Destination Spotlight: Your Arctic Adventure Awaits! (Alaska)

"In these unprecedented times we know that your travel plans are up in the air.

But don’t worry. Our mountains will wait. Our wildlife will wait.

Our glaciers will wait. Alaska will wait.

We want you to dream now, and travel later.

Alaska will wait, for you."

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Today we’ll explore an 8-day itinerary through the beautiful Interior region of Alaska.

Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, lies between the mountains and the sea and yet is no stranger to the wilderness. There is no other urban area like it. Anchorage is a place with big-city amenities: fine restaurants, museums, theaters and an excellent music scene.

Deep in the heart of Prince William Sound and surrounded by some of the world’s tallest coastal mountains is Valdez, a city of 4,498 residents in a remarkably picturesque setting. The heart of Valdez, like so many other coastal towns in Alaska, is its small boat harbor clustered along its waterfront. From there, the town stretches about a dozen walkable blocks back toward the mountains and Mineral Creek Canyon while nearby Egan Drive, Valdez’s equivalent to Main Street, turns into the Richardson Highway and heads north for Thompson Pass.

Fairbanks is one of Alaska’s best year-round destinations, and visitors will find plenty to do whether they come for the long, warm summer days or to watch spectacular northern lights displays color the night sky in winter. A wide range of activities are available, including shopping the many art galleries filled with pottery, painting, textiles and Alaska Native art and jewelry; rafting or kayaking the meandering Chena River; golfing; fishing; snowmobiling; enjoying tours and attractions like Pioneer Park that celebrate the town’s gold history; cross-country and Alpine skiing; wildlife viewing; soaking in hot springs; or even enjoying a locally brewed beer. 

*Take a digital dog sled ride through Fairbanks on this 360-degree virtual tour, by our friends at Explore Fairbanks:

Denali National Park and Preserve is one of Alaska’s most visited parks for one big reason – it is home to Denali, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet. Visitors flock from around the world to see the mountain and experience the park’s 6 million acres of wilderness. The park is located in Interior Alaska near the small town of Healy. It is accessible via the George Parks Highway, which connects Anchorage and Fairbanks, and on the Alaska Railroad, whose tracks roughly parallel the highway.

The Alaska Railroad stretches 470 miles from Seward in the south to Fairbanks in the north. The train operates two main daily routes in the summer: a southern route between Seward and Anchorage and a northern route between Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali, and Fairbanks. On many trains, you have a choice of two classes: the railroad's basic Adventure class, and the more upscale GoldStar Class, which offers full-service dining and intricate décor. 


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