ALASKA - USA Travel Guide | Around The World
Alaska is the 49th and largest state in the United States of America. Separated from the rest of the country, (the "lower 48"), by Canada, Alaska lies on the Arctic Circle. It is still the least densely populated state in the union and for a long time was home to the lowest population. America's final frontier is the size of California, Texas and Montana combined, making it huge in comparison to the rest of the states! Alaska is also home to the highest point in North America and all of the top ten highest mountains in the USA. Across the Bering Strait lies the country of Russia and the continent of Asia.
Panhandle & Inland Passage
Anchorage & Kenai Peninsula
Alaskan Peninsula, Kodiak, the Aleutian Chain & other islands
Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue
Juneau – State capital and third largest city.
Anchorage – Alaska's largest city.
Barrow – Northernmost city in the United States
Deadhorse – Alaska's oil center, the production facilities can only be accessed by tours
Dutch Harbor-Unalaska – Largest community in the Aleutian Islands
Fairbanks – Alaska's second largest city
Homer – Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, Kachemak Bay State Park, Katmai National Park
Ketchikan – Alaska's southernmost city and the first Alaska port for northbound cruise-ship travelers.
Kodiak – The Island Town
Other Destinations :
Cape Krusenstern National Monument – North of the Arctic Circle, Cape Krusenstern National Monument stretches 70 miles along the Chukchi Sea shoreline. Beach ridges provide evidence of 5000 years of human activity.
Denali National Park – Whether climbing or admiring, the crowning jewel of North America’s highest peak is the awe inspiring 20,320-foot Denali - formerly known as Mount McKinley
Gates of the Arctic National Park – Traveling through this vast wilderness you will discover craggy ridges, glacier carved valleys and fragile flowers
Glacier Bay National Park - marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, and freshwater rivers and lakes.
Katmai National Park - famous for volcanoes, brown bears, pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged coastline
Kenai Fjords National Park - a land where the ice age still lingers where glaciers, earthquakes, and ocean storms are the architects.
Upper Kenai River - a great place almost every time of year to catch rainbow trout and salmon, if you know what you're doing so long as the river isn't frozen there are fish for you. Also a great place for roadside bear viewing; just don't get too close!
Kobuk Valley National Park - noted for the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes and caribou migration routes. The park offers backcountry camping, hiking, backpacking, and dog sledding.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve - The Park was created to protect scenic beauty (volcanoes, glaciers, wild rivers and waterfalls), populations of fish and wildlife, watersheds essential for red salmon, and the traditional lifestyle of local residents. Lake Clark's spectacular scenery provides a true wilderness experience for those who visit.
Skilak Lake - another great place for monster rainbow trout, also one of the most beautiful areas of the state, camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting are all great options for a fun time. Just a great place to spend a quiet weekend with family, friends, or just the fish.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve - Chugach, Wrangell, and Saint Elias mountain ranges converge here in what is often referred to as the "mountain kingdom of North America." It has the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet.
Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve - along the Canadian border in central Alaska
There are many things to do when traveling to Alaska. If you are the adventurous type then Alaska will be a great place to go. You can go hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and expeditions to see the wildlife of Alaska like wolves, whales, moose, and bears. There are also month-long expeditions to the top of Denali.
A journey on the Dalton Highway provides a very unique experience. The highway crosses mountains and tundra, the Arctic Circle, and 414 miles of pristine wilderness.
Stay up late to see the midnight sun, it's fascinating to watch in the summer when daytime seems endless.