Take a second and think about Alaska, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
Snow-covered mountains? Siberian huskies? Sarah Palin?
All are relevant, but many travelers would be surprised to find that the Last Frontier is much more than a Canadian-connected land mass with a chilly climate, a whole lot of wildlife and an attention-hungry former governor.
The 49th state not only boasts an incredible array of adventurous activities, but also a rich history that colorfully depicts our country's past.
For instance, did you know that the small gold mining town of Skagway Alaska had electricity before New York City? Or that its capital city, Juneau, is home to more miles of trails than road. (In fact, the city is only accessible by boat or plane.)
It's true. And there are plenty more intriguing Alaskan facts where those came from. Add that to the fact that Alaska is home to some of the country's most breathtaking terrains, all just waiting to be explored, and you've got more than enough reason to visit this extraordinary American state.
Before I was I offered the opportunity to visit, I'm not sure if I would have ever considered a trip to Alaska on my own. But now that I've witnessed its lush landscapes and the astounding abundance of adventures the area has to offer, I can't wait to go back.
I saw more than I could have imagined in four days, but there's also so much that I didn't get to explore and I can only guess that with more time the experience only gets better.
Instead of planning a typical warm-weather getaway for your next trip, consider the following reasons why you might decide to make a trek to Alaska instead.
You've never seen mountains like this before.
I know I honed in on this point several times already, but I'll remind you just once more; the views you'll witness while cursing around this state are incomparable to anything you've ever seen before. Alaska takes mountainous terrain to an entirely new level and the pointy peaks that go on for miles and miles will leave you feeling inspired and humbled all at once.
Form flightseeing to wildlife watching and dog-sledding to world class fishing, Alaska offers travelers the opportunity to partake in truly unique activities. Some highlights include kayaking excursions in Kenai Fjords National Park, Skagway’s quaint and historic frontier-style Main Street and heliskiing adventures in Haines.