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National parks are set to be the next big travel trend among experiential holidaymakers and you can’t get much more wild than an Alaskan adventure. The state’s most populous city, Anchorage, extends from the lowland coast to the foothills of Chugach Mountains, and is a whopping 9.5 hours away by plane from nearly 90% of the industrialised world – this is the definition of a road less travelled.
The cold air is spiced with the scent of alder and the isolation brings a raw, folksy vibe to the city, which acts as a launchpad for exploring this hard-nut state’s parks, such as Denali, home to grizzly bears, wolves, moose and caribou.
When to go?
Although the colder months offer an icy schedule, visit in late summer when the more forgiving temperatures allow for arctic biking, camping, touring the fjords of Prince William Sound and whale watching in the southeast.
Who to take with you?
This definitely isn’t a conventional sun and sea kind of holiday, so opt for a pal who doesn’t mind getting active in cooler climates.
Most likely to bump into?
Wild moose. With a population of approximately 1,500, expect to see them everywhere from the streets to someone’s back garden.
A train ride along the Turnagain Arm, a spectacular waterway within the Chugach Mountains. On the way back, stop for some dog-sledding through the artic valleys, picking wild berries along the way.
How to get there
Fly direct to Anchorage International Airport, then take a seaplane to get a birds-eye view of the city.
Essentials to bring with you
Thermals, a backpack and a pair of good walking boots which can take some mileage for your outdoor adventures.
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