ALASKA

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

Con­tain­ing the U.S.’s largest na­tional park (Wrangell–St. Elias), big­gest state park (Wood-Tikchik), and the tallest moun­tain in North Amer­ica (De­nali), the vast, un­tram­meled wilder­ness of Alaska is speck­led with awe-in­duc­ing nat­u­ral fea­tures. The Last Fron­tier state mixes in­cred­i­ble wildlife with a rough-and-tum­ble outdoor spirit, sat­is­fy­ing any thirst for ad­ven­ture. Where else can you spend 20-hour sum­mer days tack­ling snow-laden moun­tains, spot­ting griz­zlies or fol­low­ing the path of the Klondike Gold Rush? With in­creased flight links to many cities, Alaska has never been eas­ier to reach. Re­cently, the state’s ma­jor cruise com­pa­nies have an­nounced ex­panded ca­pac­i­ties, larger ships and more va­ri­ety for trav­el­ers. Smaller op­er­a­tors, such as Alaskan Dream Cruises, are in­creas­ing their itin­er­ar­ies and ex­pe­di­tions, too, al­low­ing more op­tions to spot bald ea­gles, hump­back whales and glacier-stud­ded fjords.

Bear Lake in Ke­nai Fjords Na­tional Park, Alaska » Don’t Miss With a sum­mit el­e­va­tion of 20,310 feet, De­nali, the high­light of De­nali Na­tional Park & Pre­serve, makes for a once-in-al­ife­time en­counter.

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