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Glaciers, Bears & the Northern Lights: Exploring Alaska

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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!

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