Alaska Map for Tourists, USA

Alaska map with Canada on the right (east) and Russia on the left (west).

Why vacation in Alaska, USA?

Alaska is the largest state in the USA, and the only one within the Arctic Circle. In fact it’s hardly in the USA at all, being way north and nearer to Canada than the USA.

Alaska contains little but spectacular mountains, shrinking glaciers, lakes and massive forests, with plenty of wildlife going visibly about their business – bears (in summertime), moose, eagles, whales and more.

Popular summer activities range from hiking, biking and kayaking to fishing, driving around, taking old-fashioned steam train rides or cruising on a comfortable ship with a Dry Martini in hand.

Most tourism to this state is from May to September but for the ardent winter sports fan Alaska is an unusual and low-cost alternative to Aspen or Whistler while for the determined isolation seeker Alaska’s summer months offer a wild and active vacation.

Some of Alaska’s attractions

• The White Pass and Yukon Route railroad, a spectacular vintage tourist train ride (from Skagway).

• The fantastic variety of panoramic views from both the Seward Highway and the Alaska Railroad as they stagger across the Chugach Mountains.

• Taking eye-boggling hikes and bike rides among pristine white peaks as far as the eye can see. Glacier walks too.

Boat/ship cruising or even better kayaking near one of Alaska’s awesome glaciers.

• Seeing the swirling magic of Northern Lights/Aurora colours (mainly in winter; Fairbanks Sept-April is good).

• Watching bears fishing for salmon and humpback whales leaping or bubble-net-fishing (blowing large amounts of bubbles to confuse fish). Humans fishing seem to be content too.

• Seeing genuine native Ketchikan totem poles in the Tlingit homeland.