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Brilliant ice blue glaciers, wildlife, remote wilderness and unique native cultures are just some of the unforgettable memories that ‘Alaska, the Last Frontier’, the largest state in the USA, has to offer. Data detoxes are common here, and there’s often more wildlife than mobile coverage; those with a keen eye will spot wolves, bison and bears, amongst others. You'll need plenty of curiosity to conquer this beast, and a thirst for all things pure and simple. But with such an epic landscape, comes an equally epic adventure.
Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, is a city that maintains the perfect mix of stunning natural environment and metropolitan buzz. A short plane ride opens up the possibility of almost any kind of adventure. Explore national parks, join a bear-watching expedition, or simply wander the streets for a slice of local life.
Fairbanks is one of Alaska’s best year-round destinations – 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. Don’t forget to head along to watch the dog mushing in the winter and have a go yourself.
One of Alaska’s most popular destinations is a two hour drive from Fairbanks or a four hour drive from Anchorage. Denali, at 6190 metres, dominates the park and on a clear day you can get that iconic mountain photo. The terrain includes crystal clear rivers, lakes and alpine meadows. To access the interior of the park you need to hop on the shuttle and if you’re lucky you might spot some wildlife such as bears and moose.
From the state capital of Juneau, the quaint towns of Ketchikan and Skagway to the mighty Mendenhall Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay National Park you’ll soon understand why this part of Alaska is the most visited. The towns of Juneau and Skagway are built at the head of ancient glacial valleys and Ketchikan has so little ground that entire streets are built on docks over the water.
Few places on earth compare with the wonders of Southwest Alaska. View brown bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon on Kodiak Island in the Southwest region. This is an area where you get to see changing landscapes of volcanic terrain in the Katmai National Park through to the windy grasslands of the Aleutian Islands.
Home to Anchorage and over half of Alaska’s population, this is a playground of activities from world-class fishing to hiking and wildlife viewing. Anchorage sits in a ‘bowl’ bordered by the Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains. To the east lie Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta and many species of wildlife, marine life, birds and fish find the climate of the region welcoming.
The Interior of Alaska is a region of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes and includes Fairbanks and Denali National Park. As far as the eye can see, there are wide expanses of tundra and forests teeming with wildlife. The summer’s midnight sun and the winter’s northern lights are all part of the picture. The Interior is the original home of Alaska’s Athabascan people and gold miners and fur trappers later discovered the riches of this region.
Vast and remote, crossing the Arctic Circle is what the Far North is all about. Pristine wilderness areas cover a landscape ranging from coastal plains to mountain ranges. Ceremonies and
traditions of the native culture can be seen at Alaska’s largest Eskimo village in Barrow. Try your
luck panning for gold on the edge of the Bering Sea at Nome.
Experiencing the amazing Aurora Borealis is a must! These giant electrical storms are formed by solar flares from the sun reacting with the earth’s magnetic field. This causes brilliant displays of light flashing dramatically across the sky.
Keep your camera at the ready for bears, humpback whales, sea lions, otters, moose and more. When driving, watch for vehicles stopped on the side of the road – it often means that people are watching wildlife!
Connecting many of Alaska’s popular destinations: Anchorage, Seward, Talkeetna, Fairbanks, and of course Denali National Park. With five routes to choose from, you’ll see everything from expansive alpine forests, pristine river valleys to dramatic coastlines.
It’s been part of life in Alaska since its earliest days. Despite the great distances between some rural communities, travelling by dog team is often still the best way to get around.
Gain an understanding of the different traditions and languages that make up Alaska. See artist demonstrations, music and dance performances and other talks on the indigenous culture in Alaska.
Discovered in 1905 these hot springs just outside of Fairbanks are a great place to unwind in beautiful surroundings. There are several indoor and outdoor tubs, Jacuzzis and outdoor artificial lake that provides a wonderful vantage point for watching northern lights in winter.
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