Top 5 reasons to check out Alaska
It is challenging to write a list of only 5 reasons to check out Alaska when there are so many reasons to see this beautiful part of North America. As the largest state in the country, it is a place that encompasses some of the wildest terrain in the world, and some of the most beautiful. Here are 5 reasons to check out Alaska.
Because of its wild terrain there are a lot less people in Alaska than there are in other states of the U.S. As a result, the wildlife has been able to get more of a foot hold there than anywhere else in the world. Not only does the state boast the world’s largest bear species, the Kodiak Brown Bear, living on Kodiak Island in Alaska, but it home to a huge concentration of bald eagles. One animal that you certainly won’t miss while visiting Alaska are moose as they are everywhere, including in the city of Anchorage!
The Native American history of the area goes back to well beyond white settlers came to dig up the gold that was discovered by a Native American man named Keish and his travelling companions, in 1896. For hundreds of years the native peoples called it home and moved through the area on their nomadic travels. There are still authentic native sites that are open for people to visit, including the village of Tlingit, of Klawock where visitors can learn about the traditional carving of totem poles.
This mountainous region of America is one of the most breathtaking in the world with its miles of open, expansive space. Because there are a lot less people in the state than anywhere else, you will be sure to find a moment where you are the only person around and can connect with the place one to one (unless a bear comes by to see what you are doing there!)
Denali National Park
Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 tallest peaks in North America. Mt McKinley, the highest peak of the 20, is situated within the Denali National Park. The mountain, which is known locally as Denali, features in Native American culture, of which the name Denali means “Great One” in Abathascan (the Native American language of the area). The park is home to a huge number of wildlife, local flora and fauna and is a must see on your Alaskan visit.
Your adventure of the world would not be complete without seeing some of the magnificent glaciers and Alaska is one place that has thousands. In fact, it has over 100,000 glaciers across the state! The Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is home to many of these and a visit to the park will allow you the opportunity to see some of them and witness as they “calve”. Calving happens when the sea water gets under the ice front of the glacier and huge blocks of ice break off and crash into the water below. For info about cruises to Alaska check out the Cruiseabout website.
By Natalie Brown