Today’s post is from Catherine Lee, an avid traveler, who is fascinated with both the wildlife and landscape of Alaska. To read more of Catherine Lees posts check out: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115774882291504030932/posts
Visitors to Alaska should prepare for an overload of natural wonders! Get the camera ready because the spectacular scenery on offer in this amazing state is truly breathtaking. If we talk numbers we can get an idea of scale. Imagine one hundred thousand glaciers, 15 national parks, 39 mountain ranges and 17 of North America’s highest peaks – that all adds up to a magnificent total. Alaska was certainly at the head of the queue when the scenery was handed out.
It’s not just the surroundings that are awesome; the wildlife that inhabits this place takes some beating. When trekking in the wilderness areas there are opportunities to see caribou, moose, mountain goats, bison, timber wolves and Dall sheep. Keep an eye out for the three types of bear that roam these parts, the brown bear, black bear and polar bear – all to be given a wide berth at all times! The iconic symbol of America, the bald eagle, is resident in Alaska and can be spotted soaring above the treetops, or shift the gaze towards the sea and whales are likely to come into view. The richness and diversity of wildlife in Alaska is unmatched, and nature lovers will marvel at the untouched sense of raw, untamed wilderness.
Any Alaska itinerary should include a visit to Denali National Park and Preserve, where Mt McKinley, North America’s largest peak, can be seen. Glacier Bay National Park usually makes it onto the shortlist because no one likes to miss out on whale watching, deep fjords, snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
You can improve the chance of seeing a brown bear by visiting Katmai National Park with its rugged coastline and volcanoes. Other National Parks worth visiting include; Kenai Fjords for more volcanoes and glaciers, Lake Clark National Park for leaping salmon and waterfalls, and the extremely mountainous Wrangell St Elias National Park for outstanding scenery.
Outdoor activity enthusiasts can try climbing, kayaking, white water rafting and many other high adrenalin sports. Other interesting things to do include dog-sledding, viewing the ethereal beauty of the northern lights, hiking and trekking in the back country, horse riding and some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the world.
After all that time out in the fresh air a change of scene in one of Alaska’s cities offers a pleasing contrast. The state capital Juneau is a charming town with a gold mining past. Set on the shore, Juneau welcomes cruise ships in the summer when humpback whale watching is a popular attraction. The pretty oldest part of town, with its narrow streets and historic old storefronts, is easily navigated on foot, and in the downtown area restaurants and bars can be found for more lively diversions.
Anchorage is the other main Alaskan metropolis. Compared to Juneau, Anchorage is far more city like and cosmopolitan. The largest most northern city on earth, it has all the sophisticated attractions of any modern conurbation. With world-class museums, first class restaurants, seven breweries (they love their beer in Anchorage!) and a lively music scene, it’s a great place to stop off for a day or so during an Alaskan adventure. Kick back, listen to some local live sounds, sup on a local beer and feel the good vibes…
Getting to Alaska is not difficult if traveling by air. Flying to Anchorage and Fairbanks is possible, and other towns, such as Juneau, Ketchikan, and Wrangell, can be accessed by using Alaska airlines. Traveling around internally by car, Greyhound bus, train and boat are all possible, but considering the massive distances to be traveled, flying is usually the first choice of many tourists.
Alaska is truly the wild corner of America, an empty wilderness that’s so full of promise for adventurous travelers. Book a vacation soon and discover the pure joy of living and breathing in the uncharted spaces of Alaska.
Article By: Catherine Lee – https://plus.google.com/u/0/115774882291504030932/posts
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