The vast wilds of Alaska are a story of pristine waterways, calving glaciers, towering mountain peaks that stretch on for an eternity, and forests filled with massive grizzly bears feasting on salmon. From its charming remote towns to its breathtaking scenery, Alaska is the perfect place for an adventurous getaway off the beaten track.
The Last Frontier
Alaska is North America's 'Last Frontier' and by far the biggest state in the USA, on Canada's western border. Roads connect Anchorage, Fairbanks and other cities, but much of south-east Alaska, including the capital Juneau, is inaccessible by road. Ferries, planes and cruise ships connect coastal towns, while other towns and villages can only be accessed by air. Start your Alaska holiday from the Inside Passage and continue to The Far North to pay a visit to the Arctic Trading Post or The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
Pristine Natural Beauty
Admire Mt McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, in Denali National Park and catch a glimpse of its reflection in Wonder Lake. Tour Katmai National Park for its active volcanoes and visit the stunning Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Cruise to Glacier Bay to meander through calving glaciers or take a trail in the Kenai Peninsula to get close to the edge of Exit Glacier. Or, continue to the Far North to explore an Inuit settlement in the Arctic Circle, land of polar bears.
Glacier Bay, Alaska
Alaska is a wonderful place to visit during winter. Time your arrival for the Iditarod dog sled race, which starts in Anchorage, and complete your travels by witnessing the Northern Lights. There's even an event called the Running of the Reindeer, an Alaskan version of the famous Running of the Bulls. Just be prepared for minimal daylight – around six hours per day – but it does mean plenty of time for stargazing and chasing the aurora.
Northern Lights in Alaska