Alaska is one of the most beautiful places in the word. It's natural beauty extends from the lowlands by the coast to the rugged mountains inland. I was fortunate to visit Alaska in July 2011 with my wife. Now Alaska is a huge state, about one fifth the size of all of the other states combined. Although I traveled for hundreds of miles I only cover a small portion of the state. My travels took me from the town of Seward on the coast to the north central area of Denali National Park.
Kenai Fjords National Park
A few minutes by boat outside of the town of Seward are some glacier carved fjords. These narrow passages are abundant with wildlife. Sea otters can be seen floating in the bay as can a wide variety of birds. And of course there are breaching humpback whales that Alaska is so famous for. Here tidal glaciers make their way to the ocean occasionally breaking off (calving) to form icebergs.
Denali National Park and Preserve
In the central region of Alaska is Denali National Park and Preserve, a six million acre park of unspoiled wilderness. I had the privilege of staying for several days deep inside the park. The highlight of the trip was a sightseeing flight over the Alaska Range including a 360 trip around Mt. McKinley. Mt. McKinley know as Mt. Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain in North America at over 20,000 feet. As a preserve wildlife are protected and bears, caribou and moose are plentiful.