Your search for the idyllic El Dorado on earth might remain elusive but if you want to experience heaven on earth first-hand, then make plans for sightseeing in Alaska. Alaska as the least populated and largest US state remains virtually untapped. If its beaches for your vacation, Maldives can be the islands to be but when it comes to mountains, Alaska offers some of the best views in the world today. This means you could have a free run in exploring its vast and almost virgin territories comprising forests, Arctic tundra, ice-capped mountains, glacial lakes and rivers, and its verdant, pollution free cities.
- Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park situated to the west of Alaskan capital Juneau epitomizes the state’s magnificent natural splendor. Exotic flora and fauna makes Glacier Bay a hotspot for globetrotting tourists. As long as you stay here, you’ll always have mountain goats, caribous, and black bears to keep company with. There are a range of adventurous and thrilling outdoor activities including but not limited to kayaking, fishing, and rafting.
2. Denali National Park
Denali in local parlance stands for ‘the high one’ which also is the indigenous name of Mt. McKinley-the loftiest peak in ‘The Rocky Mountains’ chain in North America. You’ll never be able to tour the entire park with an area of 6-million acres in a single trip. The national park is a treasure trove of topographical features including kettles, glaciers, horns, cols, and moraines. The national reserve is replete with a rich variety of wild animals that’ll appeal equally to adults and children.
3. Kenai Fjords National Park
Though the Kenai Fjords National Park is located in the close vicinity of Seward-a city of the Kenai Peninsula Borough-you’ll feel lost once you venture deep into the dense pine forests. The park gets its name from the glaciers numbering 38 in total that form breathtaking fjords. The spot is a must-see not only for its breathtaking natural vistas but also for its teeming wild life.
4. Alaska Inside Passage
The Alaska Inside Passage has a serpentine stretch starting from Puget Sound in Washington D.C. going along British Columbia in Canada meandering through a cluster of islands before ending its run in Alaska. The entire passage is ideal for canoeing and kayaking
5. Mendenhall Glacier
Located just on the outskirts of Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier is easily one of Alaska’s most visited natural wonders. Archaeological studies have evidenced its glacial retreat-the formation of Mendenhall Lake. The area is also home to a pristine forest discovered not very long ago that enables scientists and historians to probe the region’s past.