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Alaska Holidays 2019/2020
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Let’s start with some facts to show the overwhelming scale of America’s largest – yet most sparsely populated - state. Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in America, 3,000 rivers, over 3 million lakes, over 100 volcanoes and more than half of the world’s glaciers. Not only is it less than 50 miles from Russia, but it’s even possible – in theory anyway – to walk there at certain times of the year. A less awesome fact, but interesting nonetheless, is that Alaska is the only state that can be spelt using just one row of a keyboard.
The main pull to Alaska is the incredible eco-system and diverse geographical terrains, from watching a pod of whales, waiting for them to breach the surface, to elusive grizzly bears (many of which weigh well over a ton), puffins, bald eagles, moose, seals and polar bears. Discover Glacier Bay for incredible fjords and Mount Fairweather, or Denali National Park to discover North America’s tallest mountain.
One of the most popular ways to visit Alaska is on a cruise, many of which start in Vancouver or Seattle and take you through the Inside Passage, the 400-mile network of waterways that snake through remote islands, pristine waters, spectacular coastline and thousands of coves and bays. These cruises, operated by some of the most well-known and respected cruise lines, will take you to charming ports of call such as Skagway, still with vestiges of its Gold Rush history, and Sitka, with its Russian heritage still proudly on display. You can also visit Ketchikan, rich in wildlife and glimmering snowcapped mountains, and Juneau, the only state capital in America not accessible by road.
The shore excursion programmes are nothing short of spectacular, and can include flightseeing over the Misty Fjords, whale-watching, a jaw-dropping trip on the White Pass Railroad (an historic narrow gauge railway – a must-do on a clear day), ziplining, Four Glaciers by helicopter and dog-sledding. While out on deck, keep an eye out for whales and for glaciers calving, when thousands of tons of ice can be sheared off a vast glacier and go crashing into the icy waters below.