This is a remarkable glaciated landscape, only accessible by water. In summer, make sure you bring sunscreen and sunglasses - as well as a camera, of course - as the Alaskan sun can be as intense as its vistas.
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The Denali National Park and preserve was established in 1917, incorporating Denali mountain, the highest peak in North America, with a spectacular summit over 20,000 feet above sea level. Denali National Park has a diverse and beautiful landscape, where lush forestland collides with the tundra, glaciers and bare rock.
Most people visit the National Park to witness Denali, known as ‘the roof of America’, but there’s so much more to do and see. Along with taking one of numerous hiking routes, visitors can spot an incredible range of wildlife, including grizzlies, black bears, caribou, wolves, moose and numerous types of squirrel, while bald and golden eagles soar overhead.
If you’re headed to Alaska, a visit to one of the world’s most unique botanical gardens is a must. Nestled in the thicketed Tongass National Forest, these hanging gardens spill from the rainforest, covering 50 acres. The creation of Alaska natives, Steve and Cindy Bowhay, this unique adventure into Alaska’s rainforests will have you winding through ancient spruces and hemlocks, before you reach a sweeping cliff-side viewpoint. `
Tours are taken with an expert guide, you shows you a different side of Alaskan landscapes, and helps you to understand the unique biodiversity that can be found here.
Crab plays a huge part in Alaskan cuisine and Tracy’s crab shack serves some of the best legs around with hot melted butter and garlic rolls. The also offer a crab bisque and other Alaskan seafood.
Alaska can almost seem like a different planet, but people forget it is also a US state, and as such celebrates wider USA cuisine. Places like the Double Musky Inn come to mind, which is a New Orleans style restaurant that serves classic New Orleans dishes with an Alaskan twist - and fresh Alaskan seafood as ingredients.
Smoked salmon is an Alaskan speciality and Gwin’s historic fishing lodge rests at the confluence of two world class salmon streams. Have it with pitta and vegetables. Have it in a thick chowder. Have it in a salad with salsa and avocado - however, you choose to eat it, revel in the best salmon you’ve ever tasted.
Don’t worry - this isn’t an Alaskan puppy, but rather an Alaskan take on the classic American hot dog, served with reindeer meat instead of pork. The gourmet reindeer sausages are seasoned with pepper and coriander before being smoked on an alder and served in a steamed bun. Delicious.