Get Inspired / Canada & Alaska / Alaska Glaciers, Bears & the Northern Lights: Exploring Alaska Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Canada & Alaska / Alaska Glaciers, Bears & the Northern Lights: Exploring Alaska story by: Inspire Magazine Alaska is a destination you need to add to your bucket list, stat. This incredibly vast state has a diverse array of scenery like nowhere else in the world. The sights of Alaska will truly take your breath away. THE AMAZING LANDSCAPES OF ALASKA With Alaska being a fifth of the USA's total land area, you’ll want to set aside plenty of time to explore some of the 15 national parks and regions. For starters, head to Glacier Bay National Park where you can cruise through icy waters looking out at massive formations of tidal glaciers and striking silhouettes of icebergs. Then there’s Denali National Park, with Mt McKinley, North America’s highest peak, dominating the skyline. It’s also home to a huge array of animals including the famous four: moose, caribou, wolf and bears. SIGHT THE ABUNDANCE OF WILDLIFE You can't take a trip to Alaska without capturing its diverse wildlife. Look out for bears trawling the beaches for barnacles or fishing for treats at the riverbank. Spot frolicking humpback whales and catch sight of sea lions and gorgeous otters. And be sure to keep your eye out for the elegant moose! ADVENTURES IN ANCHORAGE AND FAIRBANKS Anchorage is a city that maintains the perfect mix of stunning natural environment and metropolitan buzz. Explore national parks, join a bear-watching expedition, or simply wander the streets for a slice of local life. Fairbanks is also worth a visit. In the summer, the sun is up for almost 24 hours! Pan for gold in the local rivers or check out the Indigenous Inuit history and culture of Alaska in the museums and galleries of art and artefacts. BRIGHT NIGHTS WITH THE NORTHERN LIGHTS We forbid you to miss the Northern Lights! Also known as Aurora Borealis, you can see this amazing phenomenon of coloured lights dancing through the skies. The best time to see them is between late September to March, from late evening until early morning. To make the experience extra special, head out on an overnight dog sled trip, cabin retreat or horse-drawn sleigh. WEATHER METER June and August are usually the warmest months, but it can still get chilly. The winter period, from November - March, can be extremely cold. May tends to be the driest month, and September is the rainiest - so plan your adventures accordingly! Click here to see all Inspire North America articles. Click here for HOT Alaska Deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The beginner’s guide to river cruising Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - Make 2016 Your Year Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.