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Seward & Kenai Fjords

Seward & Kenai Fjords — Sandwiched between the Kenai Mountains and the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, with Mt. Marathon rising steeply behind the town. A spectacular 2 1/2-hour drive south from Anchorage brings you to this seaside village, which offers a bustling harbor, […]

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Kenai Peninsula

Kenai Peninsula — Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula extends 150 miles (240 km) southwest from the Chugach Mountains south of Anchorage. It is separated from the mainland on the west by the Cook Inlet and on the east by Prince William Sound. Most of the Kenai Peninsula is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Most Kenai Peninsula […]

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Juneau

Juneau – this city is Alaska’s state capital and is in an area proximate to British Columbia (Canada). Even though Juneau is the second-largest American city by area, its population is only 32,468. Downtown Juneau (which is both coastal and by a mountain) is located between Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts and Gastineau Channel, and is […]

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Haines

Haines — this small town (population: 2,500) serves up one of the state’s most Alaskan experiences. Casual and quirky, Haines offers history, nature, and native culture and combines it with heaps of Alaskan charm. A U.S. Army fort gives historic significance to the town, artists bring their own sense of beauty and whimsy, and a […]

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Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park (1 Park Road, Gustavus, AK) – this 3.3 million acre park offers visitors lofty mountain peaks, ice-sculptured fjords, an abundance of marine wildlife and, most of all, massive tidewater glaciers. All this makes Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve one of Alaska’s most spectacular settings, and a must-stop for every cruise […]

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Fairbanks

Fairbanks – this is Alaska’s second-largest city (with just over 100,000 residents). The city has a university (University of Alaska), an Army base and an Air Force Base and is known for dog mushing, northern lights and its extremes of light, dark, warmth and cold. In winter, temperatures as low as -62 degrees have been […]

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Note on Denali’s Sled Dogs

Note on Denali’s Sled Dogs — in Denali National Park and Preserve, rangers conduct winter patrols via dog team. It is the only national park in USA where dog teams are used in such a vital capacity. During the summer when the pups are off duty, they can be visited during free daily tours of […]

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park – located 5½ hours from Anchorage by car (or 8 hours by the Alaska Railroad), Denali is home to 39 species of mammals and 169 varieties of birds. Some of the wildlife seen in this park includes moose, caribou, mountain goats, wolves and bears. Visitors should check with park rangers about where […]

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Chugach State Park

Chugach State Park (18620 Seward Highway, Anchorage) – located near Alaska’s largest city (Anchorage) is Chugach State Park, the fourth-largest state park in USA. While Alaska has wilderness areas that are larger and more biologically pristine than Chugach, no other wildlife-rich habitat on Earth is so close to a major city. The park is known […]

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Anchorage Museum of History and Art

Anchorage Museum of History and Art (625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501) — One of the 10 most visited attractions in Alaska, this is a world-class museum located in the state’s largest city. The museum’s permanent collection has over 17,500 objects, 2,000 artifacts, and 350,000 historical photos. This wide-ranging collection of art offers an overview […]