A trip to Fairbanks takes you to the interior of Alaska, a landscape far more severe than the temperate coastal areas of Anchorage or Juneau-Skagway-Sitka. In Fairbanks, be sure to see dog mushing and the Musher's Museum, the Riverboat Discovery, the Athabaskan Indian Village, Log Cabin Information Center, the oil pipeline from Prudoe Bay to Valdez, and the Alaska Museum at the University of Alaska.
If you plan a ski trip or adventure outing for next winter, don't overlook Alaska. February in Anchorage is an option with some surprising attractions. Alyeska downhill skiing, cross country at Kincaid Park, the Fur Rondy or Fur Rondezvous, Eskimo Blanket Toss, Fur Auction, Crafts Fair at Egan Center, Pioneer Pancake Breakfast, Northern Lights, and Alaska Zoo are all good things to experience.
Summer visitors come each year to Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, mainly by cruise ship, to experience the glaciers and the wildlife., such as humpback whales.
Alaska's Denali National Park lures visitors with views of the highest mountain in North America, Mt. McKinley, and with superb wildlife viewing of grizzly bears, moose, dall sheep, caribou, and wolves. Take the Wildlife Tour into Wonder Lake. Dogsled mushing demonstrations, flight seeing around the mountain and glaciers, and rafting the Nenana River are other special park experiences.
Some smaller cruise ships and ferries call at or explore Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, Tracy Arms, and Haines. Here are portraits of four lesser-known ports and destinations in Alaska.
Anchorage is the gateway to many of the travel adventures available in Alaska. On your what to see and do list, put Resolution Park, Earthquake Park, salmon spawning, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Zoo, Portage Glacier, and Prince William Sound.
The return of wolves to Yellowstone and the proliferation of humpback whales in Alaska are two antidotes to environmental pessimism that I have experienced.
The beauty of nature, in all its ravishing diversity, is one of the main joys in life that we as humans may be fortunate to experience. Yet nature, in all its loveliness, does not care about the anxiety that we may feel regarding our brief human presence on this earth.