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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Our Alaska specialists are experienced and passionate about the country - between them they have spent many weeks a year researching new experiences and ensuring everything is of the highest standard. They know Alaska inside out.
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The majority of visitors to Alaska will see it from the decks of one of the huge cruise ships that head up its western coast.
Here at Audley we prefer a more intimate view of this state and have researched a host of accommodation options and experiences that enable you to explore this remarkable northern state in detail.
Due to the remoteness and limited size of most communities, accommodation choices can be limited. However we have researched some delightful lodges, bed and breakfast properties and wilderness retreats to ensure you have a never to be forgotten trip.
With such a short summer season and so many small communities, early reservations are highly recommended. The state offers a variety of hotels, motels, character bed and breakfasts and delightful lodges often set amidst the most stunning scenery.
Our Alaska specialists have visited a huge range of properties to find those that best match your preferences and budget.
Travel here lends itself to a variety of modes of transport. Whilst driving is a delight, travelling by train, light aircraft, ferry and cruise ship is a pleasure amidst such inspiring scenery.
Alaska doesn't have a distinctive cooking style, but its cuisine stands apart in its use of local ingredients. The abundance of fresh seafood is usually featured and there are over five species of salmon regularly found, along with a variety of local meats. North American breakfasts can be a real highlight and will often include eggs, pancakes and maple syrup or continental breakfasts that involve pastries, muffins and croissants.
Tipping is a custom in Alaska and is expected, especially in bars and restaurants if you receive good service. The standard tip is usually 15%. It is also common practice to tip your taxi drivers and tour guides.
The official currency is the US Dollar. US Dollar travellers' cheques can be exchanged at all major banks, international airports and foreign exchange bureaux. Some shops will also accept them as long as they are presented with your passport. All major credit cards are widely accepted and you will also be able to access US currency from ATM machines as long as you have your four digit pin-code. There is no state-wide tax on goods and services, however some communities, particularly in the southeast, impose their own sales tax of between 4 and 7%.
'Into the Wild': Jon Krakauer`s tragic story of a young American who travels to Alaska with romantic ideals of leading a self-sufficient, reclusive life in the wilderness. However, the harsh reality of living in Alaska has rather predictable consequences.
Alaskan native music can be sampled a various cultural centres throughout the state. There are over 20 different native regions, each with their own style of music. The University of Alaska in Fairbanks has a fine collection of native recordings that have been sampled over the past 100 years.
Most films and television programmes 'based' in Alaska are actually filmed in Canada or the lower 48. One prominent Alaskan film is the Academy Award winning classic 'Eskimo/Mala The Magnificent'... billed as the "The Biggest Picture Ever Made" at the time. When Eskimo was critically acclaimed and released worldwide, it made Inupiat Eskimo actor Ray Mala an international movie star, and was the first motion picture to be filmed in an all native language (Inupiat).
Try local wild caught salmon cooked on a cedar plank with a delicious maple glaze; Copper River Salmon is my personal favourite. On the Kenai Peninsula, it will be hard to pass on a lovely piece of fresh halibut with a twist of lemona nd cracked pepper. For a quick snack on the run, try one of the famous reindeer (caribou) sausages, sold by street vendors throughout downtown Anchorage.
The Alaskan Brewing Co. produce a fine selection of local beers including Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Pale, Alaskan Stout, Alaskan IPA and Smoked Porter.
Alaska means 'Great Land' in Aleut.
Wilderness; grand landscapes; towering peaks; grizzly bears; crushing glaciers; more bears.
It is possible to purchase an Ulu, a type of Native Alaskan knife that has been used for over 5,000 years. One of the best places to pick one up is at the Ulu Factory in Anchorage.
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