This small fishing village is our first taste of Alaska and has a large concentration of black and brown bears fishing along Salmon Glacier/Fish Creek. Many on the Canadian side of the border like to argue that this is part of their land, but either way, it a beautiful inlet surrounded by glaciers, mountains and rivers. Make sure you get your passport stamped here; they’ve got some of the coolest stamps!
For each luxury experience in Alaska, there is a free alternative, and as a personal rule I prefer that so I can make more trips than soak in luxury on a few trips. But, for this one, I had to make an exception - the bird-eye view of the beautiful glaciers and the peaks just cannot be matched from the ground.
Denali National Park and Preserve
Denali National Park is Alaska’s most popular attraction, and is home to Mt. Denali, meaning ‘The big one’ which at 20,310ft is North America’s highest peak. When you get up close to the Denali, it has a dominating impact that can leave you feeling trivial – it rises 18,000ft from its base!There are many ways to enjoy the Denali – you can get glimpses of it from the park bus ride, or splurge on a helicopter ride that takes you close to the peak, or better yet go for the free option of taking satisfying shots of it a few miles south of the park entrance – you will not miss it on the west on a clear day!