Alaska is unique in the world; a vast, wild place which should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. The natural beauty, adventure activities, wildlife viewing and fascinating history are big draws for visitors. You can't get away from breathtaking scenery here. There's something spectacular at every turn!
Often called the Last Frontier, Alaska makes an exciting destination. The many unique opportunities found in the 49th State will create an unforgettable vacation experience.
From cruising to organized land tours or independent exploration, there are many ways to enjoy everything Alaska has to offer.
Get up close to Alaska's glaciers. There are an estimated 100,000 glaciers in the state and observing them is certainly a highlight of any visit. It's a thrill to watch and listen as they creak and groan before a huge piece falls into the sea with a giant roar. You'll see at least one tidewater glacier during your Alaska cruise when ships sail as close as possible to the walls of ice giving you a spectacular view. Glaciers can be seen from land as well. Juneau's massive Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible on the edge of town while remote Kennicott sits right on the edge of a glacier! It is situated in magnificent Wrangell-St Elias, the largest National Park in North America, home to several mountain ranges and numerous glaciers.
You're never far from the wilderness wherever you go so get out and enjoy nature at its finest and some of the world's most breathtaking scenery. Adventure activities abound. This is an excellent place to hike and with a knowledgeable local guide, you'll learn all about natural Alaska.
There are numerous protected areas and National Parks to discover. Denali National Park and Preserve north of Anchorage is the largest protected ecosystem in the world and home to North America's highest mountain, Mt. McKinley (Denali). Around 400,000 people visit the part each year for unsurpassed hiking, camping, rafting, backcountry travel, fishing,and wildlife viewing.
Flightseeing by fixed wing aircraft or helicopter gives you the best view of Alaska's mountainous terrain. Some flights touch down on a glacier where you can enjoy a hike or visit a dog sled camp.
Enjoy an authentic Alaskan salmon bake in the open air and don't forget to try the best crab cakes anywhere, watch native craftsmen carve giant totem poles, observe bears in their natural habitat or whales at play, learn about the Russian history of Sitka and relax and take in the spectacular scenery. There's a range of experiences waiting for you in Alaska you certainly won't want to miss!
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