Known as America’s ‘Last Frontier,’ Alaska is a vast wilderness of rugged, snow capped mountains, dense evergreen forests and crystal clear lakes and rivers. Drive the highways and back roads and you’ll encounter such wildlife as the majestic bald eagle, powerful black bear and wild moose, caribou and bison. For those looking for an outdoor adventure, Alaska is the ultimate destination with some of the best hiking, camping, fishing and whale watching sites in the world.
The state’s enormous size equals that of Queensland. With an area of 1.8 million square kilometres, Alaska is the largest of the 50 U.S. states. Conversely, Alaska has one of the smallest state populations with less than 800,000 people residing in the huge land mass. A state of many contrasts, Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park is the highest peak in North America and offers majestic vistas for photography and camping while the low level coastal areas provide endless coves and harbours in which to explore.
From the rugged interior to the inviting coastal waters, Alaska is perfect for a leisurely scenic drive or an all out adventure excursion. Famous American naturalist John Muir said of Alaska in the late 1800s, “To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” Little has changed here since that time and the many natural wonders will surely leave an indelible impression on modern day visitors too.
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What do you do when, as a travel writer you can’t get to a destination to experience it for yourself? You send your parents and get them to come home with a blow by blow. My parents recently discovered the wonderful wilderness of the Canadian Rockies and Alaska with APT.
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