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A wild and remote state, Alaska holds seemingly countless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is a land full of untamed animals and unforgiving terrain stretching far into the horizon. Alaska is also a land of immense beauty with the ice-covered tundra and celestial dance of the northern lights and adventures that are just waiting for you to enjoy.
Learn how to live and survive in the wilderness by doing a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School.
During your time in this program, you will experience the wilderness of the countryside first hand, hiking mountains and scaling glaciers, while learning core survival skills.
Avid skiers and snowboarders will not want to pass up the opportunity to be flown by helicopter to the summit of a mountain to experience the thrill of jumping out onto the fresh fallen snow.
Skiing and snowboarding at this level is extreme, and not for the faint of heart. Make sure you have the proper skill level before attempting heli-skiing. Also with this or any adventure activity, make sure you have the right level of travel insurance coverage.
Experience the splendor of the Alaskan landscape and watch some of the earth's most powerful creatures in their natural habitat.
Camping close to brown bears is a sensation of both freedom and exhilaration. Seeing these majestic creatures up close without barriers is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event, just make sure you take the proper precautions before pitching that tent.
Mount McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America. Standing at 20,320 feet, the mountain is the center of Denali National Park. People that have the skill can climb to the majestic summit; the rest of us can admire the beauty in is all its glory by trekking to the base of the mountain.
There are no trails in Denali, just natural wilderness full of bears, wolves, moose, and glacier streams. The journey to the mountain is a hardcore adventure in itself, but one any adventure traveler shouldn't miss. Hiking to Mt. McKinley was one of the hardest but most rewarding undertakings of my life; one of those rare travel experiences that becomes an important life event.
See icy glaciers, grand landscapes, and even blue whales from the comfortable view of a train car as you take a tour on the Alaska Railroad.
The journey is affordable and lets you see the vast landscape quickly and comfortably. The train goes past many valleys, lakes, and rivers that are not accessible by road.
A wide variety of whales migrate close to Alaska's coast in the spring. This makes it a perfect time to jump on a boat and head into the frosty seas to witness these gorgeous animals against the backdrop of gigantic glacier walls. During these months, tourists are likely to see humpbacks, orcas, and even blue whales.
For the best view of Alaska, take to the air. Fly over the deep ice chasms and between rocky mountain peaks.
As you soar through the sky, you will gain a fresh appreciation of the stillness in this untouched land from the window of a plane.
Of course, the brilliance of the emerald green and azure blue shades of one of the earth's finest masterpieces should always top the list of any Alaskan adventure.
The Northern Lights are a phenomenon that can only be viewed from a few places in the world. Luckily, Alaska is one of them.
The best time to view the lights is during the winter months when it is the darkest. However, this also means it is the coldest time of the year; bundle up because the Northern Lights are remarkable and surpass all expectations.
Canoeing eliminates the sounds of jet boats and ferries, giving solace while enjoying the sparkling waters.
This is perfect for adventurers who like to relish nature in its tranquil charm. Take in the fresh scents of the crisp air and feel the cool breeze while relaxing on Alaska's exceptional coast.
Zipping through Denali National Park lets you revel in the astonishing surroundings in a unique and exciting way.
Places like the Talkeetna Waterway Valley are some of the most isolated landscapes in North America, and a favorite among zip liners. Feel the rush of nine exhilarating zip lines and three gut-wrenching suspension bridges.
Alaska is one of the most exciting and adventurous states in the USA. The opportunity to stand on top of glaciers, hike in the wilderness, and see exotic animals are just a few reasons why you should travel to Alaska. The state never fails to impress. From the Northern Lights to the mammoth whales swimming off the coast, Alaska's appeal is unmatched.
What are your favorite things to do in Alaska?
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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