Alaska is one of the greatest places in the world for a vacation. The scenery is beautiful and the topography is varied with something to appeal to everyone.
From scenic, rugged coastline to the magnificent Mt. McKinley (Denali), the state is one adventure after another.
Keep the camera handy because you never know what you will see around the next bend.
Juneau, the capital, is landlocked by the steep mountains and trapped against the sea on the west. It is accessible only by air or water. The western coastline of this part of Alaska is home to deep river valleys running down from the mountains to the sea.
Anchorage is a great destination as a starting point for any tour of Alaska. Fly into Anchorage from the lower 48 and rent a car for the tour of a lifetime. From Anchorage, you can drive down to Seward for a day of fun and sight-seeing.
Next, drive back up and over to Homer.
Plan to spend a day in Soldatna near famous Kenai River.
One of the attractions of Alaska is the great trout, salmon and halibut fishing. If you like to fish, this is the place to be. After two trips to Alaska, we rate it tops for fishing. Drive up toward Denali from Anchorage and spend some time at Talkeetna. It is a quaint little town that is artsy and unique, and the Talkeetna River, Susitna River and Montana Creek offer excellent trout and salmon fishing.
While you are there, you will find that Talkeetna is the starting point for most of the major climbing expeditions onto Denali. There is a lot of history in this little town and it has much to offer. Don’t be fooled by the small size.
A day spent on Denali viewing wildlife will allow you to photograph moose, bear, wolves and any number of animals. A stop by the park headquarters and you can see a working team of sled dogs that the park personnel use to access the park during the winter months.
Bus tours depart daily to drive the roads through the park and you are allowed to get out and walk if you desire. Cars are only permitted for a short distance into the park to keep traffic to a minimum and not disturb the animals any more than necessary.
Fairbanks is in the north central part of the state. It is a fun place to visit and while not as big as Anchorage, has all the needed amenities and lodging. We were there during the moose season and saw trails with huge moose on the roads and at motels.
If you desire, you can drive or take a tour bus from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle and receive a certificate showing that you were there. From there, the “Haul Road” goes to the oil fields and is a rough ride, not for the faint of heart.
Alaska is truly the last frontier for the U.S. and everyone who loves wild places and vast expanses should plan a trip to this delightful state. You won’t be sorry!