When I was planning my trip to Alaska at the beginning of last year, the top two questions everyone kept asking me were, “Are you going on a cruise?” and when I promptly answered no, the one that inevitably followed was, “Why Alaska of all places?”
And while I will break up my Alaska recommendations into separate posts, all I can say is this: if you haven’t yet gone, GO NOW. Especially if you are a person who loves nature and the great outdoors. While taking a cruise to Alaska can be fun in its own way (especially if traveling with a huge group or with little children), the best way to get a “local feel” to this great state is to fly in to Anchorage, rent a car, and just explore to your heart’s content.
And that’s exactly what I did. The day after I submitted my last application for graduate school, I packed up a backpack and a small suitcase, hopped on a plane, rented a car, and explored everything from Anchorage to Seward to the Arctic Circle past Fairbanks in just 2 weeks’ time. The mountains and glaciers are breathtaking, the wildlife beyond my imagination, and the people some of the nicest I have ever encountered in this world.
To date, this is still the best and my most treasured trip I have taken. Stay tuned for more!