5 Reasons to Make Alaska Your Next Travel Destination

 

Thinking of your upcoming trip to the US? Why not head up north!

 

 

1.    The World-Famous Alaskan King Crab

 

Crustacean lovers have a lot to look forward to in Kodiak, Anchorage and Ketchikan. Sink your teeth into flavorful Alaskan king crab and Dungeness crab with their traditional delicious herbed lemon butter sauce.

 

 

For more savory seafood, you can help yourself to fresh oysters, crab cakes and fried lobster salad at Seven Glaciers or Alaskan butter clams or battered halibut at F Street Station.

 

2.    Get a Rare Glimpse of Majestic Gray Whales

 

Whale watching is one of the more popular tours in Alaska where no two tours are ever the same. A seal sighting apart from the gray whale thriving in its natural habitat? A humpback whale? People never know what to expect. A little something extra: tour guides suggest you swing by between May and September to get a glimpse of the Orcas (killer whales) or between June and September for the humpback whales’ return to the Inland Passage of Alaska.

 

3.    Glacier Bay National Park

 

Now this is something that should definitely be on your travel bucket list. See the glaciers while they’re still around—and haven’t completely receded. It’s a beautiful, breathtaking sight yet an eerie reminder of global warming’s serious threat.

 

 

 “Scientists are finding that glaciers reveal clues about global warming. How much does our atmosphere naturally warm up between Ice Ages? How does human activity affect climate? Because glaciers are so sensitive to temperature fluctuations accompanying climate change, direct glacier observation may help answer these questions. Since the early twentieth century, with few exceptions, glaciers around the world have been retreating at unprecedented rates. Some scientists attribute this massive glacial retreat to the Industrial Revolution, which began around 1760. In fact, several ice caps, glaciers and ice shelves have disappeared altogether in this century. Many more are retreating so rapidly that they may vanish within a matter of decades.”

 

Via: The National Snow and Ice Data Center

 

4.    Learn about Native American History

 

A historical excursion always makes a vacation worthwhile and in Alaska, you can visit recovered Native American monuments at the Totem Bight State Historical Park.

 

 

“With the growth of non-Native settlements in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900's, and the decline of a barter economy, Natives moved to communities where work was available. The villages and totem poles they left behind were soon overgrown by forests and eroded by weather. In 1938 the U.S. Forest Services began a program aimed at salvaging and reconstructing these large cedar monuments. By using Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) funds to hire skilled carvers from among the older Natives, two things took place: young artisans learned the art of carving totem poles, and totems which had been left to rot in the woods were either repaired or duplicated.”

 

Via: The Alaska Department of Natural Resources

 

5.    Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

 

Get your cameras ready and enjoy 50 acres of well-preserved rainforest gardens at the Glacier Gardens Rainforest in Juneau, Alaska. You can book a tour and get access to a panoramic view of Juneau atop Thunder Mountain, too.

 

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