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What to see in Alaska

Attractions


Alaska contains some of the world's most intriguing wilderness areas and attracts nature lovers and adventurers keen for a taste of its yet untamed landscapes, huge glaciers and magnificent national parks. Outdoor activities and attractions dominate Alaskan itineraries, with all-time favourite destinations including the national parks of Glacier Bay, Denali, Kenai Fjords and Wrangell St. Elias. A visit to Alaska is certainly not complete without seeing a glacier, and the Hubbard Glacier and Mendenhall Glacier are two of the best to seek out.

Aside from the wildlife and natural beauty, Alaska boasts indigenous cultures which have captured the global imagination, and many travellers relish the opportunity to visit places like Ketchikan, where the largest collection of totem poles in the world can be found in the Ketchikan Totem Bight State Historical Park and a number of other cultural sites. Anchorage also has some worthwhile cultural attractions, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and some good markets selling traditional art and crafts. Alaska's cities are not the big drawcard for tourists, but most of them are gorgeously situated and provide access to the astounding natural bounty that makes the state such a gem of a travel destination. Apart from Anchorage and Ketchikan, popular cities include the capital, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka, all common ports of call on the cruises that traverse the glorious Inside Passage of Alaska.


Glacier Bay National Park

When the early explorers and pioneers of the 18th century sailed this way, Glacier Bay was hidden under a huge sheet…

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Denali National Park and Preserve

Famous for its spectacular mountain vistas, abundant wildlife, glaciers, vast expanses of sub-arctic tundra, and North…

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Hubbard Glacier

There is surely no more spectacular experience on the planet than to witness the calving of a titanic glacier. A stopover…

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Mendenhall Glacier

The most popular attraction in Juneau is the Mendenhall Glacier, located just 12 miles (19km) from the downtown area.…

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