Situated to the northwest of Canada, Alaska is the largest city in the United States of America. Despite its huge size, this mountainous state is actually the most sparsely populated state in the United States due to its extreme weather conditions and location. However, this, in turn, gives way to a lot of huge open spaces, tons of wildlife, forests and a number of small villages full of character. All of these make Alaska a great place to travel to. Due to its proximity to the ocean and the slow-moving life, the best way to explore this beautiful state is to embark on a cruise to Alaska. It is simply a great destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking etc., but the true beauty of Alaska lies in the destinations. Here are three places which you must visit to experience Alaska in its true glory.
One of the most beautiful places that you can visit when you travel to Alaska is the city of Fairbanks. It is the largest city in the Alaskan interior region and the second most populated metropolitan area in the state of Alaska. If you are a lover of nature and natural wonders, then Fairbanks is the city which will win your heart right away. Along with the numerous snow clad mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and wildlife, it is particularly the sky that will engulf you with its divine beauty. Situated at the latitude of 64 degrees north, the sky of Fairbanks has a life of its own. From the captivating aurora borealis, the enchanting midnight sun, to sunsets and sunrises that last forever – you can experience so many natural phenomena from Fairbanks that this city will surely fall in the list of must-visit places when you travel to Alaska.
Located in the south-central part, Anchorage is the largest city in the state of Alaska. The huge city is a must visit place for all the travellers of Alaska who want to learn about the history and culture of this beautiful state. Anchorage is particularly popular for the numerous cultural sites it has in store for you. Especially the Alaska Native Heritage Centre, which is a great place for you to learn all about the traditional crafts, arts, stage dance forms and the indigenous people of this region. This city acts as a gateway to the various wilderness areas located nearby as well. You can also enjoy various outdoor activities such as cycling, cross-country skiing, hiking etc. while you spend your time here.
Denali National Park and Preserve
Spread across six million acres, the pristine landscape of Denali National Park and Preserve is rich with relatively low-elevation taiga forests, high alpine tundra and snowy mountains. The wild lands of this national park are abundant with wildlife, and it is one of the must-visit places in Alaska if you want to see the various wildlife in their natural habitats. The park is also home to the tallest peak of North America, Denali.