Alright, when you think of Alaska, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Igloos? Cold weather? Sarah Palin?
How about beauty? How about wonder? Alaska is one of the most amazing places to visit on earth. Many of its visitors are left awe struck with its natural beauty.
The 49th state celebrated its 50th year as part of the union on January 3rd of this year. It is the most densely populated state, with only 686,293 residents.
Most of the population live within Anchorage (shown above), the largest city in the state. Other Alaska residents live in Fairbanks and Juneau, the state’s capitol.
One of Alaska’s big events is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (shown above), usually just called the “Iditarod”. It’s an annual sled dog race, where mushers and teams of typically 16 dogs cover 1,161 miles (1,868 km) in eight to fifteen days from Willow (near Anchorage) to Nome. The event takes place in March and brings sled racers from around the world.
Probably the most fascinating place to visit is the Denali National Park and Preserve (shown below).
Located north of Alaska, Denali Park is the home of Mount McKinley, the largest mountain in north American and the third largest in the world.
The entire park is larger than the state of Massachusetts. The park is the home to grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep, bald eagles and moose all year round. Migratory birds and wildflowers grace its summer slopes. It’s pristine setting makes it one of the most sensitive natural land areas.
For more information, go to the official website at the National Parks Servicehttp://www.nps.gov/dena/.
Whether it’s on a cruise ship, by plane or by RV, you’ll be sure to be amazed by Alaska’s vast beauty.