Glaciers, Mountains and More: Be Awed by Alaska’s Natural Attractions
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Begin on land or sea; the choice is yours. If you choose land, Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, will be your jumping-off point. The cultural appeal of this bustling city includes the Alaska Native Heritage Center and numerous art markets, and don’t forget to feast on fresh Alaskan salmon plucked straight from the streams.
A stay in Anchorage is followed by a luxurious motorcoach ride to Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The elegant, secluded lodge is located in Denali National Park and Preserve, home to Mount McKinley (the aforementioned highest mountain in North America, at 20,210 feet). You’ll be treated to a Natural History Tour of the expansive park at the foothills of the Alaska Range — learn from an Alaskan Native how the cherished land has been used for 10,000 years. Catch glimpses of Denali’s “Big Five”— moose, caribou, bears, wolves and Dall sheep.
A scenic rail journey takes you to the next part of the tour, the top-rated “Voyage of the Glaciers” cruise beginning in Whittier. Be awestruck over seven days as you witness the majestic glaciers of destinations including Glacier Bay, Endicott Arm and College Fjord. Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the pride of Alaska — the tidewater glaciers, mountains and deep fjords that sit on more than three million acres are an icy wilderness out of a fairytale. Nearly 30 percent of the park is made up of glaciers, those eye-popping accumulations of snow and ice slowly moving under their own weight. Listen to the unmistakable “white thunder” of ice as it calves into the ocean, from the comfortable deck or private balcony of your cruise ship. View sea lions, otters, porpoises and even humpback whales in their natural habitat.
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A voyage to Alaska is best experienced without rush — you need more than a few days to truly take in its wild majesty. Our thoughtfully planned Cruisetours, taking you from forest retreats to icy expanses, will make your wilderness journey feel complete.