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.