Spotlight: Alaska


Alaska is the best of both worlds, bustling city life and easy access to miles of untouched wilderness. The state is broken up into five regions, each with its own distinct draw. The regions are: Southcentral, Interior, Arctic, Inside Passage and Southwest. The Last Frontier is known for its wildlife both on land and at sea, and its pioneer spirit. It is also home to North America's tallest peak, Denali, and over 100,000 glaciers. The summers signal the return of midnight sun and the winters are filled with picturesque snowy scenes and unobstructed skies for a chance to view the northern lights.


At-A-Glance

Nickname:
The Last Frontier

Major airports:
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
Juneau International Airport (JNU)

Weather:
Spring: -1°C to 4°C
Summer: 15°C to 26°C
Autumn: 4°C to 10°C
Winter: -17°C to -6°C

Timezone:
Alaska Time Zone (-9 hours GMT)

Region:
Pacific

Getting around

Getting around Alaska is easy, with options for travel that take navigating out of visitors' hands and allows for visitors to enjoy the views. The state runs a ferry service between coastal communities in the Inside Passage, Southcentral and Southwest Alaska, letting passengers enjoy the beauty of Alaska's waters. The Alaska Railroad whisks passengers north to the Interior through Alaska backcountry and along the coast of Southcentral Alaska. Flightseeing is also a popular way to get around and can be used as transportation across the state. Traveling by car or RV is another popular way to explore the state.

New & Trending

For the first time in 2018, Alaska Adventure Travel offers an inside look at Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Guests will join guides on once-in-a-lifetime expeditions like the three-day walrus viewing tour, which brings guests to remote beaches to witness male walruses congregate in what's known as a haul-out.

Restaurants utilising locally sourced ingredients is a big trend in Alaska. Locally sourced ingredients include: kelp, Sitka Spruce tips and fiddlehead ferns. The kelp is being used to make pickles and salsa. The spruce tips are being used to infuse vodka or beer and fiddlehead ferns are added to flavour dishes around Alaska.

Multiple generations of a family regularly travel together to Alaska to find ways to share a new experience and also make time for an individual family member's needs. This can easily be done, finding new activities riding along Alaska's Railbelt, embarking on a large or small-ship cruise and/or traveling at their own pace by car or RV.

Fun fact: Because Alaska crosses the International Date Line, it is the northernmost, easternmost and westernmost state in the United States.

Must see

Denali National Park and Preserve: This is one of the most iconic National parks of the United States. It is home to over six million acres to explore as well as North America's tallest peak – Denali. Visitors can head into the park on a guided bus tour for a chance to see a variety of wildlife.

The Arctic: This is in the northernmost part of Alaska and visitors to this region get a special certificate acknowledging their arrival into this vast, remote landscape. This region is also popular for northern lights viewing and you will see 24 hours of daylight during the summer months.

The Inside Passage: This region of Alaska includes vast areas carved by glaciers, surrounded by towering mountains and pristine waters. Sitka spruce trees line the banks of the Inside Passage leaving a visitor in awe of the forest green color juxtaposed with crystal blue waters. Kayaking and glacier trekking are popular activities in this region and is where the vast majority of visitors to the state (via cruises) visit.

Anchorage: This is the hub of Southcentral Alaska and opens visitors to abundant opportunities to observe wildlife, walk on a glacier or search for marine life, and many of these activities can be done in a day trip. From Anchorage, visitors can head south to Seward and Homer or north to the quirky town of Talkeetna and onto the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks.

Katmai National Park and Preserve: This park is in the Southwest region of Alaska and is perfect for visitors who have a naturalist adventure streak. Often visitors come to this region to spend the day observing large groups of brown bears fishing for salmon in the Brooks River and it is also a popular region for bird watching.

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www.TravelAlaska.com

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