Alaska - The Last Frontier

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Alaska is an amazing state with plenty for you to do. The US purchased Alaska from Russia at a cost of 2 cents/acre in 1867, but it wasn't admitted as a state until 1959. Although this tour covers only a fraction of the state, it will give you a good taste of what Alaska is like. Plan at least 10 days for a trip such as this.

#1 - Anchorage
The heart of Anchorage has a city feel, but the many nearby parks and wooded trails that surround the city give visitors a chance to enjoy the wildlife in their natural habitat. Surprisingly, Anchorage is one of the best places to see moose (arguably better than Denali N.P.), and a decent place for seeing bears. Mudflats created by glacial run off and even Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak, can even be seen from Anchorage.
Coordinants: 61.213742, -149.903641
#2 - Homer Spit
This town can be identified as a fishing village the moment you set foot on its rocky spit (the narrow strip of land extending into the surrounding water). Chartered fishing trips for salmon, rockfish, and (most popular) Halibut help many visitors bring home a souvenir they can eat. Several local restaurants (such as Pattie's) will even cook the fish you catch and serve it to you.
Coordinants: 59.607175, -151.435547
#3 - Whittier
The trip into Whittier is half the excitement. The only way to enter the city by car or train is through a 2.5 mile tunnel under a mountain. This one way tunnel is the longest of its kind and something to marvel at. The city itself is small, though famous for the many surrounding glaciers. If you would like to see glaciers, consider a tour by boat of the area.
Coordinants: 60.773453, -148.685446
#4 - Matanuska Glacier
100 miles from Anchorage, you will find Alaska's largest
road accessible glacier, and for a small fee ($10-$20) you can explore the glacier yourself. This is a much cheaper alternate to taking a chartered helicopter to the top of a glacier. Once you arrive at the glacier, a short board walk will take you across the mud to the glacier. If you are feeling adventurous enough to step off the boards and onto the mud, you will find that you don't sink into the jiggling mud. The top layer of mud forms a water-tight barrier which floats on the lower layers of mud. Since none of the water can seep up through the mud, you can't sink down either. There are no fences and nothing on the glacier is off-limits to its explorers. For an additional fee, you can take a guided tour with proper ice-climbing equipment. The ice will be very slippery and sometimes quite treacherous, but a lot of fun.

Coordinants: 61.772555, -147.752295
#5 - Happy Trails Kennel
Dog Mushing is reserved for only the bravest and most willing to weather the elements. If you are interested in learning more about the sport and meeting some of its stars (the dogs and racers), consider booking a Kennel Tour. This stop is located at Happy Trails Kennel, the home of 4x time winning Iditarod musher Martin Buser, but there are several others in the area.
Coordinants: 61.550810, -149.937195
#6 - Denali National Park
Denali National Park and Preserve is the third largest National Park in the United States and one of the least explored parks. The park is considered a "Trail-less park" since it contains only a handful of trails, but visitors are encouraged to leave the trail and explore nature in its most pristine condition. The park is home to North America's highest peak, Mt. McKinley, though the park was originally created to protect the Dali Sheep, which were overhunted to feed the visiting gold-miners, not the mountain. Although cars are not allowed into the park's interior, a shuttle and tour-bus system provides access to the inner reaches of the park. Be sure to pack food and drink, because you won't find any as you explore the park.
Coordinants: 63.665760, -148.952637
#7 - Fairbanks
Fairbanks comes alive in the winter, but there is also plenty to do in the summer months. With the snow, comes ice carving, dog mushing, and picture perfect views of the northern lights. Though it feels much smaller than Anchorage, Fairbanks has parks, a helpful visitor's center, and several iconic statues. As you explore the city, you can learn its history and how it owes its existence to the gold, coal, and oil which have been mined from Alaska.
Coordinants: 64.842516, -147.714272
#8 - North Pole
North Pole is a touristy town located just outside Fairbanks. Santa greets visitors to a year-round Christmas shop. You will find Santa's 9 reindeer just outside the shop. Don't plan to spend too much time in North Pole, but it's worth a visit if you are nearby
Coordinants: 64.753340, -147.346401

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