ALASKA

Five ways to see the magic.

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: TLELL NAKARKO

The Last Fron­tier can be dis­cov­ered through a va­ri­ety of medi­ums, but the best ways are those which take you be­hind the scenes to ex­pe­ri­ence this great land as the lo­cals do. Alaska is ma­jes­tic, im­pres­sive and un­for­get­table – and your ex­pe­ri­ences will be epic. As rec­om­mended by En­trée Des­ti­na­tions, ex­perts in cu­rat­ing be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ences for ad­ven­tur­ous trav­el­ers, here are the top five ways (and places) to get a taste of this di­verse and strik­ing state.

ALASKA BY RAIL De­nali Na­tional Park

Trav­el­ing ei­ther by An­chor­age or Fair­banks, this scenic jour­ney to Alaska’s tallest peak will pro­vide glimpses of stun­ning back­coun­try oth­er­wise un­seen. Cross the rush­ing rapids of the Knik River, ad­mire the Chugach Moun­tain range or take a pit stop in the his­toric town of Tal­keetna.

ALASKA ON FOOT

The largest city in Alaska is best dis­cov­ered on foot, where you can take in the his­tory from a lo­cal ex­pert. De­spite the fact that it’s a bustling me­trop­o­lis, An­chor­age is home to ap­prox­i­mately 250 black bears who can be found roam­ing the trails and parks within the city. You may just meet a moose – in the city cen­ter, they’re a sur­pris­ingly com­mon sight!

ALASKA BY SEA

Ke­nai Fjords Na­tional Park Nearly forty glaciers flow from the Hard­ing Ice­field, one of the Ke­nai Fjords’ cen­tral fea­tures. Break through ice­bergs and ad­mire calv­ing glaciers right in front of you. Whether you’re in a large ship or a small kayak, the best van­tage point is from the water where you can pad­dle along­side sea lions, hump­backs and killer whales.

ALASKA BY AIR

Wrangell St. Elias Na­tional Park The largest Na­tional Park in Amer­ica, Wrangell St. Elias is the same size as Yel­low­stone, Yosemite, and the coun­try of Switzer­land com­bined! The only way to ap­pre­ci­ate the sheer vast­ness is to take it in by air. Soar over vol­ca­noes, spot bears and cari­bou and land on un­touched beaches, glaciers and mead­ows – all in the same day.

ALASKA BY DOG SLED

Juneau Ice­fields Imag­ine whizzing across an ice­field, led by a team of happy Alaskan huskies. Touch­ing down by he­li­copter, you’ll meet the dogs and pro­fes­sional musher where you’ll learn about the “Last Great Race on Earth”, the 1150 mile-long Idi­tarod. Cud­dle with the new pups-in-train­ing, and then hop on your sled for the ride of your life! Learn more about ex­plor­ing Alaska:

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