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Alaska ... the 49th StateAlaska ... the 49th State

Alaska is a huge state, with so many options for travel, vacations and exploration!

The largest state (in area) of the United States, Alaska was admitted to the union as the 49th state in 1959, and lies at the extreme northwest of the North American continent.

Alaska is divided into five regions: far north, interior, southwest, south central, and Inside Passage. Although it takes a long time to see the entire state, visitors can travel through the regions by ferry, car, bus, cruise ship or airplane.

Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska. Denali, the highest peak in North America, is 20,320 ft. above sea level. Denali, the Indian name for the peak, means "The Great One."

The Yukon River, almost 2,000 miles long, is the third longest river in the U.S. There are more than 3,000 rivers in Alaska and over 3 million lakes. The largest, Lake Iliamna, encompasses over 1,000 square miles.

Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, ranging from tiny cirque glaciers to huge valley glaciers. There are more active glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world. The largest glacier is the Malaspina at 850 square miles. Five percent of the state, or 29,000 square miles, is covered by glaciers.

By area, Alaska holds more than half of America’s national park lands. With 17 national park units and 16 national wildlife refuges, the options for visits and vacations are plentiful.

On this website we have included an assortment of photographs, maps, commentary, lodging suggestions, and reviews of popular travel destinations in Alaska.

 

Map of Major Cities and National Parks in Alaska

Map showing the locations of major cities and national parks in Alaska
Map showing the locations of major cities, travel destinations and national parks in Alaska

 

Popular Destinations in Alaska

 

Travel Guide for Anchorage, Alaska - attractions, things to do, lodging, transportation, maps and more!

Anchorage

Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, lies between the mountains and the sea and yet is no stranger to the wilderness. There is no other urban area like it. 

Among the northernmost cities on Earth, Anchorage is a place with big-city amenities: fine restaurants, museums, theaters and an excellent music scene. Creating the backdrop are the salmon-rich waters of Cook Inlet and the 5,000-foot-plus peaks of Chugach State Park. Within a short drive from downtown are dozens of wilderness adventures and a short plane ride opens up the possibility of almost any type adventure.

That’s one reason why Anchorage’s Lake Hood is the world’s busiest floatplane base. Anchorage’s more than 290,000 residents embrace both the urban amenities and the wilderness beyond it.

Read more about Anchorage at TravelAlaska.com

Travel Guide for Fairbanks, Alaska - attractions, things to do, lodging, transportation, maps and more!

Fairbanks

At 65 degrees north latitude, Fairbanks is renowned for the aurora borealis, the midnight sun and sunsets and sunrises that last forever. Basecamp to Denali National Park, the Interior and the Arctic – Fairbanks is the Golden Heart of Alaska. Home to just over 100,000 hearty souls, the Fairbanks region is the second-largest population center in Alaska.

Fairbanks is one of Alaska's best year-round destinations and visitors will find plenty to do whether they come for the long, warm summer days or to watch spectacular northern lights displays color the night sky during Aurora Season. With the summer sun shining up to 24 hours a day during the Midnight Sun Season from April 22 to August 20, the subarctic summer is filled with action and brimming with growth. In fact, from mid-May through mid-July Fairbanks experiences 70 straight days of daylight! 

Read more about Fairbanks at TravelAlaska.com

 

 

Travel Guide for Sitka, Alaska - attractions, things to do, lodging, transportation, maps and more!

Sitka

Sitka is the only Inside Passage community that fronts the Pacific Ocean, hugging Baranof Island's west shore in the shadow of the impressive Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano with a graceful cone reminiscent of Japan's Mount Fuji.

Located on Sitka Sound, the city of about 9,000 residents is marked by the picturesque remnants of its Russian heritage, including the onion-shaped domes and gold colored crosses of the beloved Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

The city and borough limits include most of Baranof Island, where the city of Sitka is located, along with south Chichagof Island and many other small, forested islands along the coast.

Read more about Sitka at TravelAlaska.com

Travel Guide for Skagway, Alaska - attractions, things to do, lodging, transportation, maps and more!

Skagway

A colorful history, scant rain and a lot of cruise ships makes a Skagway one of the most interesting and popular towns to visit in the Inside Passage.

Skagway rarely disappoints visitors. A seven-block corridor along Broadway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings, many of which are part of the National Park Service-managed Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Today Skagway survives almost entirely on tourism, as bus tours and more than 400 cruise ships a year turn this small town into a boomtown again every summer.

Read more about Skagway at TravelAlaska.com

 

Overview of the Eight National Parks in Alaska

Alaska is home to eight outstanding national parks. The four most-visited national parks are the ones most accessible from the road system or on a cruise. They have convenient accommodations nearby and well-developed tours that make exploring easier for the casual visitor. Four other parks are more remote, and require air or boat access.


NPS Travel Guide for the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska ... things to do, attractions, maps and photographs

Gates of the Arctic

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, one of the finest wilderness areas in the world, straddles the Arctic Divide in the Brooks Range, America's northernmost chain of mountains.

Second only to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in size, Gates of the Arctic covers 13,238 square miles, sprawls 800 miles from east to west and is entirely north of the Arctic Circle. It extends from the southern foothills of the Brooks Range, across the range's ragged peaks and down onto the North Slope.

With the exception of the Dalton Highway, the park is far from any roads and is home to only one village, Anaktuvuk Pass. Eight more Native villages dot the perimeter but all have less than 400 permanent residents. Gates of the Arctic is a vast wilderness the size as Switzerland that contains no National Park Service facilities, visitor centers or campgrounds.

Gates of the Arctic is a wilderness park, with no roads or trails into the park lands, so visitors must fly or hike into the park. Access to the park begins in Fairbanks, Alaska, with several small airlines that provide daily flights into the gateway communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass and flag stops to Coldfoot.

Read more about Gates of the Arctic National Park at NPS

Travel Guide for the Kobuk Valley National Park in Alaska ... things to do, attractions, maps and photographs

Kobuk National Park

Kobuk Valley National Park is open year around. The headquarters office and visitor center are located at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in the bush village of Kotzebue, Alaska.

There are no developed facilities in Kobuk Valley National Park, but 1,795,280 acres of remote backcountry provide endless options for outdoor adventures. In summer, boating, camping, hiking, backpacking, flightseeing, wildlife watching, photography and fishing opportunities abound.

For people with Arctic winter survival skills and personal equipment, snow machining, skiing and dog mushing are also possible. Permits are not required for independent travelers. Organized recreational groups do need to get a permit from the Chief Ranger.

Winter access is by plane, snowmachine or dogs.

Plan to fly into the park, unless you have your own snowmachine or dogteam. Skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding or skijoring through the mountains or on the frozen rivers are all possible adventures.

Read more about Kobuk Valley National Park at NPS


Alaska Travel Guide at TripAdvisor: Reviews of attractions, restaurants, flights, cruises and more!

 

Hotels in Alaska: TripAdvisor Reviews and Reservations


 

More Information and Resources about Alaska

The Official Travel Website for Alaska: TravelAlaska.com

 

State of Alaska

 

Alaska Scenic Byways

 

Alaska's Marine Highway

 

Alaska State Parks

 

Alaska Public Lands

 

Alaska Railroad

 

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

 

Alaska Travel Guide at TripAdvisor: Reviews of hotels, attractions, restaurants and more!

 

Brown bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai
Brown bears hunting for Sockeye Salmon at the top of Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve

 

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