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Watch the Wildlife

If you want to see wildlife, Alaska is the place to visit. Bald eagles gather by the hundreds, moose cause traffic jams and millions of salmon spawn in its rivers. Take a guided tour through a national park or wildlife refuge to see moose and caribou or a boat tour to see otters, whales and porpoises. No matter where you go, you'll find an amazing variety of watchable wildlife.

 

Take a Breathtaking Drive

Driving in Alaska is an unforgettable experience. Spectacular views, pristine lakes and towering mountains are all part of the Alaska driving experience. Looking for adventure? Fly to Alaska and rent a car or RV. You'll find 3 routes that have been designated National "Scenic Byways;" the Glenn and Seward Highways, with road accessible glaciers, and the Alaska Marine Highway, a unique ferry route connecting 3,500 miles of coastal waterways.

 

Visit the Country's Largest National Park

Alaska is home to 17 national park areas, which is two-thirds of the land in the entire national park system. From mountain ranges and volcanoes to wild rivers and vast tundra, Alaska's parklands offer an array of recreation and sightseeing opportunities. Visit Wrangell-St. Elias, our country's largest national park, and see the best remaining example of a 20th century copper mining town.

 

Cruise to a Glacier

Come see the ancient, enormous rivers of ice that sculpted Alaska's mountains. You can get up close to glaciers on cruise tours and day cruises in many areas of Alaska including Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound. These trips offer a wonderful glimpse of coastal Alaska with its dramatic mountain scenery and tidewater glaciers.

 

Go Flightseeing

Flying is a way of life in Alaska and a trip to Alaska would not be complete without a flightseeing excursion. Get a bird’s eye view of this great land as you circle majestic Mt. McKinley, take a floatplane to a wilderness lodge or land on a glacier in a helicopter. 

 

Explore the Wilderness

In Alaska you can explore the wilderness by day and sleep in a warm bed at night. Guided trips and tours take you to a variety of remote - or not so remote — places where you can enjoy almost any outdoor interest. Stay at a backcountry lodge for fly-fishing and bear watching, or join an expedition to one of Alaska's remote parks forests or refuges.

 

Explore Alaska's Rich History and Unique Cultures

Native and cultural diversity abounds in Alaska. Each region contains its own unique peoples and customs. From traditional music and dance to beautiful Native art, there are many opportunities for Alaska visitors to experience Alaska's culture and history. 

Plan your trip to the largest state in America. Alaska: It’s beyond your dreams, yet within your reach.

Experience Alaska
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Visit the world’s largest collection of totem poles in Saxman and Totem Bight State Park, just outside Ketchikan.
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Visit the world’s largest collection of totem poles in Saxman and Totem Bight State Park, just outside Ketchikan.

Must see places

Autumn at Wonder Lake in Denali National Park

Denali National Park

In Denali National Park’s vast expanses of wild land, travelers might see caribou, grizzly and black bears and Dall sheep. The park’s one road leads to North America’s tallest peak, 6,190-meter Denali.

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Musk ox grazing on a farm

Musk Ox Farm

A nonprofit organization, the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer is dedicated to the development of musk oxen in order to provide subsistence income for Alaska Natives. Visitors can photograph and interact with the Ice Age animals.

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Sitka National Historical Park

Set on an island amid spruce and hemlock trees, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a battle between Russian traders and indigenous Tlingit people. The restored Russian Bishop’s House speaks of Russia’s little-known colonial legacy in North America.

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Cliffs at Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Set on a peninsula in southwestern Alaska, Katmai National Park and Preserve is known for the many brown bears that are drawn to the abundant salmon in Brooks Falls. Lookout platforms offer up-close views.

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Anchorage Museum

The museum at Rasmuson Center highlights culture, art and science in a permanent collection depicting 10,000 years of Alaska history. The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center houses more than 600 Alaska Native artifacts.

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A glacier meets the sea at Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

A vast area of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is flanked by high peaks, including Mount Fairweather, and glaciers including the huge Grand Pacific Glacier.

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Ferry crossing a bay near Juneau

Alaska Marine Highway

See Alaska from the water on the Alaska Marine Highway, a vast network of ferries based in Ketchikan. No car is needed – walk or rent a bicycle to explore the pedestrian-friendly port towns.

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Alaska Native Heritage Center

Learn about the state’s 11 major cultures at this Alaska Native museum. Visitors experience Native heritage and history firsthand through stories, song, dance, festivals and educational programs.

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Driving on Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway

Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway

A 217-kilometer stretch of road that takes travelers north from Anchorage through the majestic Talkeetna Mountains, the byway offers some of the state’s most accessible glacier viewing.

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Alaska SeaLife Center

At the Alaska SeaLife Center on the shores of Resurrection Bay, see Steller sea lions, otters and ringed seals as well as octopus and puffins, and learn about marine ecosystems at the research facilities.

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