Let's make no bones about it. Alaska is BIG. The 49th state is over twice the size of Texas and contains 17 of the top 20 tallest mountains in the USA. But that's not all. Alaska is quite simply full to the brim with exciting adventure possibilities, from bear spotting to flying high above enormous glaciers on a scenic floatplane ride; you'll be spoilt for choice for things to pass the time. Read on to discover why Alaska is the greatest outdoor adventure you'll ever have.
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The Great Outdoors
Alaska is the perfect location to experience the great outdoors. There's really nothing better than camping out in the world's most exquisite wilderness and then waking up to a lungful of the freshest mountain air.
Choose to take to the waters on a whitewater rafting trip, or if you're feeling a little calmer, a sea kayaking excursion will be just the ticket to take you close to the marine wildlife which litters the sea here. Hike the national park trails or mountain bike along sprawling mountainous landscapes, or get back to nature and take it slow with a halibut fishing excursion. Alaska is certainly the reason why they call it 'the Great Outdoors'.
The 'Wild West'
Not in the conventional way, but Alaska is certainly in the west, and it is certainly wild. Bison, moose and elk share their homeland with a vast array of predators including wolves, coyotes, black bear and the mighty grizzly bear. In fact, 98% of all of the USA's brown bear population can be found in Alaska. Whales, porpoises, walrus and sea lions occupy the seas along the pristine coastline, plus you may even be lucky enough to spot a circling bald eagle, one of the rarest birds of prey in North America.
Awesome National Parks
A visit to the 'Final Frontier' surely wouldn't be complete without visiting some of the incredible National Parks on offer. We're talking huge mountains, crystal clear lakes, and picture perfect photos whichever way you turn.
Here's a selection of our favourites:
Denali National Park
Home to North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley (20,320ft), the park covers 6 million acres and contains a huge array of wildlife. Try to spot moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and bears on a scenic bus journey through this jaw-dropping park.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Located on the southeastern Kenai Peninsula, and close to the town of Seward, Kenai Fjords is a dreamlike place where ice meets ocean. Make sure to hire a canoe to explore the park from the water to see whales and sea lions playing.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
The largest National Park in the USA, Wrangell St. Elias is full to bursting with mountains and glaciers. Take to the ice on a guided glacier walk and prepare for the most deafening silence you've ever heard in this untouched wilderness.