Experience Alaska's most beautiful National Parks
Starting at the corner of Gambell St and 10th Ave in Anchorage, Seward Hwy parallels the Alaska Railroad south 127 miles to Seward.
South of Seward is Kenai Fjords National Park.
Alaska – so raw, vast, and far-out it may as well be its very own planet. This adventure lets hardy travellers explore an exotic foreign world without ever leaving Earth, affording visitors a hands-on appreciation for the land (and sea and air) via kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and wildlife-spotting.
For many visitors, Fairbanks' primary pulling power lies in a natural phenomenon: the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights. As solar winds flow across the earth's upper atmosphere, they hit gas molecules which light up, much like the high-vacuum electrical discharge of a neon sign.
This breathtaking wilderness area, which includes North America’s highest mountain, attracts a million visitors a year.
Soak up the beauty of the USA’s frontier state, a wilderness playground that abounds with towering glaciers, emerald green forests and unique wildlife. Get up close and personal with some classic Alaskan Highlights, from soaring peaks, crumbling icebergs and massive national parks to modern cities, gold rush towns and remote highways.
The Alaska Marine Highway connects Bellingham, WA, with 14 towns in Southeast Alaska and is a very popular way to travel to this roadless region, with calls on the main towns almost daily in summer. The complete trip (Bellingham-Haines; $353, 3½ days) stops at ports along the way and should be scheduled in advance.
More than just Anchorage’s favorite meat market, ‘Koots,’ as the locals call it, is a landmark. The sprawling, wooden edifice has 22 beers on tap, 10 bars, four dancefloors and a couple of stages where almost every band touring Alaska ends up. Its newest addition is a replica of the legendary Bird House.
Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 4.5-hour cruise in the waters surrounding Juneau. Then, visit the stunning Mendenhall Glacier for an unforgettable tour.
The most popular tours in Juneau are flightseeing, glacier viewing and salmon bakes and a trip to this historic camp combines all three. You reach it via a floatplane that includes flying across a half-dozen glaciers. At the log lodge you enjoy an incredible meal of wild salmon to the view of Taku Glacier.
Offers the best tour: the three-hour Summit Excursion climbs the high White Pass in a historic narrow-gauge train.
To experience Alaska Native culture firsthand, you can travel to the Bush or come to this 26-acre center and see how humans survived – and thrived – before central heating. The main building houses meandering exhibits on traditional arts and sciences – including kayaks and rain gear that rival outdoors department store REI’s best offerings.