Top 5 Reasons to Visit Alaska
If you’re looking to take a vacation filled with adventure and some of the most breathtaking views in the US, then Alaska is an ideal vacation destination. From thundering glaciers to soaring eagles, breaching whales and frontier towns, Alaska can take your breath away.
GLACIERS. Thunder doesn’t just come from the sky. Glaciers creak, rumble and calve explosively with a stupendous roar often referred to as “white thunder”. The sound and fury the icy colors and the massive icebergs they shed make Alaska’s glaciers one of the greatest shows on earth.
WILDERNESS and WILDLIFE. The state of Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas and only 20% is accessible by road. This means that most of Alaska is wilderness – untamed and untouched. And where there is wilderness, there is wildlife. Bears can be found almost anywhere, especially in the summer months when they fish for spawning salmon. Moose can be seen year-round and are practically everywhere. Over 1,000 moose are thought to live in the city limits of Anchorage – Alaska’s largest city.
The wildlife is not just land-based, either. Summer sees the influx of humpback whales, orca and beluga whales as they feed in the waters off Alaska. You can also see harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters. And, don’t forget America’s enduring symbol of freedom, the bald eagle. Haines, in the northern part of Alaska’s panhandle is home to the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles.
MOUNTAINS. The mountain ranges of Alaska give the state a rugged and beautiful terrain across its entire expanse. Seventeen of the twenty tallest mountains in North America are located in Alaska. The most famous, Denali, is the highest peak in North America and is so large it creates its own weather patterns.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK and PRESERVE. A sprawling six-million acre wilderness, this is the park where the Denali, the mountain, resides. It is an ideal place to observe bear, caribou, moose, gray wolves and Dall sheep. Together these amazing animals constitute the “Denali Big Five” – a wildlife lover’s dream.
HISTORIC FRONTIER TOWNS. From 1897 to 1898, more than 60,000 adventurers made their way north to make their fortune in the gold fields of Alaska and the Klondike. Today, you can see and experience the life of these frontier towns. In Skagway, you can visit restored frontier-era storefronts and saloons and ride the vintage White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Creek Street in Ketchikan is a boardwalk on wooden pilings over Ketchikan Creek. You’ll see picturesque historical buildings, museums and many restaurants and shops.
There are many ways to experience the wonders of Alaska. Cruises to view the glaciers and frontier towns, Cruise tours that allow you to cruise and experience the interior of Alaska, like Denali, all on one trip, and land tours are just some of your options. AAA can help you decide which Alaska experience is best for you. Visit a nearby AAA Travel office or give us a call at 800-444-8691. We'll make getting to Alaska easy!