The Great Land: Alaska

The beauty and majesty of Alaska entices visitors for a rejuvenating vacation away from it all.  Marvel at the breathtaking sights that greet you at every turn while enjoying unforgettable adventures in the last great frontier.

There's so much to see and do in Alaska, always against a backdrop of overwhelming natural beauty. Whether you take a cruise, a land tour or combine both, you are in for the scenic journey of a lifetime when you visit this amazing state.

Alaska's vast wilderness will amaze you as you discover glaciers, hike the rainforests and the tundra, go wildlife viewing and explore the fascinating culture of Alaska's native people.

Active adventures abound with everything from sea kayaking in peaceful sounds to riding the world's largest Ziprider at Icy Strait Point. You'll definitely want to get out of town and enjoy the wilderness to see the real Alaska. Authentic natural experiences will have you renewed and refreshed for your return home! For more, take a look at the 10 exhilarating Alaskan activities in this month's Top Ten list.

There's an active culinary scene as well, understandable given the incredible fresh seafood which is readily available. Don't miss an outdoor salmon bake, trying King Crab and halibut cooked with local berries while sampling those interesting craft beers that are being produced here.

Glaciers are always the highlight of any journey to Alaska. Whether you cruise close to a tide water glacier to watch it calve, visit one of the many glaciers accessible by land or take a helicopter flight to visit a glacier dog sled camp, you will create some rare and unforgettable memories unique to this incredible state.

You'll be equally impressed by Alaska's 11 major cultural groups. Learn the history, watch craftsman at work and enjoy local cuisine at many outstanding cultural centers including the totem pole parks at Ketchikan, Sitka's Indian Cultural Center, and the many cultural displays at Icy Strait Point. The jewel in the crown is the outstanding Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, a gathering place which celebrates native language, heritage and tradition.

Alaska certainly is a unique and wondrous place that offers visitors a range of unusual and special experiences, just right for a rewarding and rejuvenating vacation.

Photo: Prince William Sound, Alaska
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