Discover Alaska For an Exciting, Fun-filled Holiday
Whether you love the heart-pounding thrill of water sports or the adventure of biking, hiking and climbing stunning mountain peaks, Alaska has it all. It has the highest mountaintops and the most beautiful oceanfront resorts in the country. Alaska offers the perfect outdoor vacation destination.
No trip to Alaska is complete without a visit to Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America. Standing at an elevation of 20,320 feet, snow-covered Mount McKinley is one of the most popular mountaintop tourist destinations in the world. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget, you can even charter a ski plane and land on one of the five spectacular glaciers surrounding this majestic mountain.
Surrounding Mt. McKinley is Denali Park, a six million acre oasis of wildlife and pristine, unspoiled natural beauty. You can spend your morning and afternoon whitewater rafting, fishing or hiking and return at the end of the day to the comfort of a rustic lodge, a campsite or a luxury five-star resort with fine dining and entertainment.
Another must-see destination is Glacier Bay National Park. Located outside of Juneau, Glacier Bay offers 3.3 million acres of magnificent, unspoiled beauty. Surrounded by towering glaciers, the area encompasses snowy mountain peaks and crystal blue waters, all inhabited by native Alaskan wildlife. At Glacier Bay, you’ll be able to fish, raft, hike and experience a true outdoor adventure.
If you think that Alaskan hotels are primarily made up of log cabin sites, you couldn’t be further from the truth. alaska holidays can be as rustic or as luxurious as you wish, with accommodations ranging from five-star luxury hotels in larger cities, such as Juneau and Anchorage, to beautiful resort hotels in outlying areas. If you want a true wilderness experience, you’ll also have a large selection of picturesque cabins, lodges and campsites to choose from all across the state.
Traveling Through Alaska
One of the easiest ways to get through Alaska is by train. Thanks to its two primary railroads, the Alaska Railroad and the White Pass & Yukon Route, the state offers some of the most beautiful, scenic railway tours in the world. The White Pass & Yukon Route travels through some of the most rugged wilderness areas of Alaska, offering a real adventure for those who want to see the natural beauty of the state. The Alaska Railroad travels from city to city, stopping at popular destinations such as Anchorage and Denali National Park. Best of all, the Alaska Railroad features railway cars with wide, panoramic views for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Most travelers agree that Alaska holidays aren’t complete without one of these fabulous railway journeys.
If you love the outdoors and truly want to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, you won’t do better than to choose Alaska for your upcoming holiday. Alaska has it all, from sophisticated nightclubs and fine dining in Anchorage to the most rustic and stunning wilderness retreats you’ll find anywhere. It’s all there in one magnificent state and it’s waiting for you. If your plans extend to a world tour, Alaska is well served by the major airlines and the rest of North America, in particular, would suit your itinerary.
Portland Jameson writes regularly on Alaska and vacation travel for a range of travel websites and blogs. As a musician and writer, she has performed all over the world and written extensively about her experiences.