Alaska

United States of America
Juneau

America’s Last Frontier is a land of breathtaking wilderness, where mountains, forests and rivers remain untamed and untouched by human hands.

Disappear into the vast expanses of Alaska, one of America’s wildest and most beautiful states. Discover a land of majestic mountain peaks, glaciers tumbling into tranquil fjords and volcanic archipelagos scattered across the ocean. The far-flung state also offers charming towns with strong links to traditional cultures and traditions.

The towns and cities in Alaska have been shaped by the indigenous communities that have lived here for thousands of years. Learn about the Inuit peoples of the Far North in towns such as Barrow or explore cultural sites of the Alutiiq on Kodiak Island. Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center in the city of Anchorage and browse displays that cover centuries of indigenous cultures in Alaska.

Travel to Fairbanks in Interior Alaska for attractions such as Pioneer Park that focus on the gold rush era in the state. Anchorage, the most populated city, and Juneau, the state capital, offer art galleries and museums in sleek 21st-century buildings that display Alaska’s modern side.

Embrace the great outdoors of Alaska. Join a coach trip into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve, which sprawls out around Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, the highest peak in the country. Enjoy adventure sports such as climbing and white-water rafting at destinations such as the Kenai Peninsula or take a boat trip to see the ice floes of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Alaska is a haven for wildlife and you can spot different creatures in every region. Head to Nome to see polar bears during whaling season or visit Kodiak Island and Katmai National Park and Preserve to spot brown and grizzly bears catching salmon. Watch the ocean for whales at any point along the coast and look to the skies at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve to spot America’s national bird soaring through the air.

Airports in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks are the most used points of entry into Alaska. Choose a time of year that suits your travel plans. Summer sees warm days and, in the north, 24 hours of sun. Winter is the time of thick snowfall and the chance to see the aurora borealis, the northern lights.

Popular cities in Alaska

Anchorage which includes a sandy beach and a sunset
Anchorage
Known for Mountains, Hiking and Museums
Known as a great place to see the northern lights, this city also offers many extreme adventures, including snow-kiting and ice-bike racing.

Reasons to visit

  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
  • Alaska Botanical Garden
  • Alyeska Ski Resort
Fairbanks
Fairbanks
Known for Shopping, Tours and Northern lights
See the northern lights, pan for gold like a pioneer or enjoy the spectacular ice festival in Alaska’s rugged but beautiful heart.

Reasons to visit

  • Chena Hot Springs
  • Pioneer Park
  • Creamer's Field
Juneau featuring general coastal views, mountains and a coastal town
Juneau
Known for Excursions, Glaciers and Hiking
Alaska’s capital is a gateway to some of the area’s most spectacular and accessible sights. Walk on ice fields, witness mammoth glaciers and catch sight of humpback whales.

Reasons to visit

  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Tracy Arm Fjord
  • Auke Bay
Seward featuring general coastal views, boating and sailing
Seward
Known for Excursions, Sea and Glaciers
Explore the dynamic harbor in this historic town that is the Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and its snow-capped mountains and lakes.
Ketchikan showing general coastal views and boating
Ketchikan
Known for Excursions, Shopping and River view
See the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles and enjoy some of the best sport fishing in the world in this southeastern Alaskan city.
Sitka which includes mountains, a coastal town and a bay or harbor
Sitka
Known for Hiking, Fishing and Historical
This small town on Alaska’s Inside Passage packs together arts, outdoor recreation, history and wildlife for fantastic vacation activities.