January 16th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards
You wouldn’t think a person would need many reasons to visit Alaska but then again, why would you go? Isn’t it just snow, beards, and moose? Au contraire, mon frere!
When most folks who’ve never been here think of Alaska, they tend to picture a snow-covered landscape populated by bears, moose, and men on dogsleds. While you can certainly find those things here, Alaska is so much more!
You have to realize how large the state is. Alaska, to put it mildly, is HUGE. Texas loves to tout its size but – sorry Texas – Alaska is bigger. WAY bigger. Like almost 400,000 square miles bigger!
6,640 miles of that is coastline. If you count the state’s islands, it adds up to 33,904 miles of shoreline – one of the many great reasons to visit Alaska! With that many miles, you would imagine the coast to be pretty diverse – and it is! Alaska has sandy beaches, rocky and forested coasts, “civilized” beaches, and, of course, glaciers.
Glaciers are another one of the great reasons to visit Alaska. Watching one calve into the sea is an amazing experience. So is walking atop a glacier and peering down into its deep, blue crevasses!
Alaska isn’t all glacier, though. Sure, there’s lots of snow and it does tend to be colder but we also have tons of green. Not just green, either but vast fields of wildflowers and other colorful, beautiful flora.
And mountains! Oh my, yes, Alaska has mountains. Denali, America’s tallest peak, resides here. Formerly known as Mount McKinley, Denali rises to a stunning height of 20,320 feet!
All this stunning, vast wilderness must have life in it and, indeed, Alaska is teeming with amazing wildlife. Kodiak bears. Bald eagles. Dall sheep. Musk Ox. Seals, whales, moose, salmon, mountain goats, wolves – the list goes on!
So yes. Sure: a lot of the state is untamed wilderness, most in fact (one of the best reasons to visit Alaska, I would think) but not all of it is!
Did you know, for example, that Skagway, a small Alaska mining town, had electricity before New York City? It’s true!
Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and other Alaskan cities may not be as big as the bustling metropoles of the lower 48 but they’re not shanty towns, either! They’re real cities with restaurants, shops, galleries, theaters, museums, and more. Besides, the seafood is fresh and to die for – and the shopping is tax-free!
While Alaska boasts the lowest population density of any state, there are plenty of people here and have been for a long time. In fact, the rich, cultural history of Alaska’s natives is another great reason to visit!
So Many Great Reasons To Visit Alaska
I could go on (and on, and on, and on) about the many great reasons to visit Alaska but instead I think I’ll let you know of a great way to visit Alaska – and that’s via Alaska Adventure Unlimited!
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