If you’re looking for a refreshing vacation away from the bustle and hum of the city, Alaska is the perfect destination for you.
Denali National Park:
You’ll find tranquility in Denali’s 6 million acres of sub-arctic wilderness. Observe a variety of wildlife (from a safe distance, of course) including caribou, Canada lynx, wolves, and grizzly bears. Enjoy over 600 species of beautiful flowering plants. Explore the preserved footprints of various dinosaurs and prehistoric wading birds, as well as the fossils of numerous plants and insects from an ecosystem that existed 65 million years ago. Take a scenic drive or a breathtaking aerial tour of Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in the U.S. View the ethereal Northern Lights, shimmering ribbons of green, red, blue, and violet that form when charged particles from solar flares enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Talkeetna is the largest town in the region, and base camp for climbers who wish to challenge the mountain. The town offers a variety of lodgings, restaurants, and shops selling unique Alaska crafts, sculptures and gifts. There’s even live music every Friday in the central courtyard.
Kenai Fjords National Park:
Dramatic coastal fjords and nearly 40 glaciers make Kenai Fjords, on the edge of the North Pacific Ocean, a must-see destination. The waters are home to sea otters, Steller sea lions, killer whales, and endangered humpback whales. It’s also a bird-watcher’s paradise, home to 191 species of birds, including peregrine falcons, horned puffins, and bald eagles (the American symbol of strength and freedom.) Cruise Resurrection Bay or the Kenai River: fish, camp, hike, mountain bike, mountain climb, scuba dive, go white-water rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The park is open year-round, but primary months are June, July and August.
Between the Kenai Mountains and the coast lies Seward, one of the oldest and most scenic communities in Alaska. Choose between staying in a hotel, lodge, bed-and-breakfast or rent a private cabin and do your own thing.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park:
Experience the 1897-98 gold rush history while enjoying the beauty of Alaska. Get your hands dirty on the Liarsville Gold Rush Stampede, where you will learn the rules of mining, and pan for your own gold on an exciting 30-minute gold rush. Have your newfound wealth weighed and receive a certificate for the current value of your gold (no cash, unfortunately). Enjoy a campfire meal of eggs, steak and blueberry sourdough pancakes. Or partake of the Salmon Bake, so named for the grilled wild salmon at the all-you-can-eat feast. Explore 6 blocks of preserved or restored gold rush era buildings in downtown Skagway, known as the Gateway to the Klondike.
No matter where you decide to spend your Alaskan vacation, you’ll want to carry your clothes, snacks, valuables, and electronics in water resistant, weather-proof baggage. For day trips through the territory, ecbc’s Hercules Laptop Backpack and Lance Executive Daypack are perfectly suited to the task. Both feature TSA-friendly FastPass technology to whisk you through security checkpoints, multiple compartments, padded shoulder straps and self-repairing zippers. The Lance additionally features a sturdy waist belt, rivaling those on technical climbing packs. Add a convenient Portable Power Pack to keep your camera or tablet charged while you spend the day away from modern amenities in America’s beautiful northern frontier.