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See Alaska

By Jennideep Hayre

Posted: 23rd October 2012 09:35

Being the largest state of the USA and at the northern edge of the Pacific Ocean, Alaska is a vast populated land that boasts breath-taking natural beauty, diverse wildlife and is every adventure-seeking and snow lover’s paradise.

Things To See / Do In Alaska

Alaska’s adventurous activities range from skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, rock-climbing, biking, kayaking, hunting and fishing.  You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing in Alaska with several types of fishing on offer such as: deep sea fishing, saltwater fishing, fly-fishing, fresh water fishing and ice fishing. 

Take a flight-seeing tour to experience and explore Alaska’s beautiful landscape and magnificent animals – Alaska has around 100, 000 glaciers, 3 million lakes, 3,000 rivers, 15 national parks, 17 of the USA’s 20 highest peaks, mountains and rainforests.  If you enjoy walking the hiking tour will be more your cup of tea to see the copious number of humpback whales, moose, grizzly bears, wolves, deer, polar bears and birds in their natural habitats. 

Travelling To Alaska      

Alaska is more affordable and less busy when visiting during off-peak months – like April/May or September/October which are called the “shoulder seasons” – when hotels and tour operators offer discounted travel prices around this time and weather conditions are more favourable.   

There are a variety of ways to get to Alaska by air travel, railroad, highway, ferry or cruise but travelling between different regions can be costly and you can never see several places all at once so stick to one area which offers you the best activities and attractions that interest you the most.

Useful Things To Know

Alaska has very unpredictable weather, even worse than Britain.  In the summer season one day you could find yourself basking in the warm sunshine with hot temperatures whereas the next day there could be torrential rainfall with strong winds so be prepared and take appropriate clothing.  Be sure to take strong insect repellent as the Alaskan mosquitoes can be fierce especially during the summer so wear neutral clothes and avoid using strong perfume or deodorant. 

Haggling is accepted in some Alaskan shops so take for example a souvenir – which you’d like to take home as a memento of your trip – seems too expensive don’t be afraid to barter down the price. 

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