico

Back to coastal Yucatan for the cantinas and dive sites. I do it for the tortillas.
Diving MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art)
The Dos Ojos Cenotes

Dare to Do by Sarah Outen

My book review of an inspiring adventurer who circled the planet by bike, kayak, and rowboat. Read More

Denali National Park

Two weeks of adventure in the park that changed my life forever.
Part 1: The Alpenglow of Denali
Part 2: Cycling Petersville Road
Part 3: Flightseeing with K2 Aviation

The 450 Tour: Cycling the Highways of Alaska

My 450 mile bike tour from Seward to Valdez.
Part 1: The Seward Highway
Part 2: The Glenn Highway
Part 3: The Richardson Highway

Glacier Discovery by Packraft

A weekend packrafting trip on the Portage and Placer Rivers. Read More

The Shores of Kodiak Island

A rainy weekend cycling on the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. Read More

Parting Words on the Harding Icefield

The end of my Alaskan adventure on the edge of the Kenai Fjords National Park. Read More

Autumn on the C&O Towpath

Run a line. Take a swim. Get all out in it. Appalachia.
Rafting the Lower Yough
Cycling the C&O and Great Allegheny Passage

Harpers Ferry by Packraft

Late summer packrafting trip on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Read More

Paddling the Chicago River

An afternoon river trip through the urban canyon of Downtown Chicago. Read More

Nashvegas and Mammoth Cave

A Weekend in the Music City and Mammoth Cave National Park. Read More

The Street Art of Detroit

Last winter, I rented a cruiser bike from my hostel and went on a self-guided art tour of the Murals in the Market and Heidelberg Project. Read More

Happy Holidays From Mexico

Cave diving, Aztec ruins, cerveza, corn masa, wrestling, getting sick, losing and finding my own passport over Christmas and New Years. All worth it, of course.
Los Cenotes en la Riviera Maya
Lucha Libre Wrestling In Arena Mexico
Happy New Year from Mexico City

British Columbia

The final leg of my 2015 trip through the Canadian West. Read More

The Canadian Rockies

A 400k bicycle tour up the Icefields Parkway.
Part 1: Calgary to Canmore – A Shitty First Day
Part 2: The Columbia Icefield
Part 3: Descent to Jasper

The California Coast

LA, San Fran, and everything in between.
Asian Cuisine of Orange County
Highway 1 Timelapse – Morro Bay to Pacifica

Juneau, Alaska

A packrafting trip, brewery tour, and glacier hike all in one week.
Packrafting the Mendenhall River
An Alaskan Brewery Tour
Mendenhall Glacier Caves

The Greenbrier River Trail

An early summer bike loop along the Greenbrier River Valley. Read More

Alone in New Orleans

A decadent tour of the Crescent City. Read More

Dining in Montreal

Exploring Montreal’s dining scene in the dead of winter. Read More

Summer in Appalachia

Four weekends back to back in my home country.
Weekend 1: Cycling the Skyline Drive
Weekend 2: Return to the New River Gorge
Weekend 3: Bikerafting the Shenandoah
Weekend 4: Gauley Season!

Glacier National Park

Five hard days of cycling and rafting through Montana’s spectacular alpine countryside.
Cycling the Going To The Sun Road
APA Roundup: Packrafting the Flathead North Fork


Portland’s back yard is a fine place to ride. Read More

Packrafting the New River Gorge

A weekend packrafting trip on one of our continent’s most ancient of rivers. Read More

Skiing Whitefish, Montana

Three days of skiing the Big Mountain in January 2014. Read More

Summer Solstice in Alaska

Three bike tours in the summer of 2012. I can’t even begin to describe that wilderness.
Cycling Denali Under the Midnight Sun
Last Minute Century on the Glenn Highway
Downpour on the Kenai Peninsula
What should I do in Alaska, Dan Hagen?

My Last Visit To Hot Doug’s

Two weeks prior to its closing day, we braved a four hour line to Chicago’s most legendary gourmet sausage emporium. Read More

The East Race Waterway

Paddling a sweet artificial whitewater run in South Bend, Indiana. Read More

Cycling Maui

Ten days in Maui in August, 2013. I cycled around the island for the first six days, and spent the last four surfing, turtle watching, and drinking.
Day 1-3: Haleakala and West Maui Mountains
Day 4-5: The Road to Hana
Day 6-10: Upcountry and Kihei

Niagara by Jetboat

The only safe and legal way to see the river from the river. Read More


3 thoughts on “Dan Hagen

  1. Don Caterson

    Hey Dan. Finally got around to checking out your blog after talking to you on the eastbound Empire Builder back in July. Very cool. Thanks for sharing your experiences.


  2. Tom Pike

    I enjoyed reading about your packrafting adventure on the New River and I have been interested in getting a packraft ever since I saw the Andrew Skurka Nat Geo video. Could you please share with me what kind of packraft you used on the New River? Are there any newer models you would recommend?
    Thank You


    1. danhag3n Post author

      Thanks Tom. I got the Alpacka Llama. The only problem with it is the spray deck doesn’t keep all the water out, so in big rapids it can swamp a few inches and slow me down. I would suggest getting it either with a whitewater spray skirt fit or self-bailing floor. I’m going to retro mine eventually. Join the Packrafters Liberation Front on Facebook for a lot of good shop talk.



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