The couple, fresh off a remote Alaskan getaway, recognized the importance of taking a step out of the spotlight.

By Sarah Schreiber
November 09, 2018
Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Considering how popular NBC's hit series This Is Us has become, it's not surprising that Justin Hartley (who plays Kevin Pearson in the show) is used to being recognized in public. While that's all well and good for the actor's professional life, it's not always great for his marriage-which is exactly why he and his wife of one year, Chrishell Strause, like to plan vacations to destinations where he won't be recognized or asked for an autograph.

For the newlyweds, that most recent remote spot was St. Elias National Park in Wrangell, Alaska, where very few people knew of This Is Us' notoriety. "I like the idea of going somewhere where maybe they haven't heard of This Is Us," the actor told People. "You can kind of have anonymity and move around people like a regular person." As for their Alaskan date nights? Their excursions included camping for the first time, hiking up a glacier, flying a sea plane, and even experiencing a grizzly bear first-hand.

The Hartley's adventures, which were captured in the above video the star made in partnership with Columbia Sportswear, are decidedly out of their comfort zone-but they've enjoyed taking on new experiences together, the actor added. "In every single way it pushed us," he explained. "But it was well worth it and I would do it again. We're very lucky that we get to travel a lot, go to different places, and experience amazing things together."

One of Hartley's biggest takeaways from the trip was learning the importance of unplugging to improve quality time with his wife: "There's no, 'man I'm getting on your nerves, why don't you go stare at Instagram for a couple days.' You can bring a book, but that's about it. You're kind of stuck with each other, and we're lucky that it worked out."


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