Alaska

From the glaciers in the south to the tundra of the north, visitors will never get bored of sightseeing in this beautiful state. Nearly one third of the United States and roughly twice the size of Texas in area, Alaska is the largest state in the country, but it has the smallest population.

Juneau, the capital, is located on the panhandle. The Mendenhall Glacier is a popular destination. It is connected to the Juneau Icefield that can be viewed from the ground or air. Humpback and Orca whales also relax in this water exciting quite a show for tourists. The outdoor adventures don’t stop here: tourists can hike, fish, cruise, and even zipline to enjoy the Alaskan landscape.

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    Mount McKinley towers in this state as the highest peak in the US. It is an intense climb not recommended for those who are unexperienced. This landmark can be viewed from most points within the Denali National Park and Monument in the central part of the state.

    Geocaching is a popular activity in Alaska for people of all ages. A Global Positioning Satellite is used to search for treasure and geocachers hide their own caches, which range from small canisters to large containers holding a treasure. They search for others while exploring and hiking.


    Visitors are encouraged to discover the largest and most popular cities in the state, including Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. In Anchorage, families are welcome to ride the tram and explore the city, entertain and educate children at the Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, and experience delicious seafood at fantastic restaurants.

    Fairbanks, located in the Alaskan Interior, is one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. Fairbanks sits under the auroral oval, which is a ring shaped region around the North Pole. Drive ten miles south to North Pole, Alaska for family fun and a chance to meet Santa Claus in his workshop.

    Near Anchorage, Beluga Point, Girdwood, and Thunderbird Falls are also fun exploratory destinations. At Juneau, The Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure sends visitors through 50 acres of forest to discover wildlife. The rainforest features one-of-a-kind upside down trees that can be viewed from a special tram. Fairbanks is home to Pioneer Park, a theme park built to celebrate the Alaskan 1967 centennial exposition. This is not your average theme park. Instead, visitors will enjoy touring museums and historic cabins and homes.

     

    Visitors should also not miss the abundance of gorgeous national parks, forests, and monuments covering this large state.

    Helpful links:

    http://www.alaskatravel.com/

    http://www.state.ak.us/

    http://www.travelalaska.com/