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Land of Majestic Natural Beauty

Pause to witness massive glaciers calving, hike breathtaking trails in Denali National Park, fish for salmon on Bristol Bay, snap photos of Mount McKinley — North America's highest peak — or quietly kayak on Prince William Sound. It's hard not to be humbled by so many natural wonders.

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Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski
Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski

Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski

One of the more popular sports in Alaska is skiing on virgin terrain, but these remote locations are accessible only via heli-ski. Head to the Chugach Mountains in southwest Alaska with Points North Heli-Adventures as your guide. 960 1280

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Snowboarder jumps in the air

Snowboarder jumps in the air

Professional snowboarders flock to the Valdez region for the purest powder. But this adrenaline rush is suitable only for expert snowboarders or skiers: There are no ski lifts or training sessions in these mountains. 960 1280

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A raft goes by large glaciers in the river

A raft goes by large glaciers in the river

A must-see when in Alaska: glaciers! There are a handful of expeditions offered by different tour companies throughout Alaska, including a 1-day rafting trip down the Matanuska River that lets riders disembark for a half-day or full-day trek on the Matanuska Glacier.

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Raft alongside a river bank

Raft alongside a river bank

White-water rafters get their kicks on the Hulahula River, from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has information on camping, rafting and backpacking tours.

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camp site and the Northern Lights

camp site and the Northern Lights

Alaska's northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are spectacular to view in the colder months of winter, although they’re still visible — and beautiful — in spring. Grab the camping gear, pitch a tent and experience aurora borealis outside the city limits, away from artificial light. 960 1280

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A person wades in the hot springs

A person wades in the hot springs

Located outside Fairbanks, AK, Chena Hot Springs has been a must-see destination for more than 100 years because of its "healing" mineral-water hot springs. Another crowd favorite on the property is the Aurora Ice Bar at the Aurora Ice Museum, where visitors can stay in 1 of 4 rooms made of ice! 960 1280

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Riverboat Discovery steam boat

Riverboat Discovery steam boat

Get an authentic taste of Alaska with Riverboat Discovery, a 3-hour tour on and off a traditional steamboat that travels down the "backwoods" of Alaska. Stops along the way include a Chena Indian village walking tour, a bush pilot demonstration and storytelling about the important role that bush pilots play in Alaska, along with a visit to a 4-time Iditarod champion's home and kennels. Tours are offered May through September.

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Tanana Valley Railroad stream train

Tanana Valley Railroad stream train

Craving a bit of that old gold rush history? Visit Fairbanks, AK, for a 2-hour tour of the El Dorado Gold Mine. Get a brief history about the mine on board the Tanana Valley Railroad stream train as it winds its way through the country’s valley and hills. When it reaches the mine, you’ll have an opportunity to pan for gold. 960 1280

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View along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

View along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Take in the beautiful views of Anchorage, AK, along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The trail is roughly 11 miles long. Start in the city of Anchorage, at West Second Avenue, near the railroad station, and head south until the trail ends at Kincaid Park. It’s open year-round.

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Bearing Sea crab fisherman's boat the Aleutian Ballad

Bearing Sea crab fisherman's boat the Aleutian Ballad

Thanks to the hit TV show Deadliest Catch, the fishermen of the Bering Sea are practically celebrities. For 3 hours, get a small taste of what life is like on the Bering Sea — minus the danger. See king crabs up-close, spot whales and more. From Anchorage, fly 4 hours south to Ketchikan, or choose the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour as your next Alaskan cruise excursion.

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Brown Bear

Brown Bear

Visit Katmai National Park and Preserve, located in King Salmon, AK, to see one of the highest concentrations of brown bears in North America. There are a handful of bear-viewing Natural Habit Adventures, that offer service to Katmai, which is accessible by plane or boat. 960 1280

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Cruiseline passes a glacier

Cruiseline passes a glacier

Take a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage region, reaching as far south as Ketchikan and heading north past Sitka and Juneau. Then, before reaching the quaint town of Skagway, you can visit Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and see the immense Mendenhall Glacier nearby. 960 1280

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