Alaska is the call of the adventurous wilderness: Even the city's biggest city dwellers are going to rush off in Alaska before surreal prospects of the state, the bucolic beauty, the abundance of wildlife and the emerald forestry plunge? Here are a few unmissable gems that make your heart beat faster. (Can not drive to Alaska? Consider an adventure in Boulder, Colorado instead.)
Get a runner up in Fairbanks.
This city is affectionately referred to as the Golden Heart of Alaska (due to its central geographical location). Famous for dog music, serene northern lights and extreme temperatures (-40 ° C to 100 ° F), it was once the largest city thanks to the gold rush of the 1890s.
Travel to Fairbanks to step into the high gear of the Ultra Equinox Marathon. As one of the most demanding races in the country, Ester Dome races up and down with a 3,285 foot drop. You will certainly feel the burning, but the long steps are worth it. Not for 26.2? You can choose to do the race solo or as a team. It takes place every September and the exact date is always autumn (21st September). (Or consider running any of these bucket lists – worthy half-marathons.)
Take a helicopter ride over Denali and explore everything it has to offer.
Alaska is the highest mountain in America, Denali, surrounded by the eponymous National Park with 6 million acres of wilderness.
Prepare for Departure with Temsco Helicopters: Launch from your heliport and board the Alaska Range next to fluffy clouds overlooking the Denali National Preserve below. Then land in the heart of the Yanert Glacier and wander through its ancient land. Apart from impressive Insta snapshots, the coolest way to drink straight from the source is the pristine waters of the over 20,000-year-old glacier.
If you want to feel the burn, your trek in Denali National Park is towards Mount Healy Overlook. Take the Taiga Trail to the trailhead to the Mount Healy Trail; It is about 2.7 miles (one way) with a vertical drop of 1,700 feet. It is a strenuous but rewarding climb with opportunities to see dall sheep, caribou, moose and brown bears in the distance.
Do you want to get up? Opt for a wet and wild thrill as you raft the Nenana River with a river paddle. Be prepared with the waters of Class III through IV as you drive 11 miles down the river. But do not worry: with Raft Denali's mud flap you are in good hands (yes, that's his real name). His personality is eclectic and hilarious, and his exhilarating behavior means that he encourages you to "face it" (!) When facing a quick brawl and getting lost in the (cold) "glacier facials" of the Stop the river.
Get a gold rush in Skagway.
In the 1890s, Skagway was a busy hub for those who wanted to make it rich during the Klondike Gold Rush. Today there are still many discoveries that are still pending. With only 27 inches of moisture per year, the city is often referred to as the sunshine capital of Southeast Alaska – a magnet for anyone looking to get their vitamin D quota on Vaca.
The award-winning Skagway excursion is an ideal combination for climbers and climbers to climb the granite walls of the White Pass (aka Dead Horse Trail, a mountain pass) between Alaska and British Columbia. There are 12 climbs to choose from, which are between 25 and 60 feet high and are suitable for all skill levels. Difficulty level ranges from beginners / easy (5.4) to medium (5.9). Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Skagway River and the Haines State Forest – and then fearlessly descend on higher cliffs (70 to 80 feet). (It's not just worth the view.) There are more reasons why you should try rock climbing, stat.)
Roadies, look no further than Sockeye Cycle Co. to get those wheels moving. Since 1988, the company has specialized in a range of cycle tours ranging from multi-day endurance tests in Haines and Skagway to leisurely day trips with iconic and historic sites. A favorite is the Klondike Bike Tour; The three-hour, 15-mile drive begins at the tip of the White Pass Summit (3,292 feet above sea level) and ends at the Sealine. With moderate intensity, it is just enough to build a nice sweat, but light enough not to leave you breathless (or sore for tomorrow's hike). At pit stops, you can soak up stories from locals about Skagway and its once-gold-crazy population.
Go into Juneau mountaineering.
Juneau was founded in the 1880s as a gold mining camp and 1959 the capital of the state. Today, the city still enchants with glacier gardens, dog sledding (Alaska State Sport) and whale watching.
For an epic glacier flight and a hike, you can climb like a climber and make the NorthStar Trekking helicopter an unforgettable experience. While you are in the air, take in the sights below: dense spruce trees, rugged Nunatak peaks, the Mendenhall Valley and the Herbert Glacier. Land in the middle of Mendenhall Glacier Camp at 1,400 feet. Then channel your inner mountain goat as you climb a 90-degree inclined valley glacier that is 400 feet high.
Sail the ocean blue.
Okay, sailing is probably not the first thing you call "active travel". "Cruises can often have a bad reputation for their sedentary scenarios (and yes, their excessive buffets) – but leave it to Princess Cruises to change your mind Cruising can be cool, literal and figurative." Princess celebrates 50 years of sailing last limit (with stops such as Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay) encouraging guests to #ComeBackNew The elaborately curated itineraries and land-to-sea tours in northern Alaska are examples of their mantra, a full immersion in all Starting with a lumberjack to throw axes at Ketchikan, connect via helicopter landing with Mother Nature, and wander through Talkeetna's boreal forest, the highlights are so rewarding that you'll be treated to the seafood you'll absolutely enjoy Travel companies do the entire travel planning for you.)