Alaska travel and weather are two very important considerations for a trip to this area. Everyone has an image of Alaska that probably involves pristine wilderness with large mountains. There is much more to Alaska than just this, as it literally has something to suit everyone. There is of course the wildlife and the wonderful scenery, but there are also cities to be explored, cultural tours, whale watching, hiking, mountain biking and fishing.
Alaska is the least densely populated state in America. It is also the most northerly and was the second to last state to be created. It borders British Columbia in Canada and the Yukon. Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in the United States.
Evidence points to Alaska as the first state to have human occupation. The first European to land was a Russian named Aleksei Ilyich Chirikov, in seventeen forty one, and the state was then occupied by Russia until they sold it to America in eighteen sixty seven. It was not made into a state until nineteen fifty nine.
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, with a population of just under three hundred thousand. It is one of the most northerly cities in the world. It has many restaurants and a healthy music scene. There are also museums and theatres and all the amenities that you would expect from a city of this size.
There is wilderness all around Anchorage, so you can go hiking and fishing just outside the boundaries of the city. When the snow comes then Anchorage has ski trails, dog sled trails and skating rinks. It makes a good base for a vacation in Alaska as there are many activities available just a short distance from the city.
There are many different species of wildlife in Alaska, and there are many trips available for wildlife viewing. Alaska has polar bears, grizzly bear, killer whales and humpbacked whales, as well as moose, lynx and wolves. The trips vary as to destination and the wildlife that might be viewed.
There are many opportunities for fishing, and there are all different kinds of fishing readily available. There is fresh water fishing, salt water fishing, fly fishing, and ice fishing to be found. You can just fish from the side of the road, or hire a float plane or a boat if you want to go somewhere more remote. There are lots of different kinds of lodgings to be found, ranging from the luxurious to the more back to nature kind.
There are lots of great hiking trails to be attempted, with difficulty levels to accommodate everyone. You can hike as part of a guided tour or on your own. Do make sure that you are properly equipped if going alone. There are lots of opportunities for mountain biking, and again there are trails that vary in levels of difficulty. Glacier hiking can provide a completely different experience, with all the equipment being provided on these guided tours.
Contrary to popular belief, Alaska weather during the summer need not be a chilly experience as the temperatures can comfortably reach eighty degrees Fahrenheit. The evenings and mornings are a lot cooler than this. Once late August arrives then the evenings tend to draw in and the temperatures start to drop. Dressing in layers is the best way to stay comfortable, so have a look at the weather forecast then go have fun.
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