From seeing of the world's tallest mountains, to exploring glaciers, to getting a glimpse of amazing wildlife, Alaska is the ultimate dream vacation.
The ultimate dream vacation
Alaska is the ultimate dream vacation. But the thing about dreams is that they can be amazing and a little scary.
Watch big, big bears
In parts of Alaska, bears outnumber people by a large margin.
Find the quirky small town
You grew up on Northern Exposure, fascinated by the eccentric small Alaska town? There are plenty to choose from—artsy Homer, cruise-ship-stop Ketchikan. But for the most quirk-for-the-buck, head to the lesser-known Southeast Alaska town of Wrangell.
Meet the first Alaskans
From the Inupiaq on the Arctic coast to the Haida in Southeast, Alaska’s native peoples—who number about 165,000 today—have indelibly shaped the land they call home.
Visit the totem capital
Totem poles are Alaska’s most famous art-form.
See the tallest mountain
In a state of superlatives, Mt. McKinley, in Denali National Park & Preserve, is the most super of all: 20,320 feet of continent-topping grandeur.
Camp in a rugged wonderland
Rugged types can camp at Wonder Lake, at milepost 85 on Park Road.
Take a journey to planet ice
Yes, some are melting fast, but Alaska’s glaciers are still huge and impressive.
Really get away from it all
No other state in the country makes it so easy to get away from everybody: Park the car, grab a tent, start hiking, and you’ll be alone within minutes, even from the outskirts of Anchorage or Fairbanks.
Alaska, even for beginners, is a trip of a lifetime. Here is Sunset’s guide to the coolest glaciers, biggest bears, and the best small town.