When it comes to Alaska they don’t do things in small measures. With epic wildlife, gigantic glaciers and huge mountains the incredible landscape is like no other. And with almost 20 hours of sunlight a day you’ll get the chance to explore it all while you’re there.
Situated in the extreme north west of North America, it’s the largest state of America but the least densely populated, meaning you won’t have much competition when exploring its natural beauty. The pure and natural wilderness for you to play in is the number one selling point and you can climb rock-faces, canoe on winding rivers, trek across a glacier or simply relax and take in the freshest fresh air on the planet.
The great outdoors
No matter what time of year you choose to visit, there will be something to see and do. Mt McKinley is the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet and from the top you get a jaw dropping view of Wonder Lake. Nowhere in the world is it easier to scale a previously unclimbed mountain, walk where nobody has walked before or visit a National Park that gets fewer visitors than the International Space Station. Denali National Park is the pick of the options, with over 12,000 lakes and 18,000 miles of streams for you to explore on foot or from the air. All Alaska hotels are geared up to getting you out into the country and they can book you onto hiking tours, wildlife trips and kayaking adventures.
Meet the people
Alaska is all about getting off the beaten path and there is no better way of exploring the country than by meeting the people. The tiny village of Chitina is made up of just a handful of subsistence-hunting locals who will show you an ancient way of life. If you end up in Nome, you’ll find a collection of dreamers and wanderers in search of mythical gold. If you’re not careful you’ll be so enamoured by their laidback style of life that you may never leave.
Meet the real locals
When it comes to Alaska, the real locals roam the vast openness of the country in search of their next meal. Pay a visit in July and you’ll get the very special chance to watch the giant brown bears attempt to catch the fast moving salmon and around November time the bald eagles gather at the Chilkat River in Haines. Head out into the backcountry in a bush plane and you can see oxen, grey wolves, enormous bears and magnificent moose all in their natural habitat – it’s a truly special experience.
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