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Ice and frigid waters make Alaskan wakeboarding a serious adventure.

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Skiers in Alaska await the heli-ski

12 Things To Do in Alaska

Discover all that Alaska has to offer, including the northern lights, heli-skiing, king crab fishing and breathtaking road trips.
Skiing

Skiing

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Snowboarding

Snowboarding

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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Rafting

Rafting

A must-see when in Alaska: glaciers! There are a handful of expeditions offered by different tour companies throughout Alaska, including a one-day rafting trip down the Matanuska River that lets riders disembark for a half-day or full-day trek on the Matanuska Glacier. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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Northern Lights

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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Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Located outside Fairbanks, 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 one of four rooms made of ice! 960 1280

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Riverboat Discovery

Riverboat Discovery

Get an authentic taste of Alaska with Riverboat Discovery, a three-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 four-time Iditarod champion's home and kennels. Tours are offered May through September. 960 1280

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Tanana Valley Railroad

Tanana Valley Railroad

Craving a bit of that old gold rush history? Visit Fairbanks, for a two-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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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

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. 960 1280

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Fishermen's Tour

Fishermen's Tour

Thanks to the hit TV show "Deadliest Catch," the fishermen of the Bering Sea are practically celebrities. For three 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 four hours south to Ketchikan, or choose the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour as your next Alaskan cruise excursion. 960 1280

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Brown Bears

Brown Bears

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

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Take a Cruise

Take a Cruise

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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Adrenaline Rush

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9 Getaways for Adventure-Seekers

From scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef to canyon-jumping in France, take extreme travel to a whole new level on these 9 amazing adventure vacations.
Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Go deep under the sea and explore the world's largest reef system on a scuba trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's seven natural wonders.
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Heli-Skiing in Alaska

Heli-Skiing in Alaska

In the mood for some heart-stopping fun? Super-advanced ski and board hounds head to Alaska for heli-skiing, the planet's most extreme winter-sports experience. 960 1280

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Camel Caravan in the Sahara

Camel Caravan in the Sahara

Climb aboard a camel caravan for a trek across the expansive Sahara Desert for an unforgettable adventure. Just make sure to wear sun screen, the desert sun is not something to play with. 960 1280

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Climb Up Mount Everest

Climb Up Mount Everest

A place of wonder, mystery and legend, Mount Everest beckons climbers from all over the world. Set off on a hiking expedition to the top of Nepal's most beautiful, and the world's tallest, mountain. 960 1280

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Canyon-Jumping in France

Canyon-Jumping in France

Go for an extreme adrenaline rush as you fly through the air on a canyon-jumping adventure over Bourne Gorges at Vercors Regional Natural Park in France.

 

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Enjoy an African Safari

Enjoy an African Safari

Get up close and personal with nature's most beautiful creatures on an African safari. And be on the lookout for the 'Big Five': lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and cape buffaloes.
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White-Water Rafting in Arizona

White-Water Rafting in Arizona

There are many ways to experience the expansive beauty of Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, but a wild white-water rafting adventure is the most extreme by far. 960 1280

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Running With the Bulls in Spain

Running With the Bulls in Spain

There are things to do before you die and then there are things that might actually bring on an untimely end. Trying to outrun a very angry, half-ton beast with sharp horns during Spain's Running of the Bulls is probably high on the list of life-endangering adventures. 960 1280

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Rock Climbing Over the Kullen Sea

Rock Climbing Over the Kullen Sea

Take ultimate rock climbing to a whole new level by scaling rocks high above the churning Kullen Sea in Sweden. 960 1280

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About the Show

In Alaska, where the average temperature is 26 degrees, water play is an adrenaline-fueled ice bath! Don't look for manmade water slides here, Alaskan water parks come naturally. This special will follow local Alaskan fun-seekers as they turn the state's aquatic landscape into a playground for everything from polar bear plunging to snowmobile water-skipping to iceberg wake-boarding.

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