Today’s visitors to Alaska and the Yukon are drawn by the rugged beauty of these remote states best experienced by visits to the many inland and coastal national parks such as Denali, Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Katmai with their spectacular fjords, mountains, lakes, glaciers, rivers and wide open spaces which abound with an amazing variety of wildlife.
On land visitors can see bears, moose, caribou, elk, wolves, otters, Dall sheep etc, in the air an amazing variety of bird life, in the coastal waters whales, seals, sea lions, otter, dolphins and no visit to Alaska would be complete without a cruise in the sheltered waters of the famous “Inside Passage” to view up close the many spectacular fjords and glaciers and the aquatic mammals and birds that live there.
Alaska and the Yukon share a colourful gold rush era history remnants of which remain to enhance the visitors experience and pleasure. Names such as Skagway, Juneau, Dawson City, Whitehorse together with those of the White & Chilkoot trail and passes are forever associated with the 100 000 prospectors who flocked to the area in the late eighteen nineties for the Klondike gold rush.
The recreated famous saloons of yester year such as Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino & CanCan in Dawson City together with restored rail roads and river boats allow the modern visitor to experience the flavour of these past wild and adventurous times.
The wide open spaces, lakes and rivers of the Alaska and the Yukon can be considered as the last frontier offering many opportunities for the active adventurer such as hiking, canoe camping trips on the mighty Yukon river, sea kayaking in the fjords and deep sea fishing etc as well for the more relaxed stays in remote and peaceful wilderness lodges far from civilisation many with only air or water access
Finally visits to Alaska and the Yukon do not necessarily have to be confined to the warmer months as there unique opportunities in winter for the active traveller such as dog sledding or snow mobiling and this area is among the most reliable for experiencing the eerie never to be forgotten Northern Lights best seen in the late autumn, winter and early spring months.