A pristine wilderness, breathtakingly beautiful, the Great Land; these accurate descriptions reveal the magnificence of Alaska.  This is a must see destination for those wanting to experience the majesty of nature.

It's what Alaska is all about - getting out of town and experiencing nature. This great wilderness provides a playground for adventurers of all levels and interests. Zipline through the rain forest, kayak on a glacial lake, hike across the tundra or on a glacier, go whale watching, bear watching or dog sledding; just some of the mouth-watering adventure activities  you can enjoy while surrounded by spectacular natural beauty.

Alaska is one of the best places in the world for observing glaciers in action. The ice age is still active here with an estimated 100,000 glaciers across the state. Watch the ice calving from the deck of your cruise ship which takes you close in, see mighty Mendenhall Glacier at Juneau from the informative visitor's center or enjoy a helicopter flightseeing tour to see the vastness of the ice fields. You can actually land on a glacier for a hike or to visit a dog sled camp.

These are activities the entire family can enjoy, which makes Alaska a great destination for your summer family vacation. For more, see this month's Travel Style article.

Be amazed by the White Pass and Yukon Route railway from Skagway, one of the world's most scenic railways and a recognized engineering landmark. It clings to the mountainside and crosses massive trestle bridges as it winds its way along the famous Trail of '98.

Discover Alaska's history and culture along the way, from the sights of Russian Sitka to the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. Stroll through the past in Skagway's Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park with its boardwalk, historic buildings, gold rush cemetery and museums.

There's so much to see and enjoy. With many towns only accessible by air or sea, most visitors arrive by cruise ship. On an Alaska cruise you are surrounded by the natural beauty of this incomparable state and you'll visit several ports and glaciers on your itinerary.

Sounds like a great idea place for your next summer vacation doesn't it? Whether you have been before or it's your first time, a visit to Alaska is always a rejuvenating and enriching experience you won't want to miss.

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