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What to see in Alaska


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, the history linked to Alaska's indigenous cultures prompts many travellers to visit 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 art, local crafts, food and gifts. Although not prominent tourist hubs, Alaska's cities are gorgeously situated and provide access to the astounding natural bounty of the surrounding areas. 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 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 of solid ice, more than 4,000ft (1,219m) thick and up to 20 miles (32km) wide. Today…

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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 America's highest mountain, Mount McKinley, Denali National Park and Preserve…

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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 to watch nature's incredible marvel, the Hubbard Glacier, in action as the…

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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. Originally known as Sitaantaagu ('the Glacier Behind the Town') by the Tlingits,…

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