Sightseeing in Alaska
Denali National Park – Known for its towering mountains, icy glaciers and low level forests and prairies, Denali’s most noted feature is Mount McKinley. Known as Denali by the locals, the mountain is the highest peak in North America and provides a magnificent backdrop for such activities as hiking, cycling and camping as well as dog-sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. This enormous twenty-four thousand square kilometre park is accessible by car too. Park goers will find a visitor’s centre, many inviting picnic and rest areas as well as hundreds of species of flora and fauna to enjoy.
Misty Fjords National Monument – Located on the extreme southern tip of Alaska in the state’s long, narrow ‘panhandle,’ Misty Fjords is part of the Tongass National Forest. The vast forest and pristine glacier carved lakes and canals lie approximately 60 kilometres from the Inside Passage Coast which is frequented by cruise ships. If you’re the adventurous type and would like to explore more of this gorgeous park, you can navigate the many inlets by kayak. Sea plane tours are also available and offer stunning overviews of this unspoilt area.
Sitka National Historical Park – Discover Alaska’s indigenous culture at Sitka National Historical Park. Located not far from Misty Fjords Monument, Sitka was created in 1910 to maintain and preserve the collection of detailed totem poles from the Tlingit and Haida people. Located along the beautiful banks of the Indian River, the park offers ample hiking and photography opportunities amidst the towering trees and jagged mountains. The informational visitor’s centre is open 7 days a week and provides an overview of the small battle that occurred here between Native Alaska tribes and Russian fur traders in 1804.