Reasons to Visit
Alaska, the USA’s largest state, has to be some of the best bear watching territory anywhere in the world. Black and brown bears (sometimes known as grizzly bears) can be found, when they want to be, nearly everywhere in the state.
Alaska offers some truly spectacular cruising opportunities on a wide variety of ships. Some of the country’s most awe-inspiring scenery lies around its magnificent coastline; places such as Glacier Bay, Admiralty Island and Tracy Arm.
Famous for its salmon, fishing is a popular pastime in Alaska and there are many places in which to partake in the sport. If you are in Homer don’t miss the opportunity to land a prize-winning halibut in this self-proclaimed Halibut Fishing Capital of the World!
Along the coast of Alaska, some of North America’s highest mountains feed more than half the world’s glaciers, an epic sight as they carve icebergs into chill waters. Expedition cruises operate in these waters using zodiacs to discover breathtaking coastlines and a plethora of wildlife.
Home to magnificent glaciers, endless tundra and pristine fjords, as well as being the home of North America’s highest mountain, Mount Mckinley, Alaska’s scenery rivals that of New Zealand, except everything can be seen here on a larger scale.
In a state where moose outnumber humans, it’s no wonder Alaska is considered one of the world’s last true wildernesses. Here you can find entire ecosystems still intact and vast areas of land untouched by human hands.
One Alaskan animal you are likely to see a lot of are the delightful sea otters. These enchanting animals spend most of their lives floating on their backs, furry faces and paws in the air.
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Grizzly bear catching salmon, Brooks Falls.
With the Chugach Mountains as a backdrop, Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. There are some excellent museums and shopping opportunities here.
Alaskan cruises allow the visitor the opportunity to take in Alaska's dramatic coastline, rich with wildlife and natural beauty, at a comfortable and relaxed pace. This is the ultimate way to experience North America's iconic wilderness.
No visit to Alaska is complete without seeing either a grizzly (brown) or black bear. Use this guide to find out a few facts about both types, plus the best places to go bear watching in Alaska.
Kodiak town was once the capital of Russian Alaska, but today it is know for one reason only: it is home to the largest grizzly bears in the world.
Access to Denali National Park park is by shuttle bus along the 148 kilometre Park Road. Once here it provides unparalleled wildlife viewing. It's also home to Mt McKinley, North America's highest mountain.
One of the last wilderness areas on Earth, Alaska is one of the few places where entire ecosystems are still intact and ancient migratory routes uninterrupted. The sheer scale of the landscape is rarely equalled anywhere in the world and it is this combined with the incredible wildlife that continues to attract visitors: moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, bald eagles, whales, grizzly bears and even polar bears, can be seen.
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Discover Alaska and the Yukon, including Denali, Dawson and Prince William Sound staying in B&Bs.
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Explore the main highlights of Alaska, including Denali National Park, Prince William Sound, Wrangell St Ellias National Park, Kenai Fjords and the Kenai Peninsula.
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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