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.
Getting Away from It All in Alaska: Flying in a Bush Plane from Anchorage to be Dropped at a Wilderness Lake. Ketchum Air flew me for an hour to Trail Lake and left me there.
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.
From my tent on Growler Island in Prince William Sound I gazed at vast expanses of the Alaska wilderness. Prince William Sound offers a visitor the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Captain Stan Stephen's Cruises, Bligh Reef, Cordova, Eyak Indians, clear cuts, salmon, halibut, Valdez, Glacier Island, and zodiac boats.
The southeast panhandle of Alaska, including Juneau, Skagway, and Sitka, differs sharply from the more northerly sections of the state. Precipitation here is high, comparing with Washington state, so the trees, such as Sitka spruce, grow to great heights and can be harvested for lumber or pulp.
A two-week Alaska Grand Tour could take a visitor to Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway, and Sitka. Part of the trip would be by cruise ship and part by bus tour.
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.
Grizzly or brown bear viewing takes place at Alaska Bear Viewing Camp at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. This was formerly Wayne Beyers' homestead.