The Klondike Gold Rush at Skagway. The oil gush at Fairbanks. The epic rail journey to Anchorage. National parks like Denali and Sitka. Towns like King Salmon and the remote Aleutian Islands. What will surprise you most about Alaska?
That the state of Alaska has 16 of the 20 tallest mountains in the United State, and that almost half the world’s glaciers are to be found here. Those facts will probably not be much of a surprise to you. After all, the USA’s 49th state has always conjured up images of rugged beauty, white wildernesses and vast distances.
But did you realise that Alaska’s rainforest is the world’s second largest? It’s rivalled only by South America’s Amazon. And did you know that the state has more shoreline than both the east and west coasts of America combined? About 34,000 miles of it.
Make Alaska part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to America and be prepared to be amazed. By the whiteness and wind-carved ice sculptures of glaciers like Inside Passage, Juneau and Southeast Panhandle. By the wild richness of Denali National Park and Sitka National History Park. By the sheer, mile-after-mile of breath-taking beauty you’ll witness on the scenic railway journey from the centre of the state all the way up to Anchorage.
And, of course, by the colourful past of towns like Skagway, that was an important staging point for the hopeful prospectors during the infamous Klondike Gold Rush.