The nations 49th state and one of the most remote places you can go on US soil. It’s about 1/5th the size of the lower 48 at 570,374 square miles, yet has a population of under 650,000 (estimated for 2003). The people were incredibly friendly (for being so isolated, that is!), food (such as the famous Copper River Salmon) some of the best we’ve had and photo opportunities abundant. Here you'll find:
Denali National Park, a 6 million acre, Massachusett-size animal preserve to see occupants from arctic ground squirrels to grizzly bears and mountain goats.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, including Copper River, flowing 300 miles from Copper Glacier to Prince William Sound to view glaciers and wildlife.
College and Harriman Fjords, Surprise Glacier and Glacial Bay, where we experienced Sea Otters swimming among the glaciers and the calving of huge chunks of glacial ice being swallowed by the Fjord. There are over 100,000 glaciers in Alaska!
Skagway, an historic Goldrush town of under 1,000 residents and the Tongass National Forest, the nations largest at 17 million acres.
Juneau, Alaska’s capital of about 30,000 residents, and accessible by train, plane or water – but no connecting highways. We hiked through a magnificient rainforest with views of Mendenhall Glacier. The forest grows in size every year as the glacier recedes.
The Island of Ketchikan, thought of as Alaska’s First City. We’ll see Bald Eagles, famous totem poles, and the Guard Island Lighthouse.