America’s largest state is more than twice the size of Texas and is quite simply somewhere absolutely everybody should visit at some stage in their life.
Alaska is as close to the last frontier as you’ll get in the modern world and it is populated by hardy folk especially beyond the largest cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
Nevertheless, regardless of whether you are travelling on the fabulous Alaskan Railroad, the Dalton Highway (of Ice Road Truckers fame) or on a small-ship cruise, you are assured of the warmest of warm welcomes.
Alaska in winter and Alaska in summer is like two separate states.
Winter can be pretty harsh at times but brings thrilling adventures such as dog sledding and hunting for the Northern Lights. The most famous dog sledding race in the world, the Iditarod always has its ceremonial start in Anchorage on the first Saturday in March. The city buzzes with excitement and enthusiasm for what is trademarked “The Last Great Race”. It sums up Alaska and Alaskans in that it’s all about man and beast against the toughest of terrains and, very often, the harshest weather imaginable.
In summer, Alaska’s national parks are a riot of colour and wildlife. Lying below the snow-capped peaks of North America’s highest peak, Denali, the Chugach Mountains or the Brookes Ranges; it is country that just lends itself to hiking on land or canoeing on the many waterways. The coast is possibly best explored on a small-ship cruise which allows the vessel to explore places that large cruise liners can’t reach. Watch out for glacier ice calving into the still waters of Prince William Sound as a sea eagle soars overhead...only in Alaska!